Not from the Stone Age but closer to Kryptonite, Crystal Rock appears in the cave of the future as an ambassador of the fusion between nature and man, light and reflection, transparency and mass.
All these characteristics are gathered within a perfectly cut, yet roughly sculpted contemporary silex that interacts between light and darkness, suspended in the air like a frozen shooting star. It‘s as if the world stood still at the very moment you gaze upon it, the multiple reflections and deflections fascinating during the day and even more dynamic at night, when lighted. Crystal Rock‘s LED source highlights the artistic glassmaking process and advanced gluing techniques, gleaming on its inner curved surfaces and defining form on cut facets.
Crystal Rock, by Arik Levy, for Lasvit
On the boundary of abstraction, this lamp, thought as a picture consists of a succession of plans, staging materials and their plastic quality. The light appears in a slit like in an open door, putting together the poetry of the forms and the preciosity of the materials. This sculptural lamp is the formal vision of a dreamed freedom.
Nightfall on Livingstone, by Numéro 111
An exercise in contrasts, the Copenhagen Pendant fuses the classic and the modern, the maritime and the industrial. Its matte-lacquered metal lampshade disperses the light in a subtle but spectacular way, resembling the classic gaslight feel of the bleak Copenhagen piers.
“The biggest challenge in designing the Copenhagen Pendant was to meet our own expectations in making an equally sculptural and functional light,” says Signe Bindslev Henriksen, co-founder of Space Copenhagen.
Originally Space Copenhagen designed one version of the pendant, but the project subsequently expanded into a series of three sizes and five matte shades. “The starting point was to create a design which would allow us to mix various metal finishes,” says Peter Bundgaard Rützou, the studio’s other founding partner. The result is a flexible light that works in many different spaces, on its own, or in a cluster.
The initials TEO stand for Timeless Everyday Objects, formulating the design guideline, principles and values of this interior brand. The first TEO collection presents mainly a range of lighting design products. Playing beautifully with the contrast of colorfully painted metal and mouth blown glass, this collection emphasizes TEOs identity to offer its customers high quality products with traditional materials and a timeless yet unique design suitable for everyday life.
Collar Lamp is a lamp, which unites simple Scandinavian design with Spanish elegance. The organic shape of the lampshade reflects a pleasant, diffuse light into the room. The lamp consists of three parts; a base, a LED-bulb and a lampshade. The shade, made from powder painted steel, is mounted on an oak wood base. The shade rotates 180 degrees so the light can be directed in any desired angle. The contrast between the cold steel and the warmth of the wood gives the lamp a beautiful, aesthetic expression. Collar Lamp is produced as an up-light and as a wall lamp.
Collar Lamp by Jordi López Aguiló for Nordic Tales
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its iconic Bourgie table lamp, Italian plastic furniture specialist Kartell invited ten designers associated with the company to create tribute pieces for a special exhibition. For their contribution, Japanese design studio Nendo decided to work with two of the lamp’s most distinctive characteristics – its use of silhouettes and its transparency – rather than touching the original design itself.
Nendo created a new table lamp by inverting and rotating the Bourgie lamp’s silhouette, so that when two of the new lamps are lined up together, the space between them forms the upside-down silhouette of the Bourgie lamp. “Because our homage inverts both the lamp’s figure-ground relationship and our regular sense of up and down, we named the lamp Eigruob” the designers told us.
Stripping away the frills poses the risk of coming up against bare essentials, sometimes in a highly visible way. A fine example are Alessandro Zambelli’s new lights, designed for .exnovo. He calls the collection “Afillia,” a name borrowed from botany. In plant terms, it means leafless, though not lifeless: surely an apt image for a collection of luminous essentials and airy voids.
The Afillia range of six lighting accessories consists of three table lamps and three pendant lights. The base or socket ring is in Swiss pine, a premium wood from the Alto Adige mountains, hand-crafted according to the region’s ancient traditions. The wood fitting locks on to a light diffuser in polyamide (also known as nylon fibre), sintered by professional 3D printing.
The results are furnishing extras, either one-offs or limited editions. The avant-garde technology really does print them, but the machined product is in perfect harmony with the intuitive skill of the master-craftsmen who shape the material from the amorphous polymer block. They finish off the process by hand, lending the personal touch to every creation. The centrepiece of each accessory is a diffuser which embraces and embellishes space. Delicate, lace-like patterns with their geometrical pinholes give rise to two-dimensional origami in thin, curvaceous spirals. Free to waver at will, the light casts fleeting shadows, then beams into unexpected focus, forming compact halos, round and bright. This is energy in fluid form, in the no-man’s land between stuff and shape, air and light.
Afillia by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo
The increased use of screens, emitting their constant bright white light, is blurring the distinction between work and leisure, between day and night. But for us human beings it is best to experience light of varying warmth and intensity within the 24-hour cycle: bright white during the day to help us stay alert and concentrate; warmer, soothing light during the evening to help us wind down and prepare for sleep. Arnout Meijer has designed the Thanks for the Sun Series to allow users to adapt the temperature and character of the light in their rooms.
Thanks for the Sun Serie, by Arnout Meijer Studio
Nendo has produced a series of lamps that use the traditional technique and modified it to create seamless three-dimensional washi forms.
The design light has adjustable arms and an orientable head for a flexible use. The LED light is operated by means of a built-in sensor dimmer located in its head.