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Maison et Objet, Paris January 2014: a handy guide

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As before, I've prepared a guide for Maison & Objet that highlights the lighting stands that, in our opinion, you should consider visiting. I explain why in this post, which is arranged alphabetically by hall.However, the guide works better as a PDF (click here: M&O 01 14 handy guide), in which each hall is on its own pages, so you only need to have out the pages for the hall that you are in.

There are two one-page summaries, one alphabetical (M&O 01 14 handy guide alphabetical summary) and one by hall (and then alphabetically) -- M&O 01 14 handy guide summary by hall. Because the fair is so huge, the latter helps you to plan which halls to visit and how long to allocate to each one.

There are no images. Instead, I've provided the web addresses, so that you can look up any exhibitors that you are not sure about. There is also a picture for each one on Maison et Objet’s official guide to exhibitors: http://www.maison-objet.com/en/paris/exhibitors

This year, I have not included any UK brands. This is partly because, for most of our readers, they need no introduction from me, partly for space reasons (there is a gratifying increase in the number of UK firms showing) and partly because this is not a time of the year when UK companies tend to introduce new items.

We welcome feed-back, so that we can make future guides better.

PARIS DECO...OFF   www.paris-deco-off.com

There are formal activities in Paris itself from the 23rd  to the 27th January (so almost the same dates as Maison & Objet at Villepinte). Forty nine showrooms are open for Paris Deco...Off and there are shuttle buses connecting them. The vast majority are either:

–          along the rue du Mail (approximately between the Bourse and the Palais Royal), or

–          on and around the rue de Furstenberg in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

There is virtually no lighting: the emphasis is on fabrics. However, not formally part of PARIS DECO... OFF, but exhibiting in their own showrooms, rather than at Maison et Objet, are....

Pouenat Ferronnier   22bis Passage Dauphine 75006   www.pouenat.fr

One of the most exciting, varied – and courageous – sources of furniture and lighting, this long-established fine metal working company is creating collections with leading young designers that include India Mahdavi, Nicolas Aubagnac, Damien Langlois-Meurinne, François Champsaur and Michel Jounannet.

Their showrooms are open from 24th January to 28th  January (i.e. the same dates as Maison & Objet), from eleven o’clock until eight o’clock. Who wouldn’t want an excuse to visit this corner of Paris for a few hours!

Baccarat   11 place des Etats-Unis 75116   int.baccarat.com/Lighting/lighting,en,sc.html

This year, Baccarat are celebrating their 250th anniversary. There will therefore be exciting new collections, so do visit the truly amazing shop/museum (chandeliers under water, huge talking vases...) that Philippe Starck created for them. See also the first book about Baccarat that has just been published, and which is available from the bookshop on our web site.

Also whilst in Paris (rather than out at Villepinte):

–          the best lighting department in any department store anywhere (though its quality goes up and down a bit) is at Le Bon Marché ( www.lebonmarche.com )

–          one of the best retail lighting shops anywhere (except that it has far too little space) is Novaluce at 172, rue du Faubourg St Honoré, 75008 ( www.novaluce.fr )

–          the best area anywhere for vintage lights and chandeliers is in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, approximately within the square marked out by the rue des Saints-Pères, the rue de l’Université, the rue du Bac and the rue de Lille. At the same time you can visit Pouenat, and...

–          Roll and Hill at Triode, 28 rue Jacob. See the entry at the end of my notes on Hall 8

–          see what Hervé van der Straeten is up to, at 11 rue Ferdinand Duval 75004

–          visit the Paris gallery of the Carpenters Workshop Gallery  54, rue de la Verrerie, 75004. Their roster includes the Campana Brothers, Gordijn and Nauta (aka Studio Drift), Mathieu Lehanneur, Nendo and Studio Job. Their next exhibition is of works by Stuart Haygarth (he of the huge round pendant lights made up found objects). It doesn’t start until the 8th February, though.

HALL 4

Gianni Seguso   A28 B27   www.seguso.it

Visit this stand to 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.

