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Milan 2013: Fuori Salone

Euroluce name in colours This is the fifth of a series of posts to be published this week that will build up into our Handy Guide to Euroluce 2013. This one looks at what is happening in Milan itself at the same time. Other posts look at who is in halls nine, eleven, thirteen and fifteen -- the main |Euroluce event at the Rho fairground. The last post in the series will pull all the content together into one document, with updates and corrections. This will then form the basis for our customary PDFs -- alphabetical, and by hall -- for you to use at the Fair. 

That last post in the series will remain up throughout the week of the Fair so that you can download the PDFs , or read it on your mobile thingy, at any time.

EUROLUCE MILAN 2013 – FUORI SALONE

The Milan Furniture Fair “fringe” is becoming as important as the Fairs themselves. Even if manufacturers are showing at the Fair, many also have a separate presence in Milan, where they may display more experimental things (one year, Foscarini did a display of their lights all in white, for example) and where they hold their parties.

Basically, they will intend their presence outwith the Fair to be more cool, and sometimes their products will be displayed in more relevant spaces. Baccarat chandeliers will probably look better in the Palazzo Morando, than on their stand in a big trade fair hall, for example.

You can end up walking quite a long way (and the forecast is for rain throughout the week this year) and then find an empty shop with many examples of one design artfully displayed – i.e. a total waste of time. In other cases, the Milan presence is in their own permanent showrooms, often allowing one to see more of the collection than was on the stand. Then there are companies who only show in Milan, rather than at the fair ground, so you won’t see what they are doing unless you track them down.

There is no way this summary can be complete – it relies on what we have been told. Always pick up the guide published by Interni magazine (there are others), of which there will be free copies at every destination, and at hotels, &c. There will also be banners outside participating locations.

I have grouped these entries by the main locations. There is a miscellaneous section at the end.

BRERA DISTRICT

Atelier Areti EDIT, La Pelota, Via Palermo 10 www.atelierareti.com

Innermost EDIT www.innermost.net

Kalmar EDIT www.kalmarlighting.com

EDIT's web site: thedesignjunction.co.uk/milan

 

Lee Broom Spazio Pontaccio, Via Pontaccio 18 www.leebroom.com

Nendo Spazio Pontaccio     www.nendo.jp/en

Roll & Hill Spazio Pontaccio     www.rollandhill.com

Spazio Pontaccio's web site:   www.spaziopontaccio.it

Foscarini Via Pontaccio 19 www.foscarini.com

Memphis Spazio Understate, Viale Francesco Crispi 5/b, corner of Via Varese store.memphis-milano.com

In spite of my pointing out for years that the products of the great period of Memphis – of Ettore Sottsass, Michele De Lucchi, Matteo Thun &c. – are still available, no client has ever expressed any interest whatsoever. Maybe that’s good thing – maybe their work still shocks and appals. Time, and exposure in books, museums, &c. has not made them desirable – even acceptable – to the mainstream. To see if you are mainstream, go and see the finest pieces from this collection. Cocktails at 19:00 on Friday.

Produzione Privata Via Varese 15 www.produzioneprivata.it

Exceptional pieces (by no means just lighting) from the exceptional architect/designer/artist, Michele De Lucchi. Creating his “private production” out of his studio enables him to work with fine craftspeople and materials. He only ever show on the ground floor of the studio, so this is an essential destination.

Corso Como 10 Corso Como 10 www.10corsocomo.com

One hardly needs an excuse to visit this concept store, but there is a compelling one anyway this year – an Angelo Mangiarotti retrospective. (He designed the iconic – and much copied – Giogali system for Vistosi, made up a glass hooks.)

SAN BABILA Metro M1

This metro station is selected as the hub out from which runs the luxury shopping streets of Via Monte Napoleone, Via Della Spiga, &c. plus the lighting shopping street of Corso Monforte.

Aqua Creations Boutique Mimí, Via Gesù 3 www.aquagallery.com

Artemide showroom, Corso Monforte 19 www.artemide.it

Baccarat Palazzo Morando, Via Sant’Andrea 6 int.baccarat.com/Lighting/lighting,en,sc.html

Barovier & Toso showroom, Via Durini 5, also: Russki Dom, Palazzo Visconti, Via Cino del Duca 8       www.barovier.com

EOQ Entratalibera, Corso Independenza 16 (go to the end of Corso Monforte. Corso Independenza splits: Entratalibera is on the south side) www.eoq-design.com

A young company producing excellent designs by Michael Young, using very high quality production facilities that normally make delicate aluminium pieces – e.g. fascias for technical equipment. Simple, elegant, clean – and colourful (Oh no. I shouldn’t have said colourful.... You’ll not go now.)

