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lightjunction: trend #3 -- modules that you can build up into compositions

vibia origami composition outdoors

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

A completely new type of light is creating exciting possibilities!

Each design is a module that, when connected to others, forms a spectacular installation that can cover wide areas.

You decide where they go, so the result is site-specific.

The leading source is Vibia, who are offering modules for use on walls and ceilings, indoors and out.

This is such an important development in decorative lighting that we have asked Vibia to give a half-hour training sessions on it at lightjunction.

To understand what is happening, let's look at their Origami -- the light featured in the image above.

There are just two shapes...

Vibia Origami wall light shapes

...out of which you can make compositions on a wall and/or ceiling. They connect together electrically, so you only need one power supply. Origami can be used inside or out-of-doors.

That's it really, because the rest is up to you!

Here are some arrangements that others have done:

Vibia origami wall light composition

vibia origami wall light composition exterior

vibia origami wall light composition

And here is a a video that briefly shows how it is done:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Tbvj2MyqtI

The video introduces you to Vibia's Create Your Project (CREA), a free, easy-to-use software tool that becomes more exciting the more you get to know it. We'll cover it more fully in another post but, for now, understand that Vibia were responding to the fact that, whilst the possibilities of these compositions are huge, we are all likely to need a bit of help composing them!

We want to play about with different configurations, then, when we are happy with our design, our clients need to see what we have done, so that they can approve it.

Therefore, CREA produces a 3D simulation, which can show much more than just the Vibia composition. This is why it becomes such a useful tool. You can produce professional-quality 3D visualizations of your proposals without having to involve anybody else!

It also produces a installation manual specific to your composition.

If CREA helps if you are using Origami, it is essential if you want to make up something magical using Vibia's  Match!  This module could not be used if it were not for CREA.

It starts simply enough:

vibia match pendant light composition

but pretty quickly it grows into this:

vibia match pendant light composition

The way CREA works for Match is that you tell it what area you want lit. It then works out where the light bodies need to be, and presents you with a variety of suitable arrangements from which you choose. It is certainly worth it for results like these:

vibia match pendant light installation

vibia match pendant light installation

Here's another helpful little video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4zpZtOLHPsY

Match is just one of Vibia's pendant-type modules. Others are Ameba, Halo Circular, Halo Lineal and Rhythm. For the ceiling, there are Link XXL and Link. For the wall, besides Origami, there is Fold Build-in, Fold Surface, Link and Puck Wall Art. You can find them all here.

Now, you're probably saying to yourself, that's all very well and good. Clearly Vibia are committed to this exciting new concept. But does that make it a trend?

Well, it wouldn't if only Vibia were doing it, but they are not.

We see the first example as being Foscarini's Fields of 2007:

Foscarini wall light Fields_White

Then, much more recently, Axo Light's Shatter:

axolight-lightecture-shatter ceiling lights

Flos Wall Piercing:

Flos Wall PiercingQuasar's Sparks:

Quasar Sparks system in a hall

and Luceplan's Synapse:

Luceplan Synapse installation

What do you say now, eh? Convinced?!

Training session at lightjunction 2013

As we said at the top of this post, this is such an important development in decorative lighting, and CREA is such a powerful, yet easy-to-use, tool, that we have asked Vibia to give a half-hour training session at lightjunction each day (except Sunday). So, whichever day you come, you'll be able to attend it.

lightjunction 18 22 September 2013

 

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Euroluce 2013: Hall 9

  Euroluce name in colours

This is the first 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 who is a hall nine. Other posts look at who is in other halls and also what is happening where fuori salone. 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 – HALL 9

AVMazzega G18 www.avmazzega.com

AVMazzega is a very good source of Venetian glass. Their lead times are good, their prices are good and their collections are interesting. They are also capable of carrying out the basic commercial procedures that are necessary if products are to be supplied for commercial projects. For example, they are on Architonic, so they are also in our LIGHT FINDER, meaning that their lights will be show up when you are searching for something. At the Fair, they will be showing the results of their latest tussles to get LEDs and Venetian glass to work together.

Almerich M08 www.almerich.com

Almerich have two collections, Classic Lighting and Furniture and Contemporary Lighting. Most of our readers will be more interested in the latter, that contains unusual, interesting and useful designs.

Axo Light B01 B03 www.axolight.it

Axo Light will have a big stand – 260 sq m. This is good because there should be plenty to see – maybe items from their outsize Lightecture collection, plus recent versions of the hugely successful Spillray, and Karim Rashid’s Nafir – recent winner of the Chicago Athenaeum’s Good Design award. It comprises a series of pendants, reminiscent of the bells of brass instruments, that flow into one another.

Stop press: amongst the new items in their Lightecture collection will be two modular designs (i.e. components that you can assemble into a large pattern of your own devising): Shatter (ceiling lights shaped like large fragments) and Framework (hollow square pendants that throw light upwards).

Banci Firenze F08 www.banci.it

Another company with a Classic and a Contemporary collection, that exploits the famous Florentine metal-working skills. Both contain some good designs – the Classic tend to be more floral and the Contemporary collection includes some pieces which are very light and airy – as if a lampshade has been drawn in space – and others which, whilst still highly decorative, have strong, quite simple structures.

Barovier & Toso E19 www.barovier.com

Where Barovier& Toso go first, others follow, so theirs is an essential stand to visit. The oldest company on Murano, yet still at the top of their game – new typologies, new colours, beautifully produced, but not new for new’s sake – they tend also to be very well suited for practical use in a wide variety of projects.

Bover A01 A05 www.bover.es

Actually, another essential stand, because Bover continue to produce excellent designs that are particularly well suited to contract (but by no means exclusively for contract). They are delight to work with, efficient, and their prices are good. See their growing collection of outdoor decorative lighting.

