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
The rotating lids act as a mechanical dimmer to control the light intensity. Jar desk lamps are made from lathed oak, stained natural or black. Available in two sizes: 125 mm and 250 mm tall (280 mm diameter).
Jar Lamps, by Noon Studio
The Toy Lamp is a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted table lamp by Ryan McElhinney in his London Studio. Made of recycled toys which are bonded together and then coated in a high-gloss polyurethane lacquer.
Toy Lamp, by Ryan McElhinney
Ogle has the functionality of a spotlight combined with the elegance of a pendant lamp. The lamp comes in a matte black soft lacquer finish and LED fitting.
The design for I.cono achieves visual lightness, combining cleanliness and consistency throughout the range. The rotating mechanisms of the head and base seem invisible thanks to the high technical quality in all the processes of creating this light.
Available in polycarbonate lacquer, black, white or pistachio.
I.cono, by Lievore, Altherr and Molina Studio, for Vibia
Studio Olafur Eliasson is an experimental laboratory located in Berlin. Led by renowned Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, it functions as an interdisciplinary space, generating fresh dialogues between art and its surroundings. A new product designed for Zumtobel is a modular lighting system called Starbrick.
Starbrick consists of injection-moulded polycarbonate components with a matte black finish. The semi-transparent, yellow, reflective surfaces at its core are backlit by LEDs. The light from the outward-facing LED Boards is concentrated and evenly distributed via polycarbonate refractors.
Starbrick by Studio Olafur Eliasson, for Zumtobel