Flos showroom, Corso Monforte 9 www.flos.com

Ingo Maurer Spazio Krizia, Via Manin 21 (a bit of a walk, round the park, but essential – you’ll be surprised, delighted...)  www.ingo-maurer.com

Lindsey Adelman Nilufar, Via della Spiga 32 www.lindseyadelman.comThe web site of Nilufar, an important destination in its own right, is www.nilufar.com

Luceplan showroom, Corso Monforte 7 www.luceplan.com

Venini showroom, Via Monte Napoleone 9 www.venini.com

ZONA TORTONA to avoid that terrible bridge, go to Metro Sant’Agostino (M2), cross the big road, and walk down the south side of the little park.

David Trubridge Superstudiopiu’   www.davidtrubridge.com

We have been thrilled to see the increasing levels of awareness and appreciation of David’s work. There is a higher proportion of pieces available in kit form, which dramatically reduces the shipping costs (bearing in mind that he is based in New Zealand). They are as environmentally sound as they look. There is also a playfulness, and an elegance, the sense of the sea.... Plus the virtues of wood – no wonder he is so popular in Scandinavia. By the way, his works are now in our LIGHT FINDER.

Superstudiopiu' web site: http://www.superstudiogroup.com

Lasvit Via Gaspare Bugatti 15 www.lasvit.com

Moooi Via Savona 56 www.moooi.com

1700 sq m housing their “special welcome”...

Contemporary Japanese Design Via Volhera 4 www.c-japandesign.net

VENTURA LAMBRATE go to Metro Lambrate (M2), then cross the railway tracks.

Catellani & Smith Casa della Luce, Via Ventura 5 www.catellanismith.com

 

Woka Vienna Design Week, Via Privata Oslavia 17 www.woka.at

Lobmeyr Vienna Design Week www.lobmeyr.at

Vienna Design Week in Milan web page: www.viennadesignweek.at/news.php?id=628

 

ELSEWHERE

Davide Groppi Chiostri dell’Umanitaria, Via S. Barnaba -- Metro Crocetta (M3) or trams 12, 23 or 27 to Vittoria (Palazzo Giustizia) www.davidegroppi.com

This will be a fabulous display of wonderful, minimal lights in a series of cloisters - -magical at dusk!  Have a look at t the “ichiostri” web site (www.ichiostri.net) to see what I mean – not just a café but cloisters with gardens: “a location full of atmosphere of mystery”. Not just a lighting collection, but also a corner of Milan worth discovering.

Davide Groppi Via Medici 13 -- Metro Crocetta (M3) or trams 2, 3 or 14 to Torino Carrobbio

...and here they will be displaying lighting that is particularly suited to restaurants.

Prandina Triennale -- Metro Cadorna (M1, M2)  prandina.it

One of the best Italian lighting companies, at one of the most important design destinations in the world. The Triennale (recently remodelled internally by Michele De Lucchi) always has lots of interesting things happening during this design week – plus the bookshop and a great café with a large outside area by the park.

The Triennale's web site: www.triennale.it

 

Tom Dixon MOST, Museo natzionale della Scienza e dalle Tecnologia, via Olona 6B -- Metro Sant’Ambrogio (M2) www.tomdixon.net

Sander Mulder MOST www.sandermulder.com

Brokis MOST www.brokis.cz

Brokis is a particularly interesting new brand from the Czech Republic: very high quality glass working and very good, clever, witty designs. New introductions of theirs will also be shown at the Fair on the stand of Misuraemme (hall 7, stands G09 and H16).

Spazio Rossana Orlandi Via Matteo Bandello 14/16 -- Metro Sant’Ambrogio (M2) or Conciliazione (M1) www.rossanaorlandi.com

Another essentuial venue where this year, amongst other things, Baroncelli will be showing Innovo, combining LEDs and bits of old chandeliers. www.baroncelli.com

Windfall Palazzo Durini, Via Santa Maria Valle 2 -- Metro Missori (M3) www.windfall-gmbh.de

The single most important destination. Windfall creates the finest works in contemporary crystal in the world. You want to go there with your head to see what is possible. You want to go there with your heart to experience the thrill of crystal and light (plus beautiful people).

