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LZF lightjunction 2013

Don't forget our world first! Courtesy of Architonic, you can still see on the dedicated apps and the Virtual Showroom on the lightjunction web site details of everything that you saw -- or missed -- at lightjunction and designjunction this year.

LZF manage to create a wonderful range of colours in their wood veneers -- wonderful, because of the exact hue and intensity selected. Above is a long shot of several of their Escape pendant. A sensible size -- Ø40cm H30cm -- it also works beautifully in a simple off-white:

LZF Escape pendant light

And that illustrates the main visual message conveyed by the sensitive hanging of their lights at lightjunction by LZF and Do Shop. The coloured versions were dotted around the entrances to the halls, whereas once visitors reached the stand, they found this magnificent arrangement of many of their lights in off-white -- virtually no colour at all:

LZF Designjunction 2013

LZF have taken advantage of this massed effect to create a new chandelier, called Candelabro:

LZF candelabro chandelier

which can also be in colours:

LZF candelabro chandelier

It is a medley of several of their existing designs, including the recent Raindrop:

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(which is beautifully engineered so that it is easy to relamp and always hangs at the right angle) .

Candelabro also has birds flitting happily about:

LZF candelabro chandelier detail

Yet again one is amazed and delighted by how much LZF can do with elegant wood veneer -- the simple, the complex, the elegant, the frenzied....

LZF candelabro chandelier set

The general theme of the new collection was High Fidelity (so, you see, my headline was not just a pitiful cliché!). They have had great fun with this, whilst exhibiting a very accurate feel for 1960s fonts and graphic design. To see what I mean, have a look at this little video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=h-Prw43cQyQ

As I write this, I'm enjoying the album that Sandro produced. It is recorded in full high fidelity, stereophonic sound! You can download the tracks here, where you'll also learn more about the campaign.

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lightjunction: trend #5 -- lights as ornaments

Northern Lighting Bake-Me-a-Cake table light 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

Let's face it, to most people, a light is still a base with a shade. But nobody told most of our suppliers! Lights can be anything: they can have shapes and meanings that justify their existence in their own right, whether or not they are very efficient as lights.

Take Bake Me A Cake (above), recently designed by Morten & Jonas for Northern Lighting. As you can see, it is a witty variation on the base'n'shade: a light that looks like a cake in a cake stand. But there is more to it than meets the eye. It is manufactured by the inmates of a Norwegian prison near Bergen. The aim is to create high quality production inside Norwegian prisons -- to challenge the inmates' ways of thinking and acting. So there is a social purpose, but also humour because, as we all know, files are baked into cakes for prisoners....

Artemide empatia table lightArtemide's Empatia table light also works fine as a light, but the interest is really in the interaction between the blown glass (used for centuries by Italians to make lights) and LEDs, the most contemporary of light sources.   The glass reflects and transmits the light without glare -- an elegant shape with fascinating properties to put on your side board.

Artemide cosmic leaf floor light

Lights as ornament don't only come as table lights. Also from Artemide, for instance, there is the Cosmic Leaf floor light by  Ross Lovegrove. As it stands, it is a beautiful sculpture: a carefully judged form made from a textured transparent methacrylate, chosen for the way that it plays with light.

LZF Air wall light

 

If lights can be ornaments -- works of art -- they can hang on the wall, like paintings, and be made out of almost any material. So, why not thin strips of wood veneer, smoothed into elegant, fluid  forms? This is what LZF do. Above is their Air, that also comes as a table light.

Brokis memory ceiling lights

Or you can hang your ornaments from the ceiling! Here are the ludic Memory lights from Brokis -- beautifully executed, and showing for the second time in this post that lights as ornament can also be witty -- the string of the balloon is also the pull cord on-off switch.

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Whereas CTO's Lunar is unabashed luxury -- an elegant abstract form in hand-rolled bronze with satin-finished brass.

So, remember, don't only think of lights when you are specifying light sources. They can do so much more. All the top designers have created lights and, for some unknown reason, a sculpture is a lot cheaper when it has a light in it. So they are bargains as well...

