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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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Euroluce 2013: Hall 9

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This is the first of a series of posts to be published this week that will build up into our Handy Guide to Euroluce 2013. This one looks at who is a hall nine. Other posts look at who is in other halls and also what is happening where fuori salone. The last post in the series will pull all the content together into one document, with updates and corrections. This will then form the basis for our customary PDFs -- alphabetical, and by hall -- for you to use at the Fair. 

That last post in the series will remain up throughout the week of the Fair so that you can download the PDFs , or read it on your mobile thingy, at any time.

EUROLUCE MILAN 2013 – HALL 9

AVMazzega G18 www.avmazzega.com

AVMazzega is a very good source of Venetian glass. Their lead times are good, their prices are good and their collections are interesting. They are also capable of carrying out the basic commercial procedures that are necessary if products are to be supplied for commercial projects. For example, they are on Architonic, so they are also in our LIGHT FINDER, meaning that their lights will be show up when you are searching for something. At the Fair, they will be showing the results of their latest tussles to get LEDs and Venetian glass to work together.

Almerich M08 www.almerich.com

Almerich have two collections, Classic Lighting and Furniture and Contemporary Lighting. Most of our readers will be more interested in the latter, that contains unusual, interesting and useful designs.

Axo Light B01 B03 www.axolight.it

Axo Light will have a big stand – 260 sq m. This is good because there should be plenty to see – maybe items from their outsize Lightecture collection, plus recent versions of the hugely successful Spillray, and Karim Rashid’s Nafir – recent winner of the Chicago Athenaeum’s Good Design award. It comprises a series of pendants, reminiscent of the bells of brass instruments, that flow into one another.

Stop press: amongst the new items in their Lightecture collection will be two modular designs (i.e. components that you can assemble into a large pattern of your own devising): Shatter (ceiling lights shaped like large fragments) and Framework (hollow square pendants that throw light upwards).

Banci Firenze F08 www.banci.it

Another company with a Classic and a Contemporary collection, that exploits the famous Florentine metal-working skills. Both contain some good designs – the Classic tend to be more floral and the Contemporary collection includes some pieces which are very light and airy – as if a lampshade has been drawn in space – and others which, whilst still highly decorative, have strong, quite simple structures.

Barovier & Toso E19 www.barovier.com

Where Barovier& Toso go first, others follow, so theirs is an essential stand to visit. The oldest company on Murano, yet still at the top of their game – new typologies, new colours, beautifully produced, but not new for new’s sake – they tend also to be very well suited for practical use in a wide variety of projects.

Bover A01 A05 www.bover.es

Actually, another essential stand, because Bover continue to produce excellent designs that are particularly well suited to contract (but by no means exclusively for contract). They are delight to work with, efficient, and their prices are good. See their growing collection of outdoor decorative lighting.

Brand Van Egmond B06 www.brandvanegmond.com

A chance to see their latest “lighting sculptures” – a good name for their very decorative, flamboyant designs. From previous years, we know that they can surprise us, though: you think you know the sort of thing they do, but then they bowl a googly.

Cristalleries de Saint-Louis D07 www.saint-louis.com

One of the most venerable of France’s luxury brands, that, besides continuing with its “standard” collection, is bringing out some striking new designs. We hope that they will be showing the Vibration series by Èric Gizard.

 Fabbian G01 H02 www.fabbian.com

Fabbian’s range is very broad, from technical lights, to decorative lights made from interesting materials (e.g. corrugated cardboard. Or cut crystal). Theirs is therefore one of those collections that one should keep up to date with, because you think you know what they do, but they always do more – the unexpected. You can preview their new collections, that include new items by Matali Crasset and Mathieu Lehanneur amongst others,  by downloading a catalogue from their web site.

Kundalini C16 www.kundalini.it

A flamboyant collection made from various plastics, that also includes some simpler designs. Dew, designed for them by Emmanuel Babled, has been out for a while now, but we hope, nevertheless, that it is on show, because it is one of the best of the pendants that are made from a crystal ball and that contain a light source.

Penta B15 www.pentalight.it

Penta will be adding to their fine catalogue new collections by Umberto Asnago, Carlo Colombo and Daniel Debiasi with Federico Sandri. They are also celebrating their thirtieth birthday!

Quasar B10 www.quasar.nl

Another essential stand, partly for the variety of what the do and partly because their collection includes some really unusual items that you really do need to see. Pictures do not do them justice. We will be sending out new Quasar catalogues after the Fair. Remember also that, since they make everything themselves, they are up for making special, site-specific versions for you.

Stop press: Quasar will be showing new designs by Jos Muller, Thalen & Thalen and Jan Pauwels, plus the new Sparks modular system by Daniel Becker about which we posted last month -- see here. Also, they will have LEDs with a CRI of 95+!

Santa & Cole B05 www.santacole.com

There must be something special in the air in Barcelona that so many good lighting companies are based there! Santa & Cole is no exception, with some classic designs (Tripode, Estadio), some unusual designs – and more lights with lampshades than is usual in many of the collections we work with.

Siru H22 www.siru.com

This company, based on the Lido, has a very interesting specialization. They do the Venetian lanterns that are made by blowing glass into a wire cage. Besides many interior uses, they also provide a way of having Venetian glass lights out-of doors. Since you usually can’t see the lamp, they also provide lanterns which will still look good after the politicians have banned incandescent lamps!

Sylcom E05 F02 www.sylcomsrl.com

Sylcom is one of thebiggest Venetian glass companies (NB that does not make them very big...!), with a collection that includes both traditional and contemporary designs. They will be producing a new catalogue in time for the fair that includes some intriguing – and potentially useful – new contemporary items.

Terzani B02 B04 www.terzani.com

Terzani’s is another collection that needs to be seen because, besides their conventional pieces in conventional sizes, the birth of Atlantis has been followed by a succession of larger pieces that can have a big impact. You need to see them for yourself and take the opportunity to discuss them with the experts on the stand.

Vibia C07 D10 www.vibia.com

Vibia (also from Barcelona) has a large collection of interesting lights, made out of a wide range of materials. They are not afraid to take risky paths and follow them to where they logically end.

One result is that they have the widest selection of pieces which are, in effect, modules that can be used in quantities to create large installations across walls, across ceilings and as “pendants”. This means that you can create something amazing that is also site-specific. But the complexity of what is possible would be daunting.

So they have created CREA, their own CAD software for you to use. Not only does it allow you to design your own installation, but it does many things besides, including producing sophisticated 3D images for you to show to your client. They are therefore making available to you –  for free! – a very powerful tool indeed (you can use it for all sorts of other things). Do ask them about it – it could save you a lot of time! And it’s really easy to use!! And, did I say that it is free!!!.

Voltolina G03 www.voltolina.com

A very interesting company with wide capabilities, that include crystal chandeliers (using their own crystal) and Venetian glass lighting. They can therefore meet a wide variety of price points. Their most exciting development has been the setting up a new furnace on Murano, and getting one of the leading, most respected maestri (gaffers), Paolo Crepax, to head it up. So look out for items branded “Murano Lab”.

 

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Maison et Objet: Vibration from Saint-Louis

  Saint-Louis Vibration horizontal table light

The Cristalleries de Saint-Louis is not just one of the world's finest crystal companies, since being granted their letters patent by Louis XV in 1767, they have been one of the most illustrious French enterprises of any kind.

Primarily known for their distinctive ranges of chandeliers along traditional lines, we were not prepared for the dramatic contemporary piece at the entrance to their stand at Maison et Objet, shown in this little picture:

Saint-Louis Vibration chandelier

This is the the latest addition to the Vibration range that is being designed for them by Éric Gizard.

As we have to keep pointing out, the power of light plus crystal can never be captured in a still photo, especially when the real thing benefits from cutting of this quality. But, without the glorious distraction of sparks of refracted colour, at least you can see the details of the crystal clearly!

