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Balance by Studio Mieke Meijer

Balance is a wooden LED lamp that only illuminates when perfectly balanced. The will to use it must be stronger than the fear of disturbing the balance.

To find the perfect balance, isn’t that something we are all looking for? Dutch designer Mieke Meijer found it and created a lamp that consists of two balancing wooden posts connected by a single wire. We love its archetypal, almost graphic appearance.


The lamp Balance was designed for the exhibition ‘Untouchables’ by collective Dutch Invertuals and first presented during Dutch Design Week 2011 in Eindhoven. With this exhibition the designers present their responses to the prevailing spirit of insecurity of our times and the downside of freedom. They transposed the theme of vulnerability into contemporary designs. Balance, delicacy, curiosity and transience have formed their inspiration.


Mieke Meijer’s response to the theme was that finding the right balance is the key and she translated the theme of vulnerability into her design called Balance. During the Salone del Mobile Mieke presented the improved version including a prototype of a suspension lamp within the same concept.


LEDs are hidden within the horizontal post. Over the entire length of both posts a brass strip conducts the low voltage current. When the brass strips touch, the electrical circuit is completed and the light turns on. The lamp is adjustable by sliding the horizontal post and available as table and floor model in three different material combinations.


Mieke Meijer invented kranthout or Newspaperwood, a new material she developed with the help of designlabel vij5. You can read their story on Coffeeklatch. 

Text: Magali Elali
Photos: Raw Rolor

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