 

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FT How To Spend It: big lights in the dining room

FT How to Spend It cover 09 12 Very few people write properly researched, in depth articles about decorative lighting. When they do, and when a link is available, we share the article with you via a post like this one. (Otherwise, the only voice you hear is mine....)

In the latest Financial Times How To Spend It magazine, Jenny Dalton (one of the best feature writers in our field) has highlighted one of the ways that wow factor lights can be best used: as big features over dining tables. She's used examples from some of our favourite suppliers, some of which have also been featured in recent posts of ours: LZF, Atelier Areti, Willowlamp and Il Pezzo Mancante, the long version of whose chandelier (Il Pezzo Mancante 3) was also used on the cover -- as you can see above. Plus Ochre and the artist Sharon Marston  -- great choices! 

A decorative light on the front of an English consumer magazine! Imagine how delighted we were -- what a Sunday that was!

Anyway, to read the fully illustrated article, click here.

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New to the Light Finder: Atelier Areti

Atelier areti kirchschlag-close-up-grey-h Atelier Areti is a design studio based on strong principles.

"[It] is committed to the notion of sustainabillity through quality. The aim is to create products that last, both through the quality of the design and the material".

Their first introduction was the beautiful cut-glass Kirchschlag collection. Glass? Sustainable? With all the energy required by the furnaces? Well, yes, if the product is in use, and appreciated, for a long time, over which the cost of production can be amortized.

To ensure their prolonged use, the sisters Guillane and Gwendolyn Kerschbaumer, whose training is in art, architecture, product design and interior design, ensured three things.:

one, that the design was as beautiful as possible, and a classic shape that would never date:

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Atelier Areti Kirchschlag-pendant lights

They later added the power of the lens to create the Kalin collection:

Atelier Areti kaline-grey-shadow pendant light

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two: that the collection would perform as well as possible, by working with an expert in lighting.

three: that the collection would be as well-made as possible, by seeking out the finest European craftspeople -- the experts in their field -- to create it.

Here, for example, is the glass...

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...made and engraved in these workshops in Sweden...

Swedish glassblowing building Atelier Areti

...using these tools:

Swedish glass blowers's tools Atelier Areti

The collection is growing. see our previous post about the cute, yet efficient, Alouette and Cone lights. Since it was written, a brass inner  finish has been added for the Cone lights:

atelier areti cone applique white brass

Other lights in the collection play with simple geometric forms and arrangements, creating sculptural objects whilst being highly functional.

The Mimosa pendant, for example, offers a soft yet strong light from its nineteen frosted glass balls randomly placed on a rod:

Aterlier Areti mimosa chandelier

while the Hook Lamp...

Atelier Areti hook-light pendant light wall light

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...is an informal celebration of the light bulb that, thanks to the hook,  can hang in a location that is not determined by the power outlet.

Atlier Areti vertical floor light spot light.

There is agood interview with the sisters in the blog You have been here sometime.

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Cone Lamp by Atelier Areti

Atelier Areti Cone Lamp wall lightAtelier Areti are one of our favourite manufacturers. Their designs have a purity, a concentration on essentials, whilst allowing them to be playful, beautiful. There is a strongly-held moral philosophy underpinning all that they do. They express it thus: "Areti is committed to the notion of sustainability through quality. The aim is to create products that last, both through the quality of the design and the material."

They have just announced that full details and images of their current range are now on their web site.

Atelier Areti Cone sconceCone is a design of great simplicity. It has a rightness, married to good proportions and detailing. By using a crown-silvered lamp, there is no glare, even when the bottom of the lamp can be seen. Instead, a diffused light is reflected from the white lining of the diffuser.

Atelier Areti Alouette Having seen Cone, Alouette should be easier to understand, oh ye decoration haters! The diffuser is similar, the main difference being that it is smaller and takes a halogen lamp. But this time, the back of the diffuser has been shaped like a bird. The effect is charming, particularly when they are placed in a row on a bar.

The design comes in other typologies -- here, a task light.

Atlier Areti alouette table task light

They are based in London and France, with close ties to partner studios in Sweden and Germany.

Atelier Areti alouette on a bar

Cute -- and why not?

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