lightjunction, our new fine lighting event, will be collocated with designjunction at the Sorting office on New Oxford Street during London Design Week, 18-22 September 2013
It is essential that you visit Kalmar's stand at lightjunction, for two reasons.
The first is that they are the people you go to if you are designing/commissioning the largest, most technically demanding feature pieces for important locations.
In an idle moment last year, I analyzed their reference list.
They had worked on projects all over the world. For example, at that point, 110 in the Middle East, 115 in UK, 76 in Japan, 75 in China, 19 in Russia and 11 in Africa. This means that they not only know all the -- often unexpected -- local issues, they also tend to know the individuals who can get things done....
They had completed projects of every major type, including (then) 242 hotels, 50 palaces, residences and embassies, 45 banks, 40 cruise liners, 12 airports and 7 casinos. So, again, whatever your project, they will have worked on similar ones before.
For example, they supplied 700 chandeliers for the restoration of the Kremlin, and truly huge pieces for 13 halls of the Great Hall of the People in Peking. The picture at the top of this post is of the famous dancing Oyster Lights that Kalmar created for the Qatar National Convention Centre. For exhibitions, they are folded up, 16m high under the ceiling. For banquets, when a more intimate mood is required, they can drop to 2.7m whilst simultaneously opening to a diameter of 5m. Each one contains 13,700 Swarovski crystals and 856 RGB LEDs, which means that they can be programmed to change colour. Find out more, and see the video of the Oyster Lights dancing, here.
The point is: who else would you trust to pull off something so difficult and so important, within budget and on time?
Therefore, do take advantage of Kalmar being in London, at lightjunction, to see amazing pictures of projects that they have done in their new Kalmar Classic Project Book, and also to discuss any specific projects you may have.
The second reason why you should visit Kalmar's stand at lightjunction is that they are creating a new collection, called Kalmar Werkstätten, consisting of beautifully made, classic designs from their 130-year archive.
The most recent addition is Fliegenbein...
...so called because its structure looks a bit like the legs on a fly (well, it does to an Austrian). This structure is very simple: two dark, matt-finished bent metal tubes merge into one that is topped by a natural silk, pleated shade. The wheat-coloured flex emerges discreetly and unobtrusively from the end of one of the legs. The whole composition looks very light, but it is in fact very strong,
It is a good example of the main characteristics of this collection: simple, logical designs that don't throw their weight around (making them suitable for many different environments), the perceived quality of which gets better and better the closer you look at the details (which is why you must visit their stand!).
You'll also see floor and table versions of Hase (the "handle" is a neatly wound leather lace)...
...and floor and table versions of Kilo:
This simple design cleverly has a base that is very small in diameter. It is correspondingly heavy (hence the name of the light -- it is like a kilogramme weight). These lights are therefore ideal for where there may not be much floor or table space, and/or where the light has to be carried about a bit.
As simple, and as beautifully detailed, is the Posthorn pendant light:
Do take the opportunity to visit Kalmar's stand and see these (and the other lights they are bringing) close up, to experience for yourself the materials and the workmanship.