One of our top picks in Milan at this year’s Euroluce was Arik Levy’s Wireflow work for Vibia. This sculptural work of art was almost like an ultra-modern play on swag lights, creating a whole new silhouette with the wire frame. Check out a few comments from Levy about his design in this video from designboom:
Here at Lumens HQ, our city’s been awaiting word if our beloved NBA basketball team would be sticking around. Yesterday brought good news, and the city released a few drawings of the proposed new arena in downtown Sacramento.
Now, we know lighting ‘round here, and we’ll be darned if those aren’t Random Lights by Moooi spotted in one of the drawings:
The drawings are hardly set in stone, of course, but I couldn’t help myself to think this favorite from Moooi certainly wouldn’t be a bad choice. A grand space and lively atmosphere punctuated by a statement-making light like the Random is right up our alley. We might even kick it up a notch, with even bolder designs fitted with LEDs, such as:
Heracleum II Suspension by Moooi: A little more whimsical than the Random, but with an audacious silhouette that would bring on cheers even outside the court:
Copernico Suspension by Artemide: While each of this fixtures nine aluminum rings rotate independently, we quite like the out-of-this-world when each is turned every which way, and could certainly see them hovering overhead in the city’s new hot spot.
Nafir Pendants by AXO Light: This new design from Karim Rashid would be a seriously sleek addition to the arena’s lounge. The thin, lengthy shape is modeled after the North African trumpet used in ceremonial music.
Raimond LED Suspension by Moooi: Almost like Random’s blinged-out cousin, the Raimond is a subtle sphere by day, and a sparkly stunner by night, when each pendant is lit by 252 LED lights.
Sacramento, what do you envision the new arena looking like? Check out the rest of the sketches in the Sacramento Bee.
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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A brand’s creative force is ever more apparent at the Milan Furniture Fair, where designers are challenged to show off their work in the best way possible. This year, Moooi’s exhibit absolutely blew us away.
If only pictures did it justice–but you’re in luck. If you weren’t able to make it to Milan, Moooi had your back. You can take a (very in-depth) virtual tour on their site and literally check out every corner, every angle, every beautiful piece that they so masterfully displayed. Check it out right here.
It’s no surprise that Kartell doesn’t disappoint when it comes to showing off their goods. The Italian manufacturer always has one of the more stunning booths at the Milan Furniture Fair, where our team spent a few days this month scoping out what’s new in European design and lighting. We loved this year’s effort as well, which was built to look like European storefronts, with each “shop window” showcasing the work of the company’s celebrated designers like Philippe Starck and Piero Lissoni.
A few of our favorites were ultra-luxe chairs from Lenny Kravitz (indeed, that Lenny Kravitz, who partnered with Kartell to revamp and glam up Philippe Starck’s Mademoiselle Chair) and a new outdoor collection from Rodolfo Dordoni. Hello, summer!
Patricia Urquiola can do no wrong in our book, including her new Clap Armchair for Kartell in 15 soft, muted color configurations:
Kartell also revealed its collaboration with Laufen, a swiss manufacturer of ceramic bath pieces. The two together merges Kartell’s design roots and innovation in plastic with Laufen’s materials and technological expertise. The resulting collection pairs transparent polycarbonate accents with the bare edges of bathroom pieces for a light, minimal aesthetic.
In sum: lots to look forward to this year from Kartell.
Avant-garde illumination is the name of the game for the Lightecture from AXO Light, which we’ve just added to Lumens.com. The fixtures in the Lightecture line have nearly endless variations in type, color, size and lamping and boast dimensions up to nearly 6 feet. The range of possibilities makes this line well-suited for the trade and commercial work, allowing for many customized solutions that perfectly suit your project. For example, the Bell Collection features a suspension, ceiling and wall lamp built from a metal structure and covered with a choice of 10 colored fabrics. The Damsco collection (two suspension variations, a wall light and a floor lamp) features a simple, flared shade with an intricate floral pattern in unconventional sizes for a big statement.
Our latest exclusive from Varaluz comes at a fitting time. April is Earth Month, and Varaluz has been a friend of ‘ol Mother Earth since the company’s inception–all of its lighting is built from recycled materials, turning would-be trash like steel, shells and wood into modern lighting treasures. One of the company’s newest introductions is the Slatisfaction Pendants, available in both a large and mini pendant size. The gourd-shaped piece is made up of sweeping curves of hand-forged recycled steel, with curving, open slats that let the bulbs within peek through and produce a swirling pattern of light.
“I have been enamored lately with the 60’s and 70’s onion shapes,” says Slatisfaction designer and Varaluz founder Ron Henderson. “Or maybe ‘tormented’ is a better term if you knew my parents’ sense of décor.”
Henderson finds inspiration in both likely and surprising places: “[It] can come from a B-52s song, a shadow on a sidewalk, a bad pun, women’s jewelry, an amazing visual or real texture, or great architecture,” he says, “and/or anything in between.” For Slatisfaction, he did take a slight turn toward the retro. “Think of those free-floating mod fireplaces from that era. I started playing with that shape and worked my love of dramatic silhouetting into the mix.”
But don’t fear–Henderson’s pendant may evoke memories of wood paneling and corduroy upholstery, but Slatisfaction is placed squarely in this millennium. Like all of Henderson’s lighting, he balanced a playful sense of possibility with an eye toward the environment when designing Slatisfaction. Made from 100% recycled hand-forged steel, it is entirely possible that one of those free-floating fireplaces has been given new life in the form of Slatisfaction. Everything old is new again—isn’t that incredibly slatisfying?
Outdoorsy, cabin-esque living hardly evokes imagery of modern living (I think animal skin rugs, Lincoln log paneling and dusty knick-knacks, at best). I think that’s why I was so enamored with this recent project from our trade partner Jordan Iverson, where he managed to merge his contemporary talents with a woodsy wonder in Eugene, Oregon. The property has a natural rustic makeup, surrounded by tall trees and with enviable, endless views, but sharp lines on the outside and modern, minimal finishes on the inside gives the project an eclectic edge.
Most of the home’s light fixtures are from ET2 Lighting, save for two fixtures Iverson designed himself: A cluster of exposed pendants on red cords in the dining space and two caged wall sconces that perfectly bookend the fireplace and TV set up:
Even though the interior has a modern sensibility about it, the bucolic setting shines through in small touches like the reclaimed wood wall, fireplaces throughout and dark wood cabinetry. Big, glorious windows bring the outside in with fresh-feeling views of Eugene’s scenery.
For more on the 1151 Crenshaw Project, check out Jordan’s website.
“Obvious and simple” functionality is at the heart of Fabien Dumas’ TamTam design for Marset, but don’t confuse “simple” with “simplistic.” Inspired by kids playing bongos in the park near his Berlin flat, Dumas worked closely with the team at Marset to develop this entirely unique and totally versatile design. A light with a sense of movement (each “drum” turns 360° to point light in any direction), it also comes a variety of color and size options. Dumas’ family relocated frequently while he was growing up, from Martinique to the French Riviera to Tahiti, and so his design sensibility has evolved to reflect constant movement, sense of possibility and a globally conscious aesthetic.