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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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Euroluce 2013: Hall 15, and some stands with lights in Salone Del Mobile halls

Euroluce name in colours

This is the fourth 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 fifteen, and in some of the Salone Del Mobile halls. Other posts look at who is in halls nine ,eleven and thirteen, 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 15 and OTHER HALLS

You will see that we are covering fewer exhibitors in this Handy Guide in Hall 15 than in the other Euroluce halls. This is because it houses mostly technical lighting (recessed downlighters).

Blackbody E31 www.blackbody-oled.com

The first person to use a new lighting technology is always Ingo Maurer, so he did the first OLED light (the Early Future table light). But the first company to base its entire business on OLEDs is Blackbody. Theirs is an essential stand to visit, therefore, if you want to see how OLEDs can be used in decorative lighting, what the light that they cast is like, and how much they cost.... We like Aldo Cibic’s Blossoms. And Rain.

Bocci C27 D20 www.bocci.ca

Omer will be introducing at the Fair his new 57 chandelier. It is made using a new hybrid glass blowing and fusing technique that is analogous to that used for producing open cell foam, apparently. From the video of their being made, they look interesting – and labour-intensive. It is hard to judge, though, how they will look in real life – which is why we all have to visit the stand!

Cini&Nils B22 www.cinienils.com

It is good that Cini&Nils are exhibiting at Euroluce: because they are based in Milan, they have not taken a stand in recent years. But their products do need to be seen, because this is an innovative company, creating lights for specific purposes, rather than following the herd. As a result, they have gone where no-one else has gone before, being the first company to do mains voltage track lighting (using cables), for example. They have now added a very useful outdoor version. The design of their lights follow their function. You’ll see that they are beautifully made, with wonderful detailing but, as you look at them, do consider their function. It is too easy to judge a luminaire solely by what it looks like (especially in a brightly lit hall) but that would be a huge mistake – on any decorative lighting stand.

Gubi C32 C36 www.gubi.com

Gubi continue to add classic 20th century designs to their already strong collection. From the secret preview, I can tell you that there is a task light that looks like evidence that two of their collections  – the BestLites and Greta Grossman’s – have mated. And there is the rerelease of a classic pendant that was last issued by Bald and Bang. More than that I should not say, but you will be glad that you visited the stand....

Il Fanale G36 www.ilfanale.com

And now for something completely different! Il Fanale is where you go to find the  traditional lights that you see in Italian trattorie and farm houses, elegantly made from iron, brass, copper, glass and ceramics. They even do the metal pipes and fittings that crawl over the walls of old buildings when the electric cables are not recessed.

Ingo Maurer A23 www.ingo-maurer.com

One of a kind, a leader both in design and in the use of new lighting technologies. However amazing his collection may look, all the items function properly as lights. These days, we don’t expect many new items to be added to the standard collection. Herr Maurer’s true heart is now to be found at the Spazio Krizia (Via Manin, 21) where there will be installations by him, but also works by young, innovative artists/designers that he has found.

Martinelli Luce B33 B37 www.martinelliluce.it

The Martinelli family have created a very good collection, that includes the Pipistrello of the late Gae Aulenti (a huge light, now joined by a Minipipistrello, more suited to humbler spaces). Whilst they also have products by other eminent designers (Marc Sadler’s surprisingly rustic Babele, for example), many of the designs are by Martinelli family members, including the classic Cobra from 1968 by Elio Martinelli. Recent introductions make the most of the design flexibility that LEDs make possible – the jolly Elica task light, for example, or the Colibrì floor light, by the charming Emiliana Martinelli, with its simple elegant shape and long reach.

Nemo B23 www.nemo.cassina.it

For a while, Nemo was controlled by Cassina. Prior to this period, it was as if Nemo were discontinuing all their most interesting designs. However, under Cassina, they started introducing classic designs from the mid 20th century by architects/designers like Le Corbusier, and fantastic new designs – Giancarlo Tintori’s Uma methacrylate chandelier, for example, or Arlhiro Mlyake’s In the Wind.

But now Nemo is being absorbed by the younger, smaller Omikron (see the next entry). On the one hand, this means that Nemo is controlled by lighting people, rather than furniture people. On the other hand, it would be a pity if the current trends of 20th century classics and fine contemporary, flamboyant designs are not continued. It is far too early to say what will happen.

