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Leading architect creates an important new design for Bover

Dome pendant light by Tagliabue for Bover

This is Dome, a new introduction from Bover in Barcelona. It was designed for them by Benedetta Tagliabue. Though Italian, she founded the studio EMBT in Barcelona with Enric Miralles, whom she later married.

Benedetta Tagliabue

© Paolo Fassini

EMBT’s portfolio ranges from office towers to public spaces via industrial design. They designed the Scottish Parliament building, during the construction of which Miralles died, so Benedetta Tagliabue completed it in sole control.

Highly regarded by the profession, she won the RIBA Sterling prize in 2005, is a member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize jury, and received the 2013 RIBA Jenks Award for her major contribution to both the theory and practice of architecture internationally. She is a visiting professor at Harvard and Columbia Universities, and at Barcelona ETSAB.

So what does such an eminent architect, used to working on a large scale, do when she designs a light fitting?

Dome comes in two sizes. The one in the image above is Ø90cm, and there is another one, double the size, at Ø180cm:

Dome 180 chandelier by Benedetta Tagliabue for Bover

The wooden structure is lit from above, from a housing that can be black (as above) or white.

This leaves the dome free to interact with the light around it, whatever its source. Instead of being a luminaire with a light inside it, Dome becomes an illuminated sculpture. Its deep ribs, and the gaps between them (that are sometimes empty, sometimes filled with a delicate translucent material), allow for the play of light and shadow as time passes, and as we move around it. The structure is unashamedly architectural, with its load-bearing ribs that not only create a cupola, but also continue on up to form a smaller inverted dome above. Part of the pleasure comes from appreciating its mathematical, geometric characteristics and the patterns that they create.

Dome suspension light by Benedetta Tagliabue for Bover

The final result was reached after making many models, and comprises 170 big and small wooden sections that are intertwined and sewn together by hand at Bover’s factory outside Barcelona.

It has a fantastic presence…

Dome pendant light Bover
Dome wooden chandelier Bover

…and clearly draws on Benedetta Tagliabue’s architectural thinking. For example, the Scottish Parliament building:

Scottish parliament interior

And the COPAGRI pavilion for the Milan Expo:

EMBT Copagri dome for expo milano by bendetta Tagliabue

Finally, do watch this joyous video of two amazing people at the top of their game, Benedetta Tagliabue and Joana Bover, chatting – and demonstrating the “feminine empathy” that lies behind the creation of Dome!

https://vimeo.com/142235655

Bover wooden chandelier Dome
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...and the most useful lighting catalogue is...Bover's!

Bover FORA table light for indoor or outdoor use

Once you have discovered the Catalan lighting company, Bover, you will often find (as we do) that theirs is the catalogue that you turn to first. The collection comprises the types of decorative lighting that you need most frequently. The design, quality of production and pricing, as well as the company’s administration, are all very good. Bover is the only major quality lighting company created by a woman (Joana Bover).

To get a sense of the collections, and of Joana, I urge you to watch two little YouTube videos based on their 2015 Euroluce stand, here and here. In just over five minutes, you’ll get a better idea of the lights than still images could ever provide, and also of the joyous, positive personality of Joana herself!

Their designs tend to be really interesting, whilst not being so extreme as to frighten the horses your clients. Take Nón Lá (a new introduction for 2015):

Bover Nón Lá pendant-light

It is a simple, functional pendant. But it also has that kink, introducing an element of instability and, (seen particularly in the table version) of personality:

Bover Nón Lá table light

(You can see all four finishes, one of which is copper.)

By the way, one of the practical benefits of the Bover catalogue is that designs come in several typologies – table, floor, wall, pendant, &c. Thus,  the gorgeous glass Inari comes as a pendant, a table light and as a floor light:

Bover INARI table light
Bover Inari detail

One of their strengths is an outdoor collection that can also be used indoors, potentially connecting indoor and outdoor spaces. Fora (shown in the image at the top of this post) is part of a little family which has the lamp and electrics protected by a glass ball, and the rest of the luminaire in a basket weave, which softens the designs and, in Amphora for example, looks like the Moon in a basket:

Bover Amphora indoor or outdoor floor light

The current catalogue is split into two. The second part is made up of designs that are particularly suited to contract (hotels &c.) and customization.

There are many and varied designs using ribbon, such as Siam:

Bover siam ceiling light, Ø200cm
Bover Siam 6  light arrangement

And extremely well-priced, go-anywhere luminaires like Danona, with her leather detailing:

Bover Danona table lights

But Bover can let their hair down, too! Cornelia comes in two sizes, in black or white:

Bover Cornelia mulitlight  suspension

and with wonderful detailing:

Bover Cornelia multilight pendant detail
Bover cornelia multilight pendant detail

But the most spectacular piece, still under development, will be Dome,

Bover Dome large pendant light

their collaboration with Benedetta Tagliabue:

Benedetta Tagliabue with her design Dome for Bover

So you see, Danona to Dome, via Amphora and Siam – a wonderful, varied collection linked by Joana’s understanding of light and form, and her wonderful personality.

