UNDERSTANDING Millelumen

Millelumen Sculpture linear pendant light white

The tone of any business is set at the top. At the top of Millelumen is the founder, Dieter K. Weis. He was a professional photographer, so he has a heightened awareness of light. He has also been designing light fittings for over thirty years.

His preferences are for straight lines, clear and reduced shapes, concentration on the essentials, whilst always considering the impact of light. The search for purity of form means that it can take years to finalize a design. There will be no visible screw heads or fixings. The point where two surfaces meet is always carefully managed.

Here, for example, is what happens when the wire suspension cable meets the body of Sculpture (shown above):

Millelumen pendant light fixing detail

The fixing of the cable to the structure happens within the structure itself, a wider (beautifully edged) hole surrounding it.

This Sculpture collection of linear pendants stopped us in our tracks when we first saw them. It may have been the quality of the finish -- high gloss or rich matt, with carbon fibre options....

Millelumen Sculpture linear pendant light finishes

...as would be seen on a very expensive motor car.

In fact, the lines of this gorgeous design...

Millelumen Sculpture linear pendant light  in front of concrete

...recall fine mid-century sports cars...

Talbot Lago T130C Figoni et Falaschi 1938

...an airship or a dolphin. In other words, it is very streamlined, in spite of the fact that this is not a necessary attribute for a pendant light....

Millelumen Sculpture linear pendant lights kombi

They have a second collection of linear pendant lights, called Individual. You can see from this picture that the trim -- in this case, white glass -- is in the form of panels either side of the light:

Millelumen Individual linear pendant light white glass

These can easily be swapped for panels made from other materials. For example,  wood...

Millelumen Individual linear pendant light wood

...leather...

Millelumen Individual linear pendant light leather

...or mirror glass. This version will fit in anywhere -- whatever the style, period or décor -- because it will reflect what is around it (making it difficult to photograph!):

Millelumen Individual linear pendant mirror glass

Millelumen's core collection is the Classic, made up of square section hand-brushed aluminium.

"From the very beginning, it has been our aim to create unique pieces of art, that stage-manage, decorate and redefine rooms and spaces".

The Classic collection (developed with Uwe K. Ruppert) includes all formats -- not just linear pendants. So there are table lights...

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...another table light and a wall-ceiling light...

Millelumen Classic table and wall/ceiling light

...even a light to go round a corner:

Millelumen Classic wall light corner

In fact, so flexible is the Classic concept that they have a separate Architecture catalogue to show the bespoke arrangements that they can put together. Here for example, running up a staircase:

Millelumen Classic linear wall light going up stairs

 Millelumen is as concerned about the quality of light cast as they are about the luminaires. They use very high quality LEDs and those aluminium bodies are very efficient heat sinks. Besides LEDs in various whites, they also use ten or fourteen LEDs in a row that have a specific mix of red/green/blue. This means that a vast range of colours can be created, that can be saturated or soft pastels, allowing the light cast to be adjusted to its specific use. An infra-red remote control is an option. 

Other lights can be fitted with sensors that enable the light to be changed merely by waving one's hand underneath them. What this means is demonstrated by videos in their excellent YouTube collection, that you can access here. It is so easy and intuitive -- and cool!

But, as we said at the beginning, the tone of the business is set from the top, so do watch this short interview with Dieter K. Weis:

He quotes Saint-Exupéry, "Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."  (Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n'y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n'y a plus rien à retrancher) And Mies van der Rohe (though Browning got there first, in Andrea del Sarto): "Less is more."

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