Romano Bianchi   B80 C79   www.romanobianchi.com

This family company (Romano Bianchi and his two sons) is the real deal. They mine the alabaster, they work it and then they ship it to us – no middle men!. Their mine (Cipollone) is the last one still open in Volterra. It produces blocks in  a wide variety of amazing colours, and of veining. Just by seeing what is on their stand and talking to Roberto, you’ll learn a surprising amount about alabaster. You’ll also see incredible workmanship. Many of the items are too baroque for some tastes, but there are others in restrained, often classical, styles that will be very useful. Romano Bianchi would be the best source for bespoke alabaster pieces.

And, not lights at all, but wonderful:

Kiade   D97   www.kiade.com

Kiade make the most stunningly detailed and accurate models of classic Riva motor boats and the great historic racing motor boats. We’ve learnt that when people think of Cameron Peters, they think of lights, so it is pointless our offering anything else. But if anyone is interested on our offering these wonderful creations, do let us know. They are as much about the finest design and craftsmanship as are our best light makers. Maybe you are doing a boy’s room or a study....

HALL 5A

CRAFT

If you’ve got the time, do not just whizz past the Craft section in Hall 5A – there are always some enchanting things here, including:

Benoît Vieubled   H48   www.benoit-vieubled.com

...with his charming, playful, airy, wire creations. Maybe his globe chandelier (Monde à l’Endroit, Monde à l’Envers) will also there. He works with Art & Floritude, upon whose stand (Hall 7 Stand B21) works of his may also appear – www.artetfloritude.fr/creations-benoit-vieubled.htm

Créations Didier Legros   G54 LE H53   www.didierlegros.com

Not lighting (I won’t spoil things by telling you what he does do), but never waste the opportunity to gaze in fascination....

Also in Hall 5A:

Le Bonheur du Jour de Caroline       L29

The essence of French charm! Caroline embroiders enchanting little shades. You can buy them as is, or as part of a complete light: her husband finds the lamp bases in flea markets and spruces them up. This means that there is no catalogue of standard items, so they are not suited to the standard procedures for contract. But do take this chance to visit their stand and see what they do – it is the only way you can because they have no web site – and you’ll be inspired to find a way to use some of their unique pieces. You’ll really want to!

HALL 5B

Brabbu       M17 N18     brabbu.com

There is something amazing going on in Oporto! Several companies there are offering the most flamboyant designs imaginable and it is exciting to see each new collection. Several of them are loosely affiliated: Boca Do Lobo (Hall 7, H158), Brabbu (Hall 5B M17 N18), Delightfull (Hall 8 A81 B82) and Koket (Hall 7 G129). When just Delightfull did lights, it was easier for us. But the other three companies also now have lighting collections. And that is a good thing because their work tends to be different to Delightfull’s jazz/1950s æsthetic. Don’t miss any of them!

SCE   H48   www.sce-france.com

The 60-year-old Société Centrale d’Eclairage has a particularly eclectic catalogue. There is no such thing as a typical SCE light, so do take this opportunity to acquaint yourself with what they are currently offering, since they are not yet on Architonic. There are three ranges: “SCE Collection” that comprises various items that are on-trend – e.g. the plain glass Kooki, and several designs with an industrial feel; “SCE Edition” which is more unusual and design-led; and “SCE Contract”, which demonstrates  an understanding of the types of design and price point that are required for contract.

Lum’art   N33   www.lumart.fr

You will know Lum’art as a long-established source for rustic French lanterns, mostly for exterior use. It still is but, since it was taken over by Pierre Génin in 2010, there are more contemporary designs being added that exploit their expertise in working brass, copper and zinc. There is a wide range of finishes (16), 450 designs and they are keen to work on projects. Do have a look at their clear and efficient web site.

Thierry Vidé Design   P42   www.thierryvide.com/en

Another case where it is essential to see what they do for real (not just in pictures)  and what happens when you walk around what they have created.  The material is pierced metal sheet that can be coloured and which, when used in layers, creates magical kinetic effects. Thierry and his sons, Jean-Sébastien and Félicien, use it to make the normal-sized lights that will be on their stand, but they can also create the most exciting, vast pieces (lights or sculptures) for large interiors or for exterior use. No-one else can design such large site-specific pieces that do not block out light, and which seem so weightless as to float.

