Skip to main content

The Bo Light Is a Minimalist Bullseye

Bo Light Ebony Scale, the bo light
Image used with permission by copyright holder
I love lamp.

The newest light offering by L.A. design studio MASSESS manifests in the shape of a simple archer’s bow, but is far from basic. Cordless and seemingly bulb-less, Bo ($250) is a brilliant practice in deconstructed minimalism.

Installed on the wall of your apartment, it can even make your framed Derek Jeter jersey look sophisticated. (No disrespect to Mr. November.)

MASSESS achieved its design goal of deconstructed minimalism by stripping away elements and materials to give space to what remains. For Bo, that is a solid oak arch reminiscent of an archer’s bow, kept tense by a bronze braided wire that acts as a touch-activated light control.

Lightly touch the wire to illuminate LEDs embedded into Bo’s oak spine, which diffuses light outward in a warm glow.

Bo Lights
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Designers at MASSESS said during the creation of Bo, they allowed the materials to guide its process, whereas traditionally designers sketch a product and source materials to fit its shape and purpose.

Bo ups its minimalist points by being explicitly cultureless (a main principle in the design aesthetic). It also pulls on the element of dislocation, as we quickly notice the shape of the light and its association to a bow and arrow, however the item now functions outside of the surroundings we might expect to see it.

If Bo is already Incepting your mind, join the club.

Its designers added that Bo is, “An approach to rediscover the beauty that arises from a deep understanding of the limitations in materials and processes… Yielding products that encapsulate not only form, but also physical forces.”

I guess the main point is, Bo’s not just a lamp. It’s part sculpture and part lighting solution that is stunning both in its functionality and presentation. (I guarantee you won’t be able to look at your normal lamps the same way anymore.)

Available in Ebony or natural finished Oak, Bo offers us a chance to dabble in hardcore minimalism, adding breadth and contemplation to our living area without going balls-to-the-wall and swearing to live with less than 100 things.

It’s the perfect choice for a space that needs to feel larger and less cluttered, and isn’t too strong of a design choice that you can’t use other styles like industrial lighting in other rooms.

Each fixture is handmade in-house at MASSES, where the designer’s obsessively detailed craftsmanship makes just another lamp into a timeless sculpture. And for those of us who have a hard time rationalizing the purchase of art (not to mention the excessive cost), you can kill two birds with Bo and get a masterpiece and a daily essential.

Jahla Seppanen
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Born and raised off-the-grid in New Mexico, Jahla Seppanen is currently a sports, fitness, spirits, and culture writer in…
Best Prime Day TV deals still available: Samsung, LG, Sony, TCL
Hisense U8 Series Mini-LED frame TV on wall

Prime Day is over, but diligent shoppers (and readers of this article) can still find some sweet TV deals. Whether you're looking to upgrade your home theater or just want a change, grabbing a new TV can be great, and with the market booming like it is right now, there's a world's worth of choices. To that end, we've collected some of our favorite TV deals for you below to save you a bit of extra hassle, so be sure to check out all the options thoroughly.
Best Samsung TV Prime Day Deals

Samsung 50-inch DU7200 4K Tizen TV --
Samsung 43-inch Q60C QLED 4K Tizen TV --
Samsung 55-inch Q70C QLED 4K Tizen TV --
Samsung 65-inch Q80C QLED 4K Tizen TV --
Samsung 65-inch QN800C Neo QLED 8K Tizen TV --

Read more
Tulsa King season 2: Everything we know so far
Here are some details on the plot, cast, release date, and more
Sylvester Stallone in Tulsa King

 

Sylvester Stallone's Dwight "The General" Manfredi is back. The central figure in Tulsa King will be making his return for the show's second season, and as the teaser for the new season suggests, he's got nobody to stand in his way.

Read more
Best GoPro Prime Day deals: Pick a model — it’s on sale!
GoPro HERO11 Black perfect gift for the outdoors

Prime Day may have officially ended but there are still Prime Day deals hanging around out there. GoPro Prime Day deals are among them, which is great news if you're in search of both ultimate savings and something fun to add to your tech toolkit. The action camera maker is seeing several camera models still discounted for Prime Day and there are quite a few GoPro accessories seeing a discount as well. We've tracked down all of the best GoPro Prime Day deals still available so read onward to get yourself outfitted and save a few bucks along the way.
Best GoPro camera Prime Day deals
GoPro makes some of the best action cameras around so whatever you buy, you’ll be delighted with the results. We’ve picked out many different GoPro camera Prime Day deals so you’re all set whatever your budget or requirements may be.

GoPro Hero 10 --
GoPro Hero 12 --
GoPro Hero 6 --
GoPro Hero 5 --

Read more