The Leaf personal light from Herman Miller, Inc., has received the much-coveted I.D. magazine Annual Design Review "Best of Consumer Products" award. Over 400 entries were submitted to the competitive category, which highlights sustainability, innovation, and ease of use.
Introduced in 2006, Leaf is an LED (light emitting diode) table-top light--a result of collaborative engineering and design development between Herman Miller and Yves Behar's San Francisco-based studio, fuseproject.
Leaf's design encourages the human senses to become engaged by allowing the user to choose the intensity and color of light. Additionally, Leaf's LEDs consume less than eight to nine watts of power, carry a lifespan of over 60,000 hours at the full-power setting, and cut energy use by 40 percent compared to a 13-watt compact fluorescent bulb.
Jurors hailed Leaf as a technological breakthrough, noting its contribution to energy efficiency and sustainability.
"It looks beautiful," said juror Paul Priestman. "And any beautiful design that uses less energy is a good thing."
Approximately 2,000 entries were submitted to eight categories for the 53rd annual design competition. Award recipients are featured in the magazine's July/August 2007 issue.