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Seven fine outdoor standard lamps

Luceplan grande costanza open air floor light outdoor exterior Over the past few years, there has been a growing trend towards outdoor versions of indoor lights. This allows for the creation of outdoor rooms. You can also take a light and repeat it, first indoors and then outdoors. If you have a large plate glass window, the parade of lights can be seamless, powerfully connecting the exterior space with the interior space.

Here is an exterior version of Luceplan's iconic Costanza -- the Grande Costanza Open Air:

Luceplan Grance-air-01-21322-1The shade can be off-white, "rust" or light green. The structure can be white, aluminium or -- as in the top picture -- rust (a good finish for an outdoor light).

In most territories, there are no specific IP ratings required for outdoor lights. Instead, the manufacturer must make every aspect of the luminaire suitable for exterior use. This is not just a question of electrical safety: they also have to think about the effect of rain, sun, sand, salt and wind on the structure and materials.

This is what is going on inside the Grande Costanza shade...

Luceplan grande costanza open air detail

...the lamp and its holder are inside a sealed glass tube.

FontanaArte's Amax seems the odd one out in this company because it is so big. There are two versions: H205cm Ø82cm, or a humungous H240 Ø109cm (but then the indoor Amax is very big as well). Its size gives it a visual impact from a distance that smaller lights could never have.

FontanaArte amax terra outdoor floor light exterior standard lamp

To really get the effect of a standard lamp, it's fun to have a shade made from something that looks like a fabric that you might use in a drawing room.

Plis, one of Vibia's two outdoor standard lamps...

Vibia Plis 4035 outdoor standard lamp exterior floor light

...has a warm-toned polyethylene shade that is ribbed, as if it was made with ribbon.

Vibia Plis outdoor standard lamp detail

Whereas their Wind has an open weave shade that is in fact made from glass fibre filaments (in green, orange, white or black).

Vibia Wind 4055 outdoor standard lamp exterior floor light

The shade of Marset's lovely TXL is also made from fibre glass and plastic, to give a warm, fabric-like effect:

Marset TXL pitdopor standard lamp exterior floor lightLike several of these outdoor standard lamps, TXL is part of a family of outdoor versions of indoor lights. Here is the pendant (in the snow):

Marset TXL outdoor standard lamp exterior floor light

Bover's fine wicker (actually a polyethylene fibre) Fora...

Bover fora pie outdoor standard lamp exterior floor light

has a matching table light:

Bover fora mesa outdoor table light

However, all the lights so far have to be plugged in, but you are not going to have power sockets all around your garden, park or beach, as you do in the rooms of your house. Ideally, therefore, you would be able to pick up your standard lamp and plonk it down anywhere.

Those really nice people at Viteo thought this too and so came up with Zoe...

viteo zoe outdoor standard lamp exterior floor light cordless...which has solar panels on the top. About fifteen hours charging give five to six hours of light from the 7W 3000K LED light source. But what if you don't want a cordless version? That's OK: Viteo have introduced Zoe Basic, which you plug in -- just like all the others!

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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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Spock-A LED wall light by Christophe Mathieu for Bover

Spock-A LED wall light by Christophe Mathieu for Bover Christophe Mathieu has designed Spock-A, a wall version of his Spock table light, for Bover. Its obvious use is as pictured -- as a bedside light. Typically, LED lights for this application are on a bendy arm and have a bullet-shaped head. Two problems are created (both of which this design overcomes). First, the bendy arms stop holding their position after a while and, secondly, the beam angle from the bullet head tends to be too narrow (and often not bright enough).

Spock-A LED wall light by Christophe Mathieu for BoverYou can see from the image above that the LEDs in Spock-A are laid out in a row, which will create a large puddle of light. And the structure is strong -- it may have less of a range of movement than a bendy arm, but it will stay where it is put!

There is a proper, satisfying switch on the base. Note that there are almost no LED beside reading lights that have a switch on the head, so always plan for the person abed to be able to reach the switch on the backplate, or install a separate switch.

Here are Spock-A's vital statistics (no measurements for Spock's ears though....)

Spock-A by Bover: dimensions

It comes in nickel or chrome of chrome+white or chrome+graphite.

The table version of Spock (Spock-T) was introduced in 2007:

Spock-T LED table light by BoverThis version also makes a good bedside reading light:

Spock-T by Bover as a bedside light

Then there is a very neat lettura -- a floor-standing reading light (Spock-P):

Spock-P floor standing LED reading light from Bover

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