Brand Van Egmond B06 www.brandvanegmond.com

A chance to see their latest “lighting sculptures” – a good name for their very decorative, flamboyant designs. From previous years, we know that they can surprise us, though: you think you know the sort of thing they do, but then they bowl a googly.

Cristalleries de Saint-Louis D07 www.saint-louis.com

One of the most venerable of France’s luxury brands, that, besides continuing with its “standard” collection, is bringing out some striking new designs. We hope that they will be showing the Vibration series by Èric Gizard.

 Fabbian G01 H02 www.fabbian.com

Fabbian’s range is very broad, from technical lights, to decorative lights made from interesting materials (e.g. corrugated cardboard. Or cut crystal). Theirs is therefore one of those collections that one should keep up to date with, because you think you know what they do, but they always do more – the unexpected. You can preview their new collections, that include new items by Matali Crasset and Mathieu Lehanneur amongst others,  by downloading a catalogue from their web site.

Kundalini C16 www.kundalini.it

A flamboyant collection made from various plastics, that also includes some simpler designs. Dew, designed for them by Emmanuel Babled, has been out for a while now, but we hope, nevertheless, that it is on show, because it is one of the best of the pendants that are made from a crystal ball and that contain a light source.

Penta B15 www.pentalight.it

Penta will be adding to their fine catalogue new collections by Umberto Asnago, Carlo Colombo and Daniel Debiasi with Federico Sandri. They are also celebrating their thirtieth birthday!

Quasar B10 www.quasar.nl

Another essential stand, partly for the variety of what the do and partly because their collection includes some really unusual items that you really do need to see. Pictures do not do them justice. We will be sending out new Quasar catalogues after the Fair. Remember also that, since they make everything themselves, they are up for making special, site-specific versions for you.

Stop press: Quasar will be showing new designs by Jos Muller, Thalen & Thalen and Jan Pauwels, plus the new Sparks modular system by Daniel Becker about which we posted last month -- see here. Also, they will have LEDs with a CRI of 95+!

Santa & Cole B05 www.santacole.com

There must be something special in the air in Barcelona that so many good lighting companies are based there! Santa & Cole is no exception, with some classic designs (Tripode, Estadio), some unusual designs – and more lights with lampshades than is usual in many of the collections we work with.

Siru H22 www.siru.com

This company, based on the Lido, has a very interesting specialization. They do the Venetian lanterns that are made by blowing glass into a wire cage. Besides many interior uses, they also provide a way of having Venetian glass lights out-of doors. Since you usually can’t see the lamp, they also provide lanterns which will still look good after the politicians have banned incandescent lamps!

Sylcom E05 F02 www.sylcomsrl.com

Sylcom is one of thebiggest Venetian glass companies (NB that does not make them very big...!), with a collection that includes both traditional and contemporary designs. They will be producing a new catalogue in time for the fair that includes some intriguing – and potentially useful – new contemporary items.

Terzani B02 B04 www.terzani.com

Terzani’s is another collection that needs to be seen because, besides their conventional pieces in conventional sizes, the birth of Atlantis has been followed by a succession of larger pieces that can have a big impact. You need to see them for yourself and take the opportunity to discuss them with the experts on the stand.

Vibia C07 D10 www.vibia.com

Vibia (also from Barcelona) has a large collection of interesting lights, made out of a wide range of materials. They are not afraid to take risky paths and follow them to where they logically end.

One result is that they have the widest selection of pieces which are, in effect, modules that can be used in quantities to create large installations across walls, across ceilings and as “pendants”. This means that you can create something amazing that is also site-specific. But the complexity of what is possible would be daunting.

So they have created CREA, their own CAD software for you to use. Not only does it allow you to design your own installation, but it does many things besides, including producing sophisticated 3D images for you to show to your client. They are therefore making available to you –  for free! – a very powerful tool indeed (you can use it for all sorts of other things). Do ask them about it – it could save you a lot of time! And it’s really easy to use!! And, did I say that it is free!!!.

Voltolina G03 www.voltolina.com

A very interesting company with wide capabilities, that include crystal chandeliers (using their own crystal) and Venetian glass lighting. They can therefore meet a wide variety of price points. Their most exciting development has been the setting up a new furnace on Murano, and getting one of the leading, most respected maestri (gaffers), Paolo Crepax, to head it up. So look out for items branded “Murano Lab”.

 

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Karim Rashid creates a new kind of pendant for Axo Light

Nafir pendant light by Karim rashid for Axo Light Surprised that it is still possible to create a new kind of pendant light? We were.

It starts with the light body itself, which is inspired by sound -- both the bell of a trumpet and a loudspeaker:

Nifir pendant light by Karim Rashid for Axo Light. the light body

You can buy it is as nice pendant with a matching ceiling rose (the Nafir 1):

Nafir single pendant light by Karim Rashid for Axo Light

Nothing new here. Aah, but it is what he does next:

Nafir 3 pendant light by Karim Rashid for Axo Light

He takes three and melts them into each other (the Nafir 3).

Nafir pendant light by Karim Rashid for Axo Light set

You can use Nafir 1s with Nafir 3s in a single composition:

Nafir 1 and nafir 3 pendant light composition by Karim Rashid for Axo Light

Or you can take advantage of the fact that there are matching, but different, pendants and spread them out through a larger space:

Nafir 1 and Nafir 3 pendant lights by Karim Rashid for Axo Light set

They are made of injection-moulded ABS in the following colour combinations, outside/inside: chrome/white, white/gold, white/white .The light source is a GU10 LED.

Karim Rashid says, "Nafir is pure imagination. My original sketches started by thinking about light as a compliment to sound."

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