Triennale Design Museum presents a selection of over sixty table lamps designed and made in the 1960s and early 70s, dubbed by historians of design as “Space Age”, it is an era of great social change, but also the era in which international politics were focused on the imaginary collective achievements as a landing space for a fruitful and truly progressive modernity.
The lamps on display come from international collections, ranging from the mass produced, to pieces made by well known designers such as Joe Colombo, Vico Magistretti, Gino Sarfatti and Giotto Wick.
Space Age Lights, 12 May – 05 September, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
Lamps from the Sax family represent an alternative to all surfacemounted downlighters. Its 26 different variations cover the entire spectrum of lighting-design requirements. The choice of different light sources means that this model also boasts a wide range of applications.
Sax, by Alain Monnens, for Vertigo Bird
“Established & Sons invited us to conceive a contemporary lamp using the traditional know-how of Venini, Italy. For Lighthouse, our inspiration came from the observation of the sophisticated craftsmanship of Murano’s master glass blowers. The idea was to light up a voluminous round glass structure that would be supported by a delicate aluminium stick. We worked on the precariousness of the equilibrium: there is one and only, sharp point of contact, no fixation, as if the glass was in its originate state, hanging insecurely from the blowing pipe. We wanted to work on the vulnerability of the object.”
German designer Martin Schmid, has designed a series of lamps made from paper.
Papo Lamps, by Martin Schmid, Cocage
The sleek lines of the Spock fitting are part of a wider trend that is becoming increasingly popular today: the amorphous forms that refer to elements in nature. Architect Zaha Hadid is the pioneer of this style, but top firms like Apple, Bang & Olufsen or even Miele with its kitchen appliances have realised that rounded forms, tactility and ‘friendly’ design contribute to user happiness. These companies’ products evoke warm feelings in their users thanks to their design inspired by nature, the origin of all life. The Spock, too, has been created from these ingredients because the designers wanted to come up with a timeless creation without falling into the trap of überdesign. The return to natural authenticity, after all, has become a solid point of reference in both the fashion and interior design sectors.
Spock Wall and Ceiling Light, by Couvreur & Devos, for Modular Lighting Instruments
New products for Skitsch include the Fire Kit – instant campfire!
Made from blown glass and Corian, the color of light from the Campane lamp is determined by changing or combining the tinted glass shades. Limited edition of 15 copies + 2 artist copies.
Campane Lamp, by Guillaume Delvigne Glassblower: Matteo Gonet
Ionna Vautrin presents a a series of lighting called Moaïs. Each model consists of ten sheets of polycarbonate and ten “combs” in painted or anodized aluminum, and a black aluminum base shaped like a truncated cone. Easy to assemble, some are left white, while others are screen printed.
Moaïs, by Ionna Vautrin, January 26 – March 20, at ToolsGalerie, Paris, France
The w102 task lamp references an archetypal personal desk lamp for home or office use, and seeks to offer a fresh interpretation of the familiar on a domestic scale. The lamp is predominantly made from brass – a material commonly associated with lights, though not so widely used today – with details in rubber. The intention was to create a simple form with a clear distinction between a base, a single arm and a lamp head. The lamp has no visible joints and minimal directional movement, without compromising its function.
w102 Task Lamp, by David Chipperfield, for Wästberg