Look again at the image at the top of this post -- the Horizontal Table Light in the Vibration collection. Èric Gizard has taken Saint-Louis' emblematic diamond cut and added movement (vibration -- geddit?!), by introducing hand-cut curves. Here is the Vertical version of the table light:

Saint-Louis Vibration Vertical Table Light

You can see how the outer diamonds are regular: they become progressively distorted towards the centre, which is where the light source is concentrated. Maybe the picture below of the lights in a showroom gives a better impression of their impact:

Saint-Louis Eric Gizard Vibration table lights

It happens to demonstrate another characteristic of an object composed of lit glass or crystal: it appears bigger than it would if it were made of anything else. Thus, if you look at the picture above, you see the wonderful sparkle from the lit crystal, whereas, if you look again at the picture of the Horizontal, in which the lamp is not on, you are more aware of the elegant metal base and handle.

There is also an applique in this stunning collection.

Saint-Louis Vibration wall light

The chandelier (of which I hope to get a better picture!) costs €25,000 and the Vertical table light €4,100.

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Maison et Objet, Paris January 2013: a handy guide

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MAISON ET OBJET, January 2013
A handy guide to good lighting stands, courtesy of Cameron Peters Fine Lighting
This guide is handier as a PDF (click on M&O 01 13 handy guide), with the info split so that each hall starts on a separate page. This means that you only have to have out the pages for the hall that you are in. There are also PDF indices, by hall (M&O 01 13 handy guide summary by hall) and alphabetically (M&O 01 13 handy guide alphabetical summary).
PARIS DECO... OFF www.paris-deco-off.com
There are formal activities in Paris itself from the 17th to the 22nd January (so almost the same dates as Maison & Objet at Villepinte). Seventy showrooms are open for the event and there is a shuttle bus 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.
The only lighting company showing is Porta Romana: otherwise, the emphasis is on fabrics. However, not formally part of PARIS DECO... OFF, but exhibiting in their own showrooms, as well as at Maison et Objet, is....
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. This year they are celebrating the tenth year of this initiative. 
Their showrooms are open from 18th January to 22nd  January (i.e. the same dates as Maison & Objet), from eleven o’clock until seven o’clock. Who wouldn’t want an excuse to visit this corner of Paris for a few hours! But if you don’t have time, don’t worry – they are also showing at Maison et Objet, hall 7, stand C121.
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)
– the best retail lighting shop 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 (you can visit Pouenat at the same time!)
– see what Hervé van der Straeten is up to, at 11 rue Ferdinand Duval 75004
– visit the truly amazing shop cum museum (chandeliers under water, huge talking vases...) that Philippe Starck created for Baccarat at 11, place des Etats-Unis
– visit the Paris gallery of the Carpenters Workshop Gallery  (www.carpentersworkshopgallery.com) 54, rue de la Verrerie, 75004. In 2012, they showed some of the most exciting lighting – see the posts in Fine Lighting News. On the 19th January, their new show will be opening of Atelier Van Lieshout’s recent and early collaborations with the gallery. We don’t think that it includes any lights! But go anyway.
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HALL 4
CRAFT
If you’ve got the time, do not just whizz past the Craft section in Hall 4 (on the side by Hall 5A). We have been enchanted in previous years by the creations of Atelier Volubile (stand B5), for example. 
Also in this section is:
Benoît Vieubled B13 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 
In the main area of Hall 4:
Gianni Seguso F66 www.seguso.it
It is essential that you visit this stand!!! 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. See also their excellent new web site that went live on Wednesday.
Siru H92/I91 www.siru.com
This company, based on the Lido, has a very interesting specialization. They do the Venetian lanterns that are made by blowing glass into a wire cage. Besides many interior uses, they also provide a way of having Venetian glass lights out-of doors. Since you usually can’t see the lamp, they also provide lanterns which will still look good after the politicians have banned incandescent lamps!
And, not lights at all, but wonderful:
Kiade F29 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 sourcing 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 5B
Casadisagne G9 www.casadisagne.com
We know that most specifiers and buyers prefer to use Chinese-made lights in hotels. There are all sorts of reasons why this is surprising. Casadisagne is one of many good European producers (the factory is in Provence) that compete on price but which can also offer all the advantages of European quality, plus local, smaller run, shorter lead-time, more flexible production, by staff who are properly paid and looked after.
Filomèle P44 www.filomele.com
We have never worked with Filomèle, but we love the light, delicate, wispy sculptural pieces that they make. 
Mathieu Challières O44 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).
Thierry Vidé Design P43 www.thierry-vide.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.
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HALL 7
You will primarily know 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 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, for example.
The good news is that Baccarat now have a section of their web site dedicated to their lighting! If you have never been, do visit if you can their museum and showroom on the Place des Etats-Unis,  created for them by Philippe Starck; one of the most extraordinary interiors anywhere, it is certainly vaut le detour! However, they also exhibit at the January Maison & Objet where additions to their chandelier families can be seen, as well as smaller items like table lights.