Also:

Shoya Yoshida - Renaissance   O37   www.shoyayoshida-renaissance.com/en/

We know nothing about this Japanese brand except what is on the web site. But we are intrigued: they are creating lights using washi paper and these will be interesting to see. If we are to work with them, though, there are the usual considerations: compliance, availability, efficiency and aftersales support.

HALL 6

MH WAY   Q25   www.mhway.it

Not lights, but the very cool, very practical bags by the Japanese designer Makio Hasuike, that the design community buy from his shops in Milan. For this season, he is adding new colours.

HALL 7

Art et Floritude   C110 D109   www.artetfloritude.fr

You would, until recently, primarily have known this Loire valley-based family company for their traditional, bucolic designs of painted leaves and fruits (making chandeliers and wall lights based on olive branches, for instance), and beautiful small porcelain flowers. But for some time now, at each fair they also show more contemporary designs in metal and porcelain. They are particularly strong in large custom pieces, working with India Mahdavi at the Connaught and Patrick Jouin at the Dorchester, for example.

Boca Do Lobo   H158   www.bocadolobo.com

There is something amazing going on in Oporto! Several companies there are offering the most flamboyant designs imaginable and it is exciting to see each new collection. Several of them are loosely affiliated: Boca Do Lobo (Hall 7, H158), Brabbu (Hall 5B M17 N18), Delightfull (Hall 8 A81 B82) and Koket (Hall 7 G129). When just Delightfull did lights, it was easier for us. But the other three companies also have lighting collections. And that is a good thing because their work tends to be different to Delightfull’s jazz/1950s æsthetic. Don’t miss any of them!

Fortuny/Venetia Studium   G119   www.venetiastudium.com

Best known for the magical hand-painted silk creations of Fortuny, they are also now exploring other designs by him that are more functional than decorative – specifically the large, floor-standing floodlight. The results are wonderfully sculptural pieces. The detailing and quality of production are amazing, so don’t waste the opportunity to see them (e.g. the Studio 1907 Tripod floor light) up close and personal.

Lieux   E145   www.lieux-decoration.com

Another delightful, playful French collection with small birds on wires, &c. You may find lights that have intrigued you in magazines, but you didn’t know who made them. Well, it was Patrice Gruffaz, who created Lieux.

Mat & Jewski D166   www.matejewski.com

Hervé Matejewski’s creativity is also unique, and bold, so this is a stand that always surprises (usually in a good way!). But our favourite works of his may be amongst his earliest – the fantastic feather pieces. His new introductions can be a bit different, and difficult to summarize (which is why you should go and see them!). Look out for the Diamant and Cristal pendant lights, and the Mini-tube table lights.

Murano Luxury Glass   D28 E27   www.formiaglass.it

Armani/Casa   D28 E27   www.formiaglass.it

Roberto Cavalli Home   C35   formiaglass.robertocavalli.com

It is good that retail brands such as Roberto Cavalli and Armani/Casa are (a) including Murano glass pieces in their Home collections and (b) are going to a genuine Murano glass company, Formia, to source them. Normally one would never buy Murano glass unless one knew who made it where, especially since one may be paying a substantial premium for a “luxury” brand name. But Formia’s involvement here means that you can specify Murano glass for those clients who are swayed by luxury brand names....

Objet Insolite   G110   www.objetinsolite.com

Dark bronze structures, their organic designs sometimes featuring elements of plants, and animals, with cream (or other single colour) shades, this collection, though very French and frequently specified for hotels and restaurants, is particularly well suited to cottages and barn conversions. Don’t miss the unique decorative outdoor lights.

Saint-Louis   G79   www.saint-louis.com

Saint-Louis is one of the greatest names in French crystal. Their catalogue collection of chandeliers is not huge, but it is diverse, so this is an important opportunity to see what they do, to see the new, “modern” designs that they are introducing, and also to discuss custom pieces.

Tekna (Nautic, Flat and the Caret lamp)   D76 E75   www.tekna.be

Yes, there are three things to see that come under the Tekna umbrella:

–          Nautic (which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year) is our key source for lanterns and other lights with a nautical/seaside feel about them. Actually, that does not fully explain their distinctive range, so do go and look at it.

