Lumio is a multi-purpose, portable lamp that unfolds from a book. The small, lightweight device weighs only 1 pound and is 8″ tall and 1″ in thick. It can be used almost anywhere and unfolded into a variety of positions for different lighting needs, like a full circle to replicate a lampshade or a half-circle to provide under-the-counter light.
The cordless lamp can last eight hours on a single charge and folds into a compact book you can take with you, making it useful for camping trips or providing extra lighting while traveling. The built-in battery can be recharged through a power connector located discreetly on the spine.
Super strong magnets are built into its cover so it can be easily mounted on metal surfaces in many different configurations. Lumio automatically turns on and off as you open and close the cover, and its flexible and durable spine design allows you to control the brightness by adjusting the angle. Inhabitat has a great interview with the creator, Max Gunawan, where he tells them about the inspiration for his design:
I had these folding paper models that I used to carry around in my Moleskine sketchbook. It dawned on me one day that a book would be a great way to package this idea of a collapsible light fixture: it’s compact, has that visceral connection with the idea of a “book that illuminates” and has that unexpected element of surprise.
Lumio is available on Kickstarter with an FSC-certified wood cover in three finish options: Dark Walnut, Warm Cherry, and Blonde Maple. You can get your hands on one for a pledge of $95. Check out the campaign video below: