Our fine lighting event, lightjunction, taking place as part of designjunction during the London Design Festival (17-21 September), has a very specific purpose. It is to increase specifiers’ awareness and understanding of high quality, relevant suppliers of decorative lighting. I'm highlighting some exhibitors in these posts, to give an idea of how the brands were chosen.CINI&NILS
Why learn about Cini&Nils?
Because brands can change. You think you know what they do, but they can develop in new directions. That is the case with Cini&Nils. Theirs seemed to be the purist of decorative lighting collections. Every model fulfilled a specific lighting requirement, or overcame a particular lighting problem. They were designed to meet that need in the best possible way.
The result was very efficient lighting, that also looked good because Form Followed Function. The approach inevitably led to innovation. For example, theirs was the first mains-powered track system, the Tenso. Still available, still as elegant and versatile as ever, and still with the wide range of light bodies that can be used with it, 2014 saw the addition of the Tensoled:
The Tenso system allows lights to be put where otherwise they could not go: under a vault or a ceiling with frescos, or across a void:
Visit their stand at lightjunction to see the full range of possibilities presented by the Tenso system, and by its small brother, the miniTenso.
But now Cini&Nils are adding to their portfolio purely decorative designs (i.e. they are not created to meet a specific lighting requirement), though they still display an intellectual rigour.
One of the most spectacular is their FormaLa:
What you are seeing is a flexible strip that has LEDs on one side. You can curve it as you like:
Light fittings? Or Art…?
The concept is simple: its realization was not. Obviously, as the strip is bent, one side is stretched and the other side is compressed. Since it can be bent either way, both sides must be able to expand and contract. So a lot of research and development had to go into finding materials that could handle the stresses. Such installations can cover a lot of wall, spectacularly yet economically, creating a major impact, so you’ll want to discuss with them how you can use it.
Assolo explores what can be done with a circle, if one thinks beyond the standard horizontal ring pendant. What if one hung the rings vertically…
…or attached them to a wall, projecting outwards?
They found that they had a minimal, clean fitting — which created fantastic, large patterns. Such a simple way to articulate a plain wall or a ceiling:
There is even an outdoor version!
Having exploited (biggish) circles, Cini&Nils then decided to explore what could be done with (smallish) cubes. The result was the clever Cubismo:
There are two versions…
…that can be combined together to make larger installations.
The lower part is away from the wall and has the lamp behind it. The upper part, being flush to the wall, acts as the reflector. This, combined with the three angled sides of each of the cubes, results in striking chiaroscuro effects:
You can have any RAL colour for a quantity of fifteen or more.
But Cini&Nils’ Cubismo is better seen than described – another reason to visit their stand at lightjunction!