–          Flat is an innovative range of trimless downlighters. You can imagine trimless, but not the remarkable, shadowless light that these cast, thanks to the baffle and the diffusers used. So you have to go see. Then you will understand why – should you ever have to use a downlighter –  you should specify it from this range.

–          the Caret Squirrel Cage lamp, which  may be the most important object in the entire Parc d’Expositions. You can usually see the lamp in lanterns. Traditionally, therefore, lamps that are attractive to look at have been used. For Nautic, this has meant the incandescent squirrel cages. Politicians are going to ban squirrel cages. What to do? Erik spent four years researching an alternative. It is now available as the Caret Squirrel Cage lamp that replaces the wire in an incandescent lamp with loops of cold cathode tube. The light it casts is wonderfully warm. It will be the saviour of all existing, and future, lanterns. That is why it is so important. Because, if you don’t use these, what are you going to use?

Venini   H154   www.venini.com

One of the greatest luxury brands, their ArtLight collection has been pruned and revamped, items that only had model numbers have now helpfully been given names (“99.19" is now “Scarlatti”, for example), and the catalogue has been split into three:

–          “The Classics”, which are multi-arm chandeliers, some traditional, some modern;

–          “Architectural Lighting”, which does not contain any architectural lighting at all (they will have to come up with a name that is not misleading) – rather, it is lights which are not multi-arm chandeliers (e.g. Esprit); and

–          “Author Collections”, which contains the pieces which are primarily works of art, rather than functional lighting, by great names like Tadeo Ando, the Campana Brothers, Studio Job, the Bouroullec Brothers, Ettore Sottsass and Mimmo Rotella.

Note that Venini are not keeping their Architonic information up-to-date so you won’t find lights of theirs that are suitable to your project unless you take the trouble to go to their web site or catalogue.

HALL 8

&tradition   B1 C2   www.andtradition.com

&Tradition supplies classic Scandinavian designs by designers of the calibre of  Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton, but also by interesting current designers like Victor Vetterlein. The result is an eclectic, high calibre collection that should not be missed. Take the opportunity to see the new patterned glass pendant, Blown, if you did not see it at lightjunction in September. They are now handling Sophie Refer’s Ice Chandelier.

Arpel Lighting   B99   www.gbye.fr

Now, I know what you are going to say: Surely that is Goodbye Edison’s collection of high quality LED lights, launched at M&O three years ago? Well, you are right: they have just changed their name. Frame is a neat, simple idea: a table light shaped like a frame, with LEDs at the back that would illuminate any picture on the wall behind it, and which would be visible through the frame. The rest of the collection continues in this language of minimal forms holding (and made possible by) LEDs. And they have not just changed their name – the other recent development has been the issuing of some of their designs in colours.

Blackbody   A61 B62   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 Blackbody first company to base its entire business on OLEDs. It 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. They are promising to show a new lighting collection at this event which, besides being new designs, should show us all how the use of OLEDs in decorative lighting is progressing.

Bloom!   D87   www.bloomholland.nl

Rob and his wife invented the idea of the outsize illuminated flower pot that can be used for flowers, or trees, or Christmas trees, or packed with ice and filled with lager... But see also their small outdoor portable lights, and Ornametrica, their mathematical, expanding indoor chandelier. Note also the illuminated outdoor stool – called Stool....

Brokis   F40   www.brokis.cz

This new Czech glass brand continues to present interesting contemporary designs, such as the Muffin, designed for them by Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova, that combine glass with metal and wood. Last year, they presented here the balloon lights called Memory. New  since lightjunction is the neat Sätelite table and ceiling light (like a microphone).

Céline Wright   C38   www.celinewright.com

No-one makes lighter pieces than Céline Wright: floating shapes – large and small – from paper, often suspended from the most delicate structures, that may be complemented by the use of a pebble to provide weight. Last year, besides showing her new Arabesque collection, that look a bit like the outline of a whirling Dervish, she had one of her staff making them on the stand – showing that they are painstakingly assembled by charming people – not churned out be machines!

Mathieu Challières   C12   www.challieres.com

It is no secret that Cameron Peters seeks out designers with a unique vision, and Mathieu Challières is a great example. Note the playfulness (e.g. his Petit Air de Campagne collection with birds and apples), and his use of colour (Les Diabolos – the answer when someone wants a “cheap” chandelier – these are not expensive, but they are real designs in their own right, that enchant grown-ups and children alike) and of white (see his series of large white plaster pieces).