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Euroluce 2013: Hall 11

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This is the second 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 eleven. 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 11

Album D21 E20 www.album.it

You MUST visit this stand, even if you visit no others! The reason is that Album’s systems make possible results that it would otherwise be very difficult to achieve. This includes getting the light source as near as possible to the thing being lit – essential if you are serious about saving energy. But it is never really clear what they can do until you have seen for yourself, when you will also discover how beautifully designed the lighting bodies are. When you add to these strengths the fact that they are one of the few decorative lighting companies using LEDs well, and that they now have an outdoor collection...well you can perhaps begin to understand why you should visit their stand!

Artemide C19 D28 www.artemide.com

One of the most important companies in decorative lighting, that manages to bring out very good, very interesting lights from top designers every year – for example, one of several innovative spot lights new to their catalogue is Cata, designed by Carlotta de Bevilacqua, that won this year’s prestigious IF Product Design award. This stand is, of course, a must.

Arturo Alvarez C35 www.arturo-alvarez.com

Arturo Alvarez will be introducing to their already strong offering new lights using LEDs and silicone, that are specifically designed with the hospitality and project markets in mind. With the world mired in the financial doldrums, this is a good approach. The designs need not be compromised by having to suit a particular market and/or function – quite the opposite.

Baga F27 F31 www.patriziagarganti.com

Patrizia Garganti has added several more brands to the original Baga – Lovelylight, Bespoke Lighting Design, ME, Atelier Tailor Made – and we saw some useful designs at their stand two years ago. But they never sent us the information that they had promised, so I suppose the message is caveat emptor.

Céline Wright D25 www.celinewright.com

We are so pleased Céline Wright will be showing at Euroluce! No-one makes lighter pieces than she does: 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. This year she has introduced her new Arabesque collection, that look a bit like the outline of a whirling Dervish!

Danese C19 D28 www.danesemilano.com

Danese have a larger collection of lights, both professional and decorative, than you may have realised. By showing at Euroluce, it will be possible to focus on this segment of their collection.

Davide Groppi B29 C32 www.davidegroppi.com

Another essential stand! What they do is so elegant, so minimal that you could whizz past with just a glance. Big mistake! There is an amazing team joyfully at work here, producing their own unique solutions to lighting requirements in a variety of locations, particularly restaurant tables.  They manage to create luminaires that look like sculptures hanging over a table that mysteriously has puddles of light on it – i.e. it is not obvious that the luminaires are producing the light (and there is no glare). Difficult to describe, but easy to see. If you look...

Fine Art Lamps H55 www.fineartlamps.com

Fine Art Lamps is one of the very few American lighting companies that bothers to make international versions of their lights, so they can be used in Europe. This is good for all those UK designers who are drawn to American-style lights. It is also good because, in a very varied collection, there are some humdingers.

FontanaArte B21 C18 www.fontanaarte.com

Since becoming part of the NICE Group, we have been delighted to see FontanaArte recovering its mojo. Already one of the finest collections of 20th century designs – partly by keeping models from the 1930s onwards in their collection – they are now adding further strong designs, some of which are classics and some of which are new. Look out for the beautiful, minimal floor light called Yumi. Remember, UK specifiers, that they now keep a stock of their main designs in UK for quick delivery. This is bound to be a stand not to be missed!

Foscarini A19 B24 www.foscarini.com

Another of the very greatest names in decorative lighting, the quality of whose collection is matched by the efficiency of their operation. A huge stand (880sq m), again designed by Ferruccio Laviani, that will have space for proper meetings and discussions, and 200sq m set aside for the Successful Living from Diesel collection.

They have a programme of talks where specific lights are discussed by their designers. It is really interesting to be taken through the process of design. You may then understand better why it takes, on average, two years from original concept until when a light is commercially available. Download Foscarini's Meet the Designers sessions to see who is talking and when.

Innermost D23 E24 www.innermost.net

A UK company that can hold its head high, mixing it with the most design-advanced exhibitors in Paris, Stockholm and Milan, thanks to their fascinating and growing collection, that is also well-priced. When you are on the stand, get up close’n’personal (with the lights) – for example, Glaze, that appears to be made from an impossible liaison between copper and ivory....

