The Japanese Light Design Brand Ambientec Presents Hymn by Hiroto Yoshizoe

Japanese Light Design Brand Ambientec
HYMN, rechargeable portable lamp designed by Hiroto Yoshizoe. Photo: Rie Amano

Ambientec explores the movement of light with Hymn, a contemporary interpretation of a traditional chamberstick.

Japanese Light Design Brand Ambientec
When switched on, the electric current activates two magnets which, with their invisible force, brings movement to the pendulum lens. These tiny, constant oscillations, following a vibrant and unpredictable rhythm, along with the refraction of the 2000K LED light by the lens, create the delicate and warm glow of a real candle. When switched off, the lamp releases one last glow like a real candle, before extinguishing completely. Photo credit: Giuseppe De Francesco

Ambientec presents the new HYMN nomadic lamp. Intimate and joyful, the candle-like light of HYMN is a captivating sight. A contemporary interpretation of a traditional chamberstick candle holder, Hiroto Yoshizoe’s new portable lamp for Ambientec brings the charm of an antique heirloom into the world of modern light design.

This new project comes from the fortuitous meeting of Ambientec’s spirit of curious exploration and the young Japanese designer’s inspiration.

Fascinated by the motion of light, Ambientec’s visionary founder and CEO Yoshinori Kuno was struck by Hiroto Yoshizoe’s prototype on display at the 2019 SaloneSatellite in Milan: its most interesting feature was its ability to translate the hypnotic dynamism of a candle flame into a luminous modern design object.

Japanese Light Hymn
The finishing touch is a removable, transparent glass cap, which highlights the lamp’s sparkling play of reflections. Photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki
“HYMN avoids being a slavish imitation of a flame,” says Ambientec CEO Yoshinori Kuno. “Beginning with Hiroto Yoshizoe’s inspired idea and respecting its originality, we chose not to fall into the trap of a realistic, didactic effect. Rather, we aimed to create a new concept of intimate, moving light by combining LED technology, magnets and lens in an unexpected way.”

The development of the patent-pending project took two years of research and development. As in all its lamps, Ambientec combines poetic design, LED technology and high jewelry workmanship: a distinctive element of HYMN is the pendulum in movement thanks to the repulsive force of magnets.

Hiroto Yoshizoe has designed HYMN as an essential, extremely modern candle holder, with a base and handle made of anodized aluminum in gold or black finishing. A small lens in transparent acrylic material lies on a thin metal holder: a kind of luminous pendulum, ready to sway and rotate.

Technical Sheet

Designer: Hiroto Yoshizoe
Year of production: 2021
Material and finishing: glass, aluminum, silicon rubber, abs resin, acrylic resin, steel wire
Dimensions: including charger stand φ69 x W 96 x H 177 mm /φ2 23⁄32 x W 3 25⁄32 x H 6 31/32 inches; without charger stand φ69 x W 96 x H 169 mm /φ2 23⁄32 x W 3 25⁄32 x H 6 21/32 inches.
Technology: LED
Waterproof: IP66
Power: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery 3.7V/190mAh
Recharge duration: Approx. 3 hours

About Hiroto Yoshizoe

Designer, Hiroto Yoshizoe
Designer, Hiroto Yoshizoe. Photo: courtesy Hiroto Yoshizoe

After studying scenography and display and fashion design at Musashino Art University, Hiroto Yoshizoe worked for an interior design company and later went freelance. Today, he lives and works in Tokyo, where he is in charge of art direction and spatial design for hotels, restaurants and retail environments, designing installations, decorations and architectural elements.

He has also collaborated with numerous international design companies and fashion brands, from Italy to Brazil, the United States and China. He lectures regularly at Kyoto University of the Arts. Among his awards and honors are the Grand Prix at the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2017, and he was chosen as one of the young emerging designers featured in “dwell24,” an initiative launched by the American magazine Dwell.

About Ambientec

The Japanese light design brand was launched in 2009. Founder and CEO Yoshinori Kuno had previously created AOI Japan Co., Ltd. in 1999, specializing in the production of protective underwater cases for professional photography equipment and, later, a full line of professional lighting for underwater photography under the RGBlue brand, still a synonym for high quality today.

This technology, and the know-how necessary for the development of portable gear able to resist high water pressure at extreme depths while still providing excellent light, represented a body of knowledge that Yoshinori Kuno brought into the world of design.

Ambientec was created to explore new frontiers in portable lighting for everyday spaces: from outdoors to the bath, from the home to the elegant café. High-quality components and refined design come together to create inimitable products Driven by experience in photography gear, Ambientec’s portable, rechargeable, and waterproof lamps are made with masterful precision in ultra-sturdy materials that make them – in terms of both style and durability – indestructible.

Photo Credit: Hiroshi Iwasaki and Rie Amano