DCW   A1 B2   www.dcw-editions.fr

DCW Enterprises have been responsible for arguably the most important recent re-edition of a classic task light, the French La Lampe Gras from the 1920s. It is beautifully made, in a variety of typologies (table, wall, floor). It is one the few lights that is so important that there is a monograph dedicated to it. See the new colours and structures – wall lights with an extra long reach, for example. New models are being added all the time: the exciting news for this event is that they will showing new white and copper versions!

Then last year, DCW introduced designs from the early ‘50s by Bernard Schottlander. If you haven’t yet seen these wonderful organic pieces, do so now. A ceiling light and a shorter wall light have been added to this collection.

And this year, they will be showing Balise, a new line that has been developed with Dominique Perrault Architecture and the French manufacturer, Sammode. There are just two taster pictures so far, but they are enough to excite the lighting glands...

Delightfull   A81 B82   www.delightfull.eu

There is something amazing going on in Oporto! Several companies there are offering the most flamboyant designs imaginable and it is exciting to see each new collection. Several of them are loosely affiliated: Boca Do Lobo (Hall 7, H158), Brabbu (Hall 5B M17 N18), Delightfull (Hall 8 A81 B82) and Koket (Hall 7 G129). When just Delightfull did lights, it was easier for us. But the other three companies also have lighting collections. And that is a good thing because their work tends to be different to Delightfull’s jazz/1950s æsthetic. Don’t miss any of them!

Designheure D38   en.designheure.com

Designheure’s speciality is large pieces, in unusual shapes, particularly suited to large spaces. At least, that is how one thinks of them! But look more closely at the collection and you’ll see interesting lights of normal dimensions – even small ones (e.g. the practical Library Lamp for use in book stacks). So we all need to take this opportunity to have a better look at what they do!

Dix Heures Dix   C16   www.dixheuresdix.com/en

The best source of large, fabric, freestanding lights, of course, but do visit their stand to remind yourself of the other things that they do, and that you may not expect from them – for example, the Koon chandelier and the Infini floor light.

EOQ   E19   www.eoq-design.com

We are delighted that EOQ will be showing here – that the French and others will get the chance to see the quality of what they are doing. It helps that EOQ are working with a really good designer – Michael Young – and that they are arranging production with factories that work to the very highest standards. So, for example, the Bramah lights are extruded from a solid block of aluminium by a company otherwise making fascias for hi-fi and technical equipment, &c. The result is pieces of understated perfection.

Forestier   C27 D28   www.forestier.fr

Originally known primarily for outdoor luminaires, Forestier are now building a very varied collection of strong pieces by designers of the calibre of Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Ionna Vautrin, and, particularly, Arik Levy – see his Bodyless collection, and the SPI series, his...um...homage to Claesson Koivisto Rune’s Baklava for Örsjö, both launched last September.

Gubi   F19 G20   www.gubi.dk

Gubi has become one of the most important players in the current trend (long may it continue!) of re-editing great designs from the 20th Century. An essential stand to visit: lights compose only some of the classic designs that they are making available again.

Jacco Maris   E86   www.jaccomaris.com

A fascinating collection: one man’s vision that ranges from the big, butch, industrial The Outsider range, to the sensual, feminine Ode 1647 in rich colours and finishes, via Idée Fixe – a shade shape made of what looks like italic script that is hovering in space – like the words expressing what people are thinking in Sherlock Holmes.

Kalmar   D80   www.kalmarlighting.com

Vienna-based Kalmar is one of the great names in lighting. They have been around for 130 years and have had the great idea to raid their archives to create a family of authentic 20th century designs, which they  have branded Kalmar Werkstätten.The workmanship is of the highest standard – an essential stand to see!

Lahumiere Design   D103   www.lahumieredesign.fr

A steadily growing collection of sculptural lights, often made from folded metal sheet, and with a hint of the ‘60s. We’re hoping to see and understand the Circolo table light and the Éole pendant.