Omikron B29 www.omikrondesign.com

Fortunately, although Omikron specializes in lighting that is much more minimal, more technical, less decorative than Nemo’s, they have also demonstrated a commitment to great designs from the past – Claritas, for example, the first light designed by Vico Magistretti (in 1946). So, as we've indicated above, we’ll wait and see what has happened by the next Euroluce, in two years’ time....

Schonbek/Swarovski Lighting E27 F24 architecture.swarovski.com,                       www.schonbek.com

A highlight of Milan over the last few years was the Swarovski Crystal Palace shows. But they have stopped now. In the meantime, Swarovski bought Schonbek (so they can make their own chandeliers) and they have rolled their standard lighting collection (crystal under down lighters, starry skies of backlit recessed crystals, &c.) into the same entity. But Schonbek is based in America. It is hard not to draw the conclusion that Swarovski has lost interest in having its own lighting collection. Maybe we’re wrong. Vedremo...

Zero C33 www.zero.se

Another excellent Scandinavian lighting company – how do they do it?! It may be a platitude (but that does not make it wrong) to note that long periods without sun not only make Scandinavians more aware of the importance of light, but also of interiors generally – what they are made of, colours, how they feel. For example, a new introduction that Zero will be showing, Loos by the Venetian Luca Nichetto, is made of felt – in fact, several layers of felt in different colours, with different patterns cut out of them. This means that you can pile two or three on top of each other and the different colours show through, an effect inspired partly by plaids. A comfortable light. Good for long, recession-hit winters.

OTHER HALLS

First, a word about the halls.

Euroluce, which takes place every odd-numbered year, is part of the far bigger Salone Del Mobile. The Salone takes over the entire exhibition area at the Rho fairground. Euroluce is in halls, 9, 11, 13 and 15.

The organizers put restrictions on the number of lights that can be shown on stands that are not in the Euroluce halls. Nevertheless, several companies with strong lighting collections are showing elsewhere. Note that there will probably be a lower proportion of lights on these stands, that may be dominated by furniture.

Gianni Seguso Hall 4 G21 www.seguso.it

Visit this stand and you will see some of the very finest Murano glass chandeliers – and that means some of the very finest craftsmanship of any kind in the entire world.  Such ateliers do not have catalogues &c. so we ask you to take the opportunity to see what they can do when you get the chance. If you are interested in a piece from them, come to Venice to discuss it. The commissioning should be as fascinating as the ownership will be fulfilling.

They have taken on a new maestro who specializes in goblets, so that probably explains this location. It is an essential stand to visit.

Brokis  Hall 7 G09 H16 www.brokis.cz

This is not the stand of Brokis. They are sharing the stand of Misurasemmehttp://www.misuraemme.it ). Brokisis a brand to watch: very high quality glass working from the Czech republic, plus very good, clever, witty designs. They will be showing new introductions on this stand.

Reflex Angelo Hall 7 H09 www.reflexangelo.com

Lighting is only a small part of their catalogue but their selection nevertheless includes Bulles, one of the very best glass bubbles with a point of light inside.

Boca do Lobo Hall 10 F14 www.bykoket.com/catalogue/lighting.php

Boca do Lobo is of course a source for the most wonderful, flamboyant, outrageous furniture, so you’ll want to visit their stand anyway. They are included in this Handy Guide to lighting stands because lights from Koket will be shown on their stand too, These you must see – also luxurious, not at all minimal! and with a strong American influence from their creative director, Janet Morais.

ClassiCon Hall 16 E30 www.classicon.com

Amongst the new introductions that will be shown by the illustrious house of ClassiCon will be pendant lights by Sebastian Herkner, that he calls the Bell Lights. The shades are separate from the structure, which comes in grey, brass or copper.

Verpan Hall 16 C39 www.verpan.com

Verpan is the destination for most of the important designs of Verner Panton (not just lights). You think you know them all, but do you know the New Wave table light of 1970 -- a rippled white glass mushroom cloud, for example? I thought you didn’t.

  Muuto Hall 16 B35 www.muuto.com

Lighting represents only a third of the Danish company Muuto’s production, but each of their lights has a strong personality – from the elegant Mhy, to the minimal E27 pendant, to the very wooden Wood Lamp task light.

Artek Hall 20 C08 www.artek.fi

Another Scandinavian manufacturer for which lighting is only part of their activity. But it is important: this company keeps in production iconic lights by the likes of Alvar Aalto (the A330 series, for example), Tapio Wirkkala and Jorn Utzøn.

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A LED candle from Ingo Maurer: My New Flame

My New Flame table light LED table light Ingo Maurer These lights, called My New Flame, are 40cm high "candles". At the top, there is a flickering flame created by an array of LEDs.