Kalmar F35 www.kalmarlighting.com

The Viennese company, Kalmar, is over 130 years old and has a history that embraces, for example,  Josef Frank’s and Oskar Wlach’s avant-garde pre-war furnishing showrooms, Haus & Garten, so they have an amazing archive that they are now plundering to create their Werkstätten collection. The designs are fantastic, the quality of production is equally fantastic – we are delighted by the very positive reactions we get to pictures of the collection, so please do make the most of the opportunity to see the real things, up close.

Karboxx E34 www.karboxx.com

Karboxx fascinates because of its dedication to innovative materials, such as carbon fibre and refined glass fibre, that make possible designs (light, strong, often minimal) that could not be be made in other materials. That does not mean that their collection is impractical – quite the opposite. It does mean, though, that a visit to their stand is always justified, to see what new things they have come up with.

Lampe Gras E35 lampegras.fr and

Lampe B. Schottlander E35 www.schottlander.fr

This is a stand that we will be making a bee-line for. DCW Éditions have already brought back the iconic Lampe Gras, that gets ever more exciting, with longer articulated structures (as if made by a mad plumber) and new, cool, colourways. The latest versions (two table lights, one floor-standing uplighter, one pendant and four wall lights) will be shown.

However, they are now also re-editing a collection dating from 1951, designed by the German-born Englishman, Bernard Schottlander. He was an artist, engineer, and fan of Alexander Calder’s who devised a clever system of counterweights that are combined with a series of strong and flexible metal bars. To these are attached aluminium shades. He creates a helical movement in which the symmetrical and the asymmetrical are in opposition. Very much of their period, when you see them you will understand how useful such designs, from a reliable supplier, will be.

Lamp di Volpato Patrizia F28 www.patriziavolpato.it

One of the best sources of chandeliers made from triedri, quadriedri and triangular bars of optical glass (a standard Venetian concept that gives you more of the magical play of light and glass for your euro or pound than anything else), they also have an extensive collection of Italian contemporary designs.

 Laudarte H40 www.laudarte.com

Laudarte now also have Leone Aliotti and Leo Mirai under their wing – collections from all three will be on their stand. Leone Aliotti’s designs are traditional, gold, highly decorated, with lampshades. Leo Mirai’s also have lampshades, but the bases are simpler and in nickel. Laudarte’s own collection tends towards Leone Aliotti’s, but there are some other interesting designs – e.g. lanterns. Laudarte are a good source of custom pieces.

Le Porcellane F33 www.leporcellane.it

Few foreigners would associate Florence with fine porcelain, but the long-standing presence of Richard Ginori in Sesto Fiorentino has resulted in the presence thee of smaller companies set up by people that they have trained. Le Porcellane does wonderful traditional collections that include lamp bases. We have not felt that their shades (which they buy in) are as good as their bases, though – do let us know what you think.

  LZF D32 www.lzf-lamps.com

LZF have taken a specific material – the thin strip of wood veneer – and created a large and very varied collection using it. All the pieces benefit from its attractive nature, which is strengthened by the imaginative designs and, frequently, pastel colouring (that never conceals the grain).

Mazzuccato G33 www.mazzuccatomurano.it

Mazzuccato is the real deal – a furnace, still run by one a scion of the great Murano glass families, and still on Murano. They have the finest collection of traditional Muranese designs, with a wide range of flowers, colours and finishes. That is not to say that they don’t also have good contemporary designs in stronger colours, but so do others. Since everything is made to order, custom sizes and details are possible.

Mechini H36 www.mechini.com

Mechini are the leading exponent of a Florentine tradition for chandeliers (and other items) made from painted metal combined with glass. The range of designs, colours and sizes is huge, plus they willingly do custom pieces. Since we have no longer had our showrooms, we have sold very few, so they clearly need to be seen – as you can do if you go to stand H36! You’ll like some more than others.