Lasvit   A91 B92   www.lasvit.com

One of the most important of the companies to emerge from the post-communist Czech glass industry, and the one making the biggest splash at various trade shows, with their large and interesting custom pieces. Note that they have a catalogue of standard items – the neat little Glitters family, for example. And “Lighting Sculptures” like fashion designer Maurizio Galante’s Plisse Cloud, or Growing Vases by the Japanese designer, Nendo.

Le Deun Luminaires   C19   www.ledeun.com

Jean-Luc has been working with LEDs since 1997 – i.e. longer than almost anyone in decorative lighting – and the journey has thrown up some fascinating designs along the way. His current collection is based on simple geometric shapes – circles, squares, cubes – with LEDs around their insides. Very practical, very strong, very minimal. This year he has added hexagons that fit together to create a honeycomb effect.

Martinelli Luce   F98   www.martinelliluce.it

One of the best Italian contemporary lighting companies – and the only one at this show! A fine, distinctive collection, built up over several decades – some designed by the family, but by no means all. If you haven’t already, note there is a smaller version of the late Gae Aulenti’s Pipstrello. It is called Minipipstrello....

Muuto   C1 D2   www.muuto.com

A Danish company with a lighting collection that displays the classic strengths of Scandinavian design: strong simple forms that make the most of the nature of the materials from which they are made, e.g. wood (Wood Lamp), felt (Under The Bell), glass and E27 – a base you can put your choice E27 lamp into....

PCM Design   D33   www.pcmdesign.es

Founded in Spain in 2011 by the architect Paloma Cañizares, PCM Design are “...trying to search product from very talented and young designers coming from the best design schools.” Production is rooted in local materials and skills. The lights in their collection are the Terracota pendants and table light designed by  by Tomas Kral and produced in Extramadura, drawing on the centuries-old skills of the craftsmen who make the typical Spanish ceramic water jugs. They have now added black versions of the pendants.

Petite Friture   B15   www.petitefriture.com

Petite Friture I translate as small fry. I’m not sure how accurate an impression that gives of what these guys do, but they have a small collection of lights that includes the huge Vertigo. Huge, but light and airy, since it is skeletal (the outline of an Ascot hat that Cecil Beaton might have designed for My Fair Lady), as are  and other pieces in the collection that are made from loosely woven or net-like fabrics.

Secto   A23/B24   www.sectodesign.fi

A wonderful collection of lights that work in so many different environments. You know the  main shapes, so check out the more recent ones – Kontro, Owalo (note particularly the linear pendant) and the Aspiro pendant. Using his signature pressed birch, this time Seppo Koho has created free-falling spirals.

Also:

Roll and Hill   F5 G6   (and the Triode Gallery, 28 rue Jacob 75006) www.rollandhill.com

F5 G6 is the stand of neri&hu ( en.neriandhu.com ) in Shanghai who make wood furniture (and one neat family of lights called MatchLight). They have asked the important New York-based company, Roll and Hill, to provide lighting. You will be able to see there Lindsey Adelman’s  Agnes and her Knotty Bubbles, Lukas Peet’s Rudi and Monogram by Partners & Spade.

They will also be creating a facsimile of their Brooklyn studio at Triode in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, including a full-size version of one of their giant windows that overlook New York harbour. On display will be fixtures by nearly all their designers, with a focus on newer products such as Counterweight by Fort Standard and Maxhedron by Bec Brittain.

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lightjunction: Kalmar, for the biggest, most demanding feature pieces, and for classic 20th century designs

Kalmar at the Qatar National Convention Centre

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

It is essential that you visit Kalmar's stand at lightjunction, for two reasons.

The first is that they are the people you go to if you are designing/commissioning the largest, most technically demanding feature pieces for important locations.

In an idle moment last year, I analyzed their reference list.

They had worked on projects all over the world. For example, at that point, 110 in the Middle East, 115 in UK, 76 in Japan, 75 in China, 19 in Russia and 11 in Africa. This means that they not only know all the -- often unexpected -- local issues, they also tend to know the individuals who can get things done....

They had completed projects of every major type, including (then) 242 hotels, 50 palaces, residences and embassies, 45 banks, 40 cruise liners, 12 airports and 7 casinos. So, again, whatever your project, they will have worked on similar ones before.

For example, they supplied 700 chandeliers for the restoration of the Kremlin, and truly huge pieces for 13 halls of the Great Hall of the People in Peking. The picture at the top of this post is of the famous dancing Oyster Lights that Kalmar created for the Qatar National Convention Centre. For exhibitions, they are folded up, 16m high under the ceiling. For banquets, when a more intimate mood is required, they can drop  to 2.7m whilst simultaneously opening to a diameter of 5m. Each one contains 13,700 Swarovski crystals and 856 RGB LEDs, which means that they can be programmed to change colour. Find out more, and see the video of the Oyster Lights dancing, here.

The point is: who else would you trust to pull off something so difficult and so important, within budget and on time?

Therefore, do take advantage of Kalmar being in London, at lightjunction, to see amazing pictures of projects that they have done in their new Kalmar Classic Project Book, and also to discuss any specific projects you may have.

The second reason why you should visit Kalmar's stand at lightjunction is that they are creating a new collection, called Kalmar Werkstätten, consisting of beautifully made, classic designs from their 130-year archive.

The  most recent addition is Fliegenbein...

Kalmar Fliegenbein floor light set

...so called because its structure looks a bit like the legs on a fly (well, it does to an Austrian). This structure is very simple: two dark, matt-finished bent metal tubes merge into one that is topped by a natural silk, pleated shade.  The wheat-coloured flex emerges discreetly and unobtrusively from the end of one of the legs. The whole composition looks very light, but it is in fact very strong,

Kalmar Fliegenbein floor light

It is a good example of the main characteristics of this collection: simple, logical designs that don't throw their weight around (making them suitable for many different environments), the perceived quality of which gets better and better the closer you look at the details (which is why you must visit their stand!).

You'll also see floor and table versions of Hase (the "handle" is a neatly wound leather lace)...

Kalmar  Hase floor light
Kalmar Hase table light

...and floor and table versions of Kilo:

Kalmar Kilo floor light
Kalmar Kilo table light

This simple design cleverly has a base that is very small in diameter. It is correspondingly heavy (hence the name of the light -- it is like a kilogramme weight). These lights are therefore ideal for where there may not be much floor or table space, and/or where the light has to be carried about a bit.

As simple, and as beautifully detailed, is the Posthorn pendant light:

Kalmar Posthorn pendant light

Do take the opportunity to visit Kalmar's stand and see these (and the other lights they are bringing) close up, to experience for yourself the materials and the workmanship.

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lightjunction: trend #4 -- classic designs of the 20th century

Kalmar Dornstab floor light set

lightjunction, our new fine lighting event, will be collocated with designjunction at the Sorting Office on New Oxford Street during Londonn Design Week, 18-22 September 2013

The most significant trend in lighting over the last few years has been the re-issuing of classic designs from the past. All the great architects of the 20th century created lights; they should be available to us and increasingly they are.

The Viennese company Kalmar is 130 years old, so they have extensive archives, that include works designed by Josef Frank for Haus und Garten. They have started plundering them, in order to create their Werkstätten collection. The pieces are beautifully made -- here is a closeup of one of the hooks used to suspend the light in the Dornstab (shown in the image above) that allow you to position it in the perfect position for you to read by:

Kalmar Dornstab floor light reading light detail

Bringing these designs back also boosts our lightjunction trend #2 (carved and polished dark woods).

Also in Vienna, Woka are one of the two most important companies to be bringing back pre-war designs (the other being Tecnolumen, who focus on the Bauhaus and Modernist designs of the '20s and '30s). They benefit from founder Wolfgang Karolinsky's deep knowledge of and understanding of the early 20th century design movements in Vienna -- e.g. the Wiener Werkstätte, the Vienna Secession and the work of Josef Hoffmann.

The quality of both the design and the production of Woka items mean that they are for true connoisseurs. For example, when part of the Palais Stoclet was reconstructed at the Lower Belvedere for last year's exhibition Gustav Klint/Joseph Hoffmann -- Pioneers of Modernism, it was Woka to whom they turned to recreate the ceiling lights.

Here is their beautiful AD7 wall light in polished brass and glass, an anonymous art déco design from 1926:

Woka AD7 wall light

It can be nickel-plated -- or, because they do all the work themselves in their own workshops, they can make special versions for you.

