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Fioriness by Laurent Corio

“In my imaginary world, Fioriness is the expression of a latin attitude where the word “flower” is the poetic link between french and italian: “fiori”, “fleurs”, “flirter” which means “to flirt”. The emotions and play of a candle light diner or an August summer sunlight. These sparkles of light define the flower standing in its vase as the witness of a promissing story.”

Fioriness, by Laurent Corio, secondome

Specular Table Light by Lukas Peet

Inspired by the specular reflections and rays of light, the design is heavily weighted on function and has a strong graphical presence. The goal was to create a light that would illuminate the table surface as well as the ceiling while leaving the space in-between free from direct light. The half mirrored globe bulb reflects all the light down and onto the table surface while reflecting the light captured in the hemisphere upward where the warmth of the textured yellow post is added to the ceiling and surroundings. When seen from above the surroundings are reflected in the mirrored bulb while acting as the shade preventing the light from shinning into the person’s eyes. Composed of a painted outer and polished inner stainless steel hemisphere, painted steel post, maple wood base and 60w half mirrored globe bulb (G40).

Specular Table Light, by Lukas Peet

Vessel Series Lamps by Samuel Wilkinson for Decode

Each looks to celebrate the bulb from a different perspective. The designs were produced specifically to complement the flowing forms of the Plumen 001. when illuminated the glass tint mutes the light without hiding the form and produces an unexpected irregular reflection that appears holographic. The outer veil of the Vessels is pierced by a fluid machined aluminium form which holds the bulb in the centre of the volumes. Every piece is totally unique as they are all mouth blown by eye, without a mould, by a local master craftsman. Of the three variations two can be either hung as a pendant or placed on a flat surface as a floor or table light. The angle cut form references the traditional type of impossible bottle (ship in a bottle).

Vessel Series Lamps, by Samuel Wilkinson, for Decode

Spar Light by Jamie McLellan

Thin, full of lines wisely discontinuous, it speaks about acrobatics and tensions. “Stressed” tensions, when the whole stands up thanks to a red electric wire, as for a poetic funambulism, when the semi-transparent string, pulled, leaves the scene to the neat lines of the skeleton.

Spar Light, by Jamie McLellan, at Design Junction, London Design Festival, September 22 – 25, via: abitare

Coral Reef Light by QisDesign

The Coral Reef Light, created by japanese design studio QisDesign, is an LED lamp with an organic-like form, designed in collaboration with Taiwan’s National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium.

The design is produced as a silver-coloured table lamp, standing 465mm (18.3 inches) tall, and a metallic floor lamp standing 1618mm (5.3 feet), both composed of aluminum alloys and polycarbonate. The floor lamp features three petals,each independently activated by swiveling, while the table lamp has a single adjustable layer and is turned on and off by a button on the stand.

Coral Reef Table Light, Coral Reef Floor Light, by QisDesign

Forêt illuminée by Ionna Vautrin for Super-ette

Two trees intertwined, an imaginary animal, a cloud hugging the ground… Composed of a luminous cocoon wearing two trunks of wood, this light awakens the imagination. Two simple wooden cylinders extend as light masts on which lies a misty lampshade in tyvek.

Forêt illuminée, by Ionna Vautrin, for Super-ette

Wig Pendant by Chris Hardy for FontanaArte

“When I was conceptualizing this design I was inspired by the of society-a unique, organic social structure formed through the relationships that connect an individual to a greater community. This idea of a single mass constructed of smaller individual elements I found to be an interesting concept to visualize through form.”
- Chris Hardy

FontanaArte Wig Pendant, by Chris Hardy Design

Jean-François d’Or: Golden Child of Belgian Design

Thirty-seven-year old Jean-François d’Or (a name that befits the sunny, luminous quality about him) is considered one of the most talented, prolific and appreciated designers in Belgium.

In 2010, he was chosen to represent his hometown, Brussels, during the national design week (Design September), and a retrospective selection of his works was displayed in one of the shiny spheres of the iconic Atomium. On this occasion, critics praised his “simple, unpretentious, logical objects that appeal as much for their evident, clearly perceptible design as well as their discrete poetry”. “Humble” is quite the epithet for Jean-François d’Or — and he proudly claims the label, turning these words from Belgian poet George Linze into his motto: “A strange phosphorescence covers the humblest objects as if poetry were only what is extraordinary about the ordinary”.

Droog design, Domani, Interni Edition, Konstantin Slawinski, Jongform, Ligne Roset (his terracotta Maternity pot was recently released during the Milan Salone, another landmark in the collaboration he started a few years ago with the Roset group) or The Conran Shop are among the brands his name has been associated with. Lately, he has designed a bed for Magnitude (which was introduced during the Kortrijk fair) and a series of door handles for Vervloet (on display at Maison&Objet in Paris). A large panel which somehow illustrates his versatility, as well as his ability to absorb himself into raw material, whether clay, glass, metal or wood is involved.

Graduated from the renowned La Cambre School of design in Brussels (1998), he started his own studio, Loudor design, five years later. In between, he had managed to achieve a project in New York with textile designer Caroline Ray, then to work in his homeland with star designers such as Maarten Van Severen and Hans De Pelsmacker. Already granted a Henry van de Velde award (Belgium’s most coveted prize in the design field), this deeply grounded young man’s creations are now everywhere, through his brainchild: Loudor design has set up ongoing collaborations with the most prestigious design labels in Europe. A gifted, modern day alchemist, well-named Jean-François d’Or seems to turn everything he touches into gold.

Elodie Palasse-Leroux
(French journalist Elodie Palasse-Leroux is the founder and editor of Sleek design, launched in 2009)

Bonbonne hanging lamp, Bonbonne floor lamp, Arlequin, Bonbonne, Drop, Mezzoluna, by Jean-François d’Or, Loudor design

Crimean Pinecone Lamp by Pavel Eekra

Crimen pinecone lamp consists of 56 plates and screws, without an internal skeleton due to rounding forms plaques form gaps through which light passes. Boards themselves are also slightly transparent, this creates a particular pattern of light from the outside and downward bright light. Flatpack in natural maple veneer.

Crimean Pinecone Lamp, by Pavel Eekra

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