MEE Murano F45 www.meemurano.com

MEE’s is a fascinating collection of very contemporary, experimental Venetian glass designs. You’ll either love them or hate them – nothing could be further from the design language of many UK-based designers. But if you have a brave, flamboyant client, something from MEE Murano might be just the thing. Have a look.

Pallucco C33 www.pallucco.com

A very interesting collection from some top designers. This year, they have a LED version of the vast Fortuny flood light (that normally has a 500W incandescent lamp). It will be interesting to see how it performs. There will also be Arianna, an intriguing design of moveable cherry  wood rods, and Tape – a spot light shining down onto tape strung across a wheel. They look much better than these descriptions suggest, so you have to go look.

Torremato D36 www.torremato.com

We will be fascinated to see what Torremato introduce at the show! A young brand (an offshoot of the very different Il Fanale q.v.), they are going their own way, using wood and metal to create wonderful indoor and outdoor lights.

Venetia Studium (Fortuny) F30 www.venetiastudium.com

Venetia Studium has been one of our favourite makers since we began – fabulous Fortuny designs made from hand-painted silk, in Venice. If the patterned versions are too art nouveau for your project, then consider the plain versions.   Most designs are now available in glass, for environments where more light in needed, or where they risk being knocked about. They also make thrilling versions of the large Fortuny floodlight – the pieces may be big but they are engineered like jewels. Look out for the one with rich gold leaf inside the reflector – wonderful to look at and warming the light being cast.

Vistosi E23 F22 www.vistosi.it

Vistosi’s is probably the finest collection of contemporary glass lights. There are good designs for all sorts of applications, from simple pieces for a corridor, to designs created to be flexible so that specials can be mad; from designs ideal for cascades down stairwells, to Angelo Mangiarotti’s endlessly flexible Giogali system of glass hooks.

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FT How To Spend It: big lights in the dining room

FT How to Spend It cover 09 12 Very few people write properly researched, in depth articles about decorative lighting. When they do, and when a link is available, we share the article with you via a post like this one. (Otherwise, the only voice you hear is mine....)

In the latest Financial Times How To Spend It magazine, Jenny Dalton (one of the best feature writers in our field) has highlighted one of the ways that wow factor lights can be best used: as big features over dining tables. She's used examples from some of our favourite suppliers, some of which have also been featured in recent posts of ours: LZF, Atelier Areti, Willowlamp and Il Pezzo Mancante, the long version of whose chandelier (Il Pezzo Mancante 3) was also used on the cover -- as you can see above. Plus Ochre and the artist Sharon Marston  -- great choices! 

A decorative light on the front of an English consumer magazine! Imagine how delighted we were -- what a Sunday that was!

Anyway, to read the fully illustrated article, click here.

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LZF at London Design Week

LZF Spiro pendant light SM 29 Detail The Valencia fair takes place during the same week as London Design Week. LZF is based in Spain so they are showing there. However, we are delighted that they are also present in London, in conjunction with Do Shop. You can therefore see their lights both at Do Shop's shop in Shorts Gardens and on their stand at designjunction.

LZF's is one of the most distinctive collections in the wonderful world of fine lighting. They basically focus on one material -- thin strips of (Polywood®) wood veneer -- which has the properties of lightness and, thanks to the natural patterns in the wood, every surface is enlivened. The result is lights of great lightness, elegance and delicacy, even when they are large.

A case in point is their recent introduction, Spiro.

LZF Spiro pendant light red 03 SPR SG 26

The breakthrough here was to find a way of filling the void within the outer circle. This is a problem with any light of this overall shape. The standard solution is an opaque diffuser which reduces glare but adds nothing to the effect of the design.

LZF Spiro pendant light 08 SPR SG NG-27Whereas the designer of Spiro, Remedios Simon has filled the interior with dozens of delicate concentric spirals (hence the name) through which the light passes. Because the spirals interact with each other, and because we see them from so many angles, veneer of a single colour appears to be of many hues:

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So always consider Spiro when you are looking for a large, shallow pendant which will be seen from below!!!

It comes in two sizes, Ø75cm and Ø96cm. Both are H15cm.

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The peope who make them have got to keep their wits about them, otherwise there will coils of wood veneer all over Chiva...

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