CTO are well-known to UK-based specifiers, of course. But that is specifically why the chance should be taken to update oneself with what they are doing. For example, interior designers in London like lampshades, so they do a lot of these. But they are regularly introducing new designs. After recent 60s- and 70s-influenced designs, this year some are loosely based on early 20th century designs – Orb and Mezzo, for example – and there is the light-as-air pendant, Bell.
Day Glow D138 www.dayglow.fr
A very good source for lampshades, either bespoke, or on the simple bases that you will see here. Like (most of) our suppliers, a nice person – we think it morally responsible to give our business to nice, sensible, fair people, plus, if there are problems, they will easier to deal with!
Fortuny/Venetia Studium C129/D130 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. 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. 
It is always interesting when such an illustrious, long-established brand enters the Wonderful World of Lighting. Expect to see quite simple designs with porcelain shades. Sometimes the metal seems more prominent than the porcelain. They seem to be underplaying their hand a bit, but let’s see what is on the stand.
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 D78 www.matejewski.com
Hervé’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 are 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.
MEE srl Murano 041 C160 www.meemurano.com/en
Mee Murano 041 is the real deal: people of Murano, who have come together on Murano, to create a firm responsible for some of the most extreme experiments in Venetian glass. Their designers include Aristide Najean ( www.aristidenajean.ch ) who has been working with glass on Murano since 1986 and who has created inter alia for MEE the amazing Niagara – a frozen waterfall in glass.  Not to mention the writhing, snake-like Rovere Bosco – explosions of black glass with gold and red.
Melograno Blu D111/E112 www.melogranoblu.com
The Cameron Peters team have loved the work of Massimo and Ermanno since the day we opened. The fabulous Opera range has now been joined by the Hydra range. Whereas the former have lamps inside them, the latter are lit from above. This allows a delicious effect of water running down a coloured thread (plus their use in damp areas). Their stands are always amazing!
Objet Insolite E27 www.objetinsolite.com
Dark bronze structures 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. See the unique decorative outdoor lights.
Ochre C105/D106 www.ochre.net
Like CTO, well known to UK-based specifiers yet still worth a close look, partly to catch up with their new items, but also to appreciate the range of materials, sympathetically used.  
Pouenat C121 www.pouenat.fr
Pouenat have this stand as well as the their showroom in Saint-Germain-des Prés. See my comments about them at the head of this handy guide.
Saint-Louis F33/G34 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, and also to discuss custom pieces.
Tekna (Nautic, Flat and the Caret lamp) B143 www.tekna.be 
Yes, there are three things to see that come under the Tekna umbrella. 
Nautic (which celebrates its 20th anniversary this 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 they 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 may be the most important object in all of Maison et Objet. 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?
Terzani E121 www.terzani.com
Terzani are riding the wave that is the trend for chandeliers made from chain. Make sure that you check up on their progress in this area, but this is not all that they do. Let’s hope that they are showing the fabulous gold version of the Mizu glass pendant!
A fine collection, very well-known. But, as we’ve pointed out elsewhere, it is when you think you know a collection that you should take the opportunity to see it. There may be recent introductions of which you are unaware.
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HALL 8
& Tradition B1/C2 www.andtradition.com
&Tradition supplies classic Scandinavian designs by people like 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.
Anglepoise C47 www.anglepoise.com
Anglepoise is currently celebrating the 75th anniversary of the original 1227. We are so pleased that they have been able to bring this design back – the “anglepoise” – with its art deco base. See also the variation on this design – the Duo Table Lamp. There are also a Duo floor light and a Duo applique.
Anthologie Quartett D93 www.anthologiequartett.de
Nobody is more committed to design than Rainer and Michael! From a beautiful moated castle in Germany, they bravely put into production the most exciting, sometimes extreme, most diverse range of products. Visit the stand to see the collection, because it is very difficult to convey the variety and quality just using catalogues. Their lighting (only a part of their total collection) ranges from the umbrellas of the Flying Robert to one of the best-known, and most copied, chandelier designs in history: Cellula.
Artek C34 www.artek.fi
This famous Finnish interiors company is of particular importance to lighting fans because of the classic  Alvar Aalto designs in their collection. But they also have lights by Tapio Wirkkala and Jørn Utzon, amongst others.
Blackbody A39/B40 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. 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.
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.
Brokis A99/B100 www.brokis.cz
We have not yet worked with the Czech company Brokis but we, like others, have been impressed over the last couple of years by the internet coverage of some strong designs – particularly the ubiquitous Muffin, designed for them by Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova. They will be showing new designs by this pair at the fair. Being Czech, it is not surprising that their main material is glass (what better to make lights out of, after all?!) which they frequently team with untreated wood.