But some of the finest 20th designs are in the collections of Scandinavian lighting companies.

&Tradition have Verner Panton's Flowerpot in two sizes, 13 different colours and finishes, and in various typologies (floor, table, wall). They look fabulous on their own, of course...

&Tradition Verner Panton Flower Pot pendant light red

...but they are also particularly well-suited to being hung in groups:

&Tradition FlowerPot chrome pendant light in a group.

&Tradition's collection also includes this pendant from Jørn Utzon (who designed the Sydney Opera House)...

&tradition Utzon pendant light

...and this reading light (there are wall and table versions too), Bellevue, from Arne Jacobsen:

&Tradition Arne Jacobsen AJ2 floor standing reading lightThe more you study Bellevue, the more realize that it is perfect (yes!): powerfully functional, elegant lines and nothing to be added and nothing to be taken away. To anybody designing a reading light subsequently, its very existence must be as demoralizing as the music of Monteverdi is to subsequent composers.

What are the other Scandinavian lighting companies doing?

Well, Carl Hansen is producing The Pendant by Hans Wegner (he of, inter alia, the Wishbone chair)

Hans Wegner The Pendant lightIt is adjustable up and down, using the good solid handle integrated into the design, that protrudes at the bottom.

Northern Lighting  Has brought back Sven Ivar Dysthe's Butterfly light of 1964:

Sven Ivar Dysthe Butterfly wall lightThere is also a copper version -- see our post about this light here.

Finally, Fritz Hansen have only one light in their collection -- but what a corker! It is Kaiser Idell Luxus by Christian Dell, the German silversmith who ran the metal workshop between 1922 and 1925, when the Bauhaus was in Weimar. Here it is:

Fritz Hansen Kaiser Idell Luxus table light redA post on 20th century classics is always going to have fantastic images of lights in it but, nevertheless, what a great note to end on. IMHO.

And there are other typologies! Here's group of them, chatting at a party:

Fritz Hansen Kaiser Idell Luxus lighting collection

lightjunction 18 22 September 2013

 

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lightjunction: trend #2 -- carved and polished dark woods

Channels Finnieston floor and table lights

Lightjunction, our new fine lighting event, will be with collocated with designjunction at the Sorting Office on New Oxford Street during London Design Week, 18-22 September 2013.

In 2012, designers discovered the fun of back-to-basics lights made using untreated pale woods. For previous decades, wood had rarely been used in lighting, other than by specialists like Secto and LZF (except for the pedestals of floor and table base'n'shade lights) .

2013 sees a return to the beauty of finely carved and polished darker woods. Channels is adding lights to their collection of elegantly proportioned and made pieces, using the materials that they use for their furniture -- for example, oak and walnut. You can see above the floor and table task lights the Finnieston collection.

The lack of heat produced by LEDs means that Channels can make not just the structure, but even the shades, out of wood. Here are the Three Wise Men -- three shapes in two sizes, made from solid American white oak or American black walnut, that can be used individually or in groups.

Channels Three Wise men wood pendant lightsOther darker woods are appearing as part of the revival of the great designs of the 20th century.

The illustrious Viennese firm of Kalmar is able to draw upon its own 130 year archive. Here is  the Admont2 from 1930. You can see the beautiful colour of the wood...

Kalmar Admont 2 wood chandelier

...and the close-up below (of an Admont6) gives some idea of the quality of line, of carving, of finishing and of detail:

Kalmar Admont6 wood chandelier detail

The result is warm, rich, comfortable and sophisticated. The wood choices include solid rosewood, wengé and oak, plus there are lacquered versions in satin matt red of black.

Also showing at lightjunction this year, and also from Vienna, Woka include in their collection of early 20th century lights the truly magnificent floor mounted uplighter, Flora, and of about 1930.

Woka Flora brass and wood floorstanding uplighter of 1930

The structure is in stained beech. The version above has brass detailing. There is also a black stained version, with nickel-plated brass, that has an even stronger art déco feel:

Woka Flora floorstanding uplighter of 1930 black and nickel

So the return to solid fine woods is making available again the sense of quality, style and connoisseurship that has been so abjured in recent years.

lightjunction 18 22 September 2013

 

Channels images courtesy of Philip Vile.

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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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