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Makers of custom lights can also make other things for you too!

  Fabbian Wing installation for Hong Kong airport

Have you ever stopped to think how many materials lights are made out of? Or about the skills of those manufacturers who can design and make unique objects, then light them, meeting technical regulations? Or how big some fittings are, that can only exist thanks to advanced mechanical and engineering abilities?

Now you have, I hope!

So now you can reflect on other things that they could make for you. This picture is of the reception area at 45 Park Lane.

Dernier & Hamlyn 45 Park Lane custom installation

You can see on the left a major art déco feature. Once it had been designed, nobody knew who could make it, until they thought of the great lighting experts, Dernier & Hamlyn.

We have been reminded of this by the latest press release from Fabbian. It features The Wing, designed by Foster + Partners for Hong Kong airport:

Fabbian Wing installation for Hong Kong airport 3

It is six metres long, 3.2 metres high, and weighs over eight tons. It is made up of twenty ultra-clear glass blades, all shaped differently. They are decorated with engravings that are illuminated by LEDs hidden in the base.

Practical issues that had to be overcome included dealing with this very concentrated weight, given that the airport floor had limited strength. So a special base had to be designed that also houses the light sources -- that also had to be easy to transport and service, whilst being beautiful to look at!

Fabbian Wing installation for Hong Kong airport 2

Now, The Wing is lit, but so would almost any major installation be. The point is that the technical skills to make it possible are exceptional, and the next time they are applied, it will be to something completely different -- maybe to something that you've had in mind for a long time; you now have the client and the budget, but you don't know who can turn your idea into three dimensional reality....

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Misc.

EOQ's Bramah: the best new pendant at designjunction 2012?

EOQ Bramah pendant light 3 finishes EOQ is a new company based in Hong Kong that had the brilliant idea of using post-recession spare capacity in advanced Chinese factories to create FF&E products, in case of this light, one that is dedicated to the production of mechanisms for distributing heat on car parts and electronics.

The result is an object of extraordinary precision and cleanness. There will initially be two sizes. Each one has over a hundred aluminium extruded aluminium fins. The design is called Bramah, after Joseph Bramah who, in 1797, patented the first extrusion process (for making lead pipe).

The initial set of finishes includes this stunning, warm, glowing copper:

EOQ Bramah copper finish pendant light

However, the success of Bramah depends as much upon the design for it created by Michael Young. Deceptively simple, it is the exact dimensions, joining of planes and the angles that make it so satisfying.

MICHAEL-YOUNG-PORTRAIT-2011

Michael Young's input is central to the whole EOQ project. He founded his studio in London in 1994 and incorporated it in Hong Kong in 2006. "[It] is considered to be the most formidable presently in Asia", and works across a number of fields, including furniture, product and interior design, plus -- hooray! -- watches!

The Bramah is a very good illustration of his desire to harness the skills of Asian industry and manufacturing to make objects of "...sheer poetry. It is design as industrial art that interest me, not in a limited edition, but in mass-production."

Let's enjoy the sheer poetry of Bramah again:

 

EOQ Bramah aluminium pendant light EOQ are showing it at designjunction, so rush along to the most exciting event (for design fans) in London to see it. You won't be disappointed!

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