Céline Wright C43 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. This year she is showing her new Arabesque collection, that look a bit like the outline of a whirling Dervish!
Concrete by LCDA D78 www.beton-lcda.com/en
Concrete by LCDA have just one light in their new collection – a really good one by Matali Crasset that recalls the vast “sound mirrors” that were put up around the eat coast of England to amplify the sound of approaching war planes. It has been all over the internet so we were delighted to find them at the Kortrijk fair, allowing us to see it for ourselves – and to meet the team. The firm was set up recently by three young guys who want to create finely crafted pieces using concrete.
Delightfull E99 www.delightfull.eu
Delightfull, linked to the Portuguese furniture company Boca Do Lobo, has been popping up at shows in London and elsewhere. It is always a pleasure to find them, because the collection is of intelligent, well-made, fun 1950s-influenced designs. There is a panache, an enthusiasm about them  which is infectious. The theme is jazz, which extends to the soundtrack on their blog – the best in the business. Oh, and look out for their new Graphic Lamp collection!
Dix Heures Dix D11/E12 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.
Forestier A1/B2 www.forestier.fr
A very varied collection of strong designs from this French maker by designers of the calibre of Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Ionna Vautrin and Neil Poulton. Amongst the introductions at this fair will be the attractive Antenna table light and pendant by Arik Levy.
Goodbye Edison B89 www.goodbyeedison.com
A new collection of high quality LED lights, launched at M&O a couple of years ago. Their 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 (though the effective angle of vision is probably as restricted as it is for 3D TV!). The rest of the collection continues in this language of minimal forms holding (and made possible by) LEDs. At this fair, they will be showing their new GBYE light.
Gubi D115/E116 www.gubi.dk
Aah, Gubi, wonderful Gubi, who have become one of the most important players in the current trend (long may it continue!) of re-editing great designs from the 20th Century. If you missed them at designjunction during London Design Week, this is your chance to see the return of the brass finish for the Bestlites, teamed with new shade colours – redolent of the coast (IMHO!) .
Innermost B7 www.innermost.net
A collection that needs little introduction, comprising work by various designers, using innovative materials in interesting ways – there is no such thing as a “typical” Innermost product! They will be launching Glaze, by Corinna Warm. It appears to fuse metal (a warm copper) and (an ivory) ceramic together seamlessly. We can’t wait – there are still too few copper lights! 
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, and which they will be showing here on a beautiful panelled stand. The workmanship is of the highest standard – an essential stand to see! 
Lampes Gras A7/B8 www.lampegras.fr
DCW Enterprises have been responsible for arguably the most important re-edition of a classic task light, the French La Lampe Gras from the 1920s. Seduced by its modernity and its practicality, it was used by legendary characters who were amongst those most responsible for the aesthetic of the 20th century – Le Corbusier, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Eileen Gray, George Braque... 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.  
Lasvit A99/B100, F27/G28 www.lasvit.com
One 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. On the other hand, sometimes they don’t make a splash at all, having maybe one light on a Czech stand. The organizers are listing them at two separate stand addresses, so maybe they will be doing both at this fair! Note that they have a catalogue of standard items, like the neat little Glitters family. And “Lighting Sculptures” like Olgoj Chorchoj’s Lipka Tree and Growing Vases by the Japanese designer, Nendo.
Le Deun Luminaires D20 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.
Moustache B23 www.moustache.fr
Not essential, really, because there are very few lights in their collections, but they do jolly things, starting with their home page. The interest for lighting fans is the Vapeur family, designed for them by Inga Sempé – generous, informal, chef’s hat shapes. They will be launching their new collection from her and Ionna Vautrin (who, besides designing for Forestier – see above – has done some major pieces for Foscarini) amongst others.
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 of E27 lamp into....
Neweba Cbis122 www.neweba.ch
Neweba are the European distributors for Ango with whom they usually share a stand. This time the focus is solely on Neweba’s eclectic collection of distinctive lights. We should see the new Seventies pendants  by Peter Kos.
PCM Design C7 www.pcmdesign.es
We had not heard of PCM until we were going through the list of exhibitors showing lights at this fair. We have included them because of their mission. Founded in Spain in 2011 by the architect Paloma Cañizares, they 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. So what’s not to like? Well, possibly the designs themselves. But from what is shown on their web site – e.g. the Terracota pendant and table light by Tomas Kral – there should be no problem on this score!
Secto A15/B16 www.sectodesign.fi
A wonderful collection of lights that work in so many different environments. With any luck, we will see the new Aspiro pendant. Using his signature pressed birch, he has created free-falling spirals. It is due to be launched at the Stockholm Light Fair next month, but it was shown at Helsinki’s Habitare fair last September, so maybe, just maybe.... 
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Maison & Objet, Paris January 2012: a handy guide

M&O logo MAISON ET OBJET, January 2012: A handy guide to good lighting stands, courtesy of Cameron Peters Fine Lighting

This guide is handier as a PDF (click on M&O 01 12 handy guide), with the info split so that each hall starts on a separate page. This means that you only have to have out the pages for the hall that you are in. There are also PDF indices, by hall/row (M&O 01 12 summary by hall and row) and alphabetically (M&O 01 12 alphabetical summary).

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

There are formal activities in Paris itself from the 19th to the 23rd January (so almost the same dates as Maison & Objet at Villepinte). Seventy showrooms are open for the event, from ten o’clock in the morning till eight o’clock in the evening, and there is a shuttle bus 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. None are of specific interest to lighting fans. However, not formally part of PARIS DECO... OFF, but exhibiting in their own showrooms, rather than at Villepinte, is....

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. There is a new collection by Jean-Louis Deniot ( www.deniot.com ) and recent introductions from Piero Manara ( www.casamanara.com ). The showrooms are open from 20th January to 24th January (i.e. the same dates as Maison & Objet), from noon till eight o’clock. Who wouldn’t want an excuse to visit this corner of Paris for a few hours!

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 )

–          the best retail lighting shop 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 (you can visit Pouenat at the same time!)

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

–          visit the truly amazing shop cum museum (chandeliers under water, huge talking vases...) that Philippe Starck created for Baccarat at 11, place des Etats-Unis.

HALL 1

This hall can be dangerous. Not only can quality (of product and service) be low, but electrical items do not necessarily comply with international or north American regulations, so they are illegal and potentially dangerous. However, some do comply. A stand that we have liked previously (we have not worked with them yet) is:

Ay Illuminate B16/C15 www.ayilluminate.com

This is an eco company based in the Netherlands, but with production in Asia, Ethiopia and Swaziland. The principal material is bamboo, but rattan, sisal and various woods are also used. Designs are well-proportioned and well-made. Some consciously draw on the ethnic environment from which they come – e.g. fishing nets. Others are just good contemporary abstract designs.

HALL 4 CRAFT

If you’ve got the time, do not just whizz past the Craft section in Hall 4 (on the side by Hall 5A). Two stands to note, neither of which make lights: –          we were enchanted at the last fair by the creations of Atelier Volubile (stand E1) and –          we never miss the opportunity to visit the stand of Didier Legros www.didierlegros.com – (D61)! You’ll see why (though maybe it’s a Man Thing...).

