This month, our team headed to the design capital of the world for Euroluce, the lighting fair that takes place at the Milan Furniture Fair. It was a whirlwind of great design, and we picked up a few highlights that we spotted among new releases and some of our favorite designers:
Copper: This industrial metal emerged as a design favorite last year, and continued its reign in 2013. Brands like Tom Dixon, Verpan, Diesel for Foscarini and Bocci all paid tribute to the shiny metal finish by way of adding it to some of their most well-recognized fixtures or incorporating subtle copper accents on cords and canopies.
Wood and wood accents: The au natural look also continued to a source of inspiration for many new lighting fixtures, like the new Stick collection by Matali Crasset for Fabbian. From bare, natural wood finishes like this to mixing wood with cold metals and soft fabrics, wood seemed to make its way into many new—and beautiful—lighting designs.
Decorative LEDs: LED lighting isn’t new, but as designers work to integrate this energy-saving light source into their work, we are really starting to see the design edge that LEDs can provide. Plus, many more classic fixtures like those from Flos and Foscarini are reintroducing some of their most famous fixtures (like Patricia Urquiola’s Caboche for Foscarini) in LED.
New Nordic: Scandinavian design was at its best, from furniture to lighting. We loved the new pieces from award-winning Swedish lighting company Wästberg, as well as the work exhibited by furniture and lighting studio Muuto and Northern Lights. The color palette from Scandinavian designs wasn’t like any other, including many bright pendants in less predictable hues like mint greens and muted primary colors.
Swag Lights: Designers were getting very creative with swag lighting, turning simple ceiling lights into sculptural works of art. Going far beyond a simple draped/hanging cord, swag lights were creating illusions with colored cords, clustered pendants and textured pieces for a new, unique effect.
Table Pendants: We weren’t quite sure what to peg these as, but we saw a lot of work-light-inspired “pendants” that were actually designed to sit on a tabletop. These go-anywhere lights are less expected than a table lamp, but offer accent lighting and visual interest into what could be Furniture and lighting from Muuto.a small or hard-to-design space.
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