That doesn't sound very interesting or new. But it is! To see why, watch this little video:

http://youtu.be/G5BicYkAaUc

It was developed for Ingo Maurer by Moritz Waldemeyer, the go-to person of the moment if you want something truly spectacular in light. You know his stuff (though you may not realize it): recently, this for the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games:

Rio dancers Olympics closing ceremony Moritz Waldemeyer

and, even more recently, with Philip Treacy for London Fashion Week:

Philip Treacy London Fashion Week Moritz Waldemeyer

Gratifyingly, the circuit board in My New Flame that controls the LEDs is visible as part of the structure. Above it, there are 128 LEDs on each side, so the "flame" can be seen from both sides.

My-New-Flame-by-Moritz-Waldemeyer-for-Ingo-Maurer

It can be used outside or inside:

My New Flame Ingo Maurer LED candle table light

Ingo Maurer will launch My New Flame on 8 November at their Munich showrooms and on 15 November at their new York showrooms.

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Warm ceramic and LED light installation from Boatswain

Boatswain Levitas ah41Jason Boatswain, of Boatswain Lighting, is capable of amazing work with porcelain. In the past, his company (née Diffuse) has produced elegant shades in which art conceals art -- lights like this Sylph, which is 32cm high, are difficult to do when the porcelain is so thin, yet the individual pieces quite large: Boatswain Sylph ceramic pendant

The thin porcelain is semi-translucent and adds a wonderful glow, even when used with sources of artificial light -- CFLis and LEDs. The effect is like a candle:

Boatswain Levitas ceramic installation ah14

This installation by Boatswain was for a private residence in England (hence the downlighters). It uses their Levitas design, which is intended for bespoke arrangements. The light source is LED, which allows the suspension cables to be extremely thin, so that the Levitas "candles" seem to be hovering.

This could be seen as a safer alternative to Ingo Maurer's magical, iconic Fly Candle Fly!

ingo_maurer_fly_candle_fly_pendelleuchte_585_0Made up of real candles:

Ingo Maurer fly candle fly 1_br

In this project, Levitas is providing a very good solution for lighting over a rectangular table. Note also this rare occurence of lights over a table not being hung too high, for which we should thank the interior designers, Ashton House Design. Hooray!

The porcelain Levitas candles even look good when not lit...

Boatswain Levitas ah32 ...their natural material, with its matt surface, an excellent foil for a table designed to bring out its woodiness.

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Do visit Ingo Maurer's showrooms (during Munich Creative Business Week)

Ingo Maurer showroom in MunichIngo Maurer's latest eNewsletter lists various events that will be taking place in their showrooms during Munich Creative Business Week, which is taking place for the first time from the 7th to the 12th of February 2012. It is a wonderful city to live in, and so many creative people are based there, ensuring that this event will be very interesting. Of particular interest to fine lighting fans will be "Past, Present, Future: Lighting impressions by benwirth licht" in the new Egyptian Museum's bar and café area, but especially, not-to-be-missed, the new permanent showrooms of the finest contemporary crystal company, Windfall, at Amalienstrasse 81 a (call beforehand on +49 89 28807920) -- only a hop, skip and a jump (well, two metro stops) from Ingo Maurer's.

Our aim in this post to to urge you to go to Kaiserstrasse 47, because their new showrooms display everything from Ingo Maurer's catalogue, making it arguably the most exciting, stimulating -- and just plain interesting -- collection of lights gathered together in one place anywhere.

So what are Ingo Maurer putting on?

Deyan Sudjic, director of London's Design Museum, and the engineer and designer Moritz Waldemeyer, (responsible for some of the more amazingly engineered items in Swarovski's Crystal Place collection) will talk about their work and design at the showrooms, where some of the latter's LED objects will be on display.

Also, Ablaze, the installation by Ingo Maurer and Axel Schmid previously seen at Milan 2011, will be recreated:

Ablaze by Ingo Maurer and Axel SchmidFinally, nothing to do with lighting but, if this still is anything to go by, charming:

Chico and Rita by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscalthe  animated film, Chico and Rita by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal -- "the story of two Cuban musicians united by romantic desire and their music". It has just been nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar.

Munich has so much to offer, but with Ingo Maurer's showrooms and Windfall's showrooms in the same city, fine lighting lighting fans need no other reason to visit Munich at any time of the year! It is astonishing good value, too, if you stay at Das Hotel in München -- in the quieter university district, near both showrooms and the city centre.

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