Also in this section is:

Benoît Vieubled C1 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

HALL 5B

Ango C13/D14 www.angoworld.com

Never miss the opportunity to see examples of Ango’s production! Pictures cannot do justice to the magical effect of light passing through silk cocoons, rattan, intricate matrices of hand-soldered wire coated in nickel or gold.... Luxurious, yet also sustainable. The designs can be as radical as the materials, but there are also now small table lights that can be used anywhere. The excitement at this fair is to see the first lights made out of a material that Angus has been working on for years – sea weed....

Bover B41www.bover.es

We are so pleased that Bover are exhibiting in Paris! We only started working with them during 2011 but they have turned out to be an utter delight – a very good, very useful collection (e.g. the bedside lights), high standards of production,  charming helpful people, good packaging, punctual delivery. Good prices! So, for trouble-free specifying of attractive lights, start with Bover. Why can’t all manufacturers be like this....

Casadisagne I28 www.casadisagne.com

We know from statistics that most specifiers and buyers prefer to use Chinese-made lights in hotels. There are all sorts of reasons why this is surprising. Casadisagne is one of many good European producers (the factory is in Provence) that compete on price but which can also offer all the advantages of European quality, plus local, smaller run, shorter lead-time, more flexible production, by staff who are properly paid and looked after.

Mathieu Challières J38 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).

Thierry Vidé Design I39 www.thierry-vide.com/en

Another case where it is essential to see what they do for real (not just in pictures)  and what happens when you move 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 exterior use. No-one lese can design such large site-specific pieces that do not block out light, and which seem so weightless as to float.

HALL 7

Art et Floritude B21 www.artetfloritude.fr

You will primarily know 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 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, for example.

Chelini H140 www.chelini-spa.it

A Florence-based company working in wood, Chelini create not just lights but the mirrors, furniture, tables, beds &c. that allow you to create magnificent Italian interiors. There is also a contemporary, seaside villa-orientated collection designed by Michele Bönan, to which some or all of their stand may be dedicated( www.michelebonan.it ).

CTO C96 www.ctolighting.co.uk

CTO are well-known to UK-based specifiers, of course. But that is specifically why the chance should be taken to update oneself with what they are doing. For example, interior designers in London like lampshades so they do a lot of these. But they are also introducing ranges of 1960s-influenced designs (like the Array collection) and also, with Big Bulb, authentic designs from the 1960s and the 1970s – with no lampshades!

Day Glow D91 www.dayglow.fr

A very good source for lampshades, either bespoke, or on the simple bases that you will see here. Like (most of) our suppliers, a nice person – we think it morally responsible to give our business to nice, sensible, fair people, plus, if there are problems, they will easier to deal with.

Fortuny/Venetia Studium D129 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. 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 D71 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. And he now has a web site!

Mat & Jewski D78 www.matejewski.com

Hervé’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.

MEE srl Murano 041 B13 www.meemurano.com/en

Mee Murano 041 is the real deal: people of Murano, who have come together on Murano, to create a firm responsible for some of the most extreme experiments in Venetian glass. Their designers include Aristide Najean ( www.aristidenajean.ch ) who has been working with glass on Murano since 1986 and who has created inter alia for MEE the amazing Niagara – a frozen waterfall in glass.  Not to mention the writhing, snake-like Rovere Bosco – explosions of black glass with gold and red.

Melograno Blu D111/E112 www.melogranoblu.com

The Cameron Peters team have loved the work of Massimo and Ermanno since the day we opened. The fabulous Opera range has now been joined by the Hydra range. Whereas the former have lamps inside them, the latter are lit from above. This allows a delicious effect of water running down a coloured thread (plus their use in damp areas). Their stands are always amazing!

Objet Insolite E33/F34 www.objetinsolite.com

Dark bronze structures 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. See the unique decorative outdoor lights.

Ochre C45 www.ochre.net

Like CTO, well known to UK-based specifiers yet still worth a close look, partly to catch up with their new items, but also to appreciate the range of materials, sympathetically used.

Saint-Louis F107 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, and also to discuss custom pieces.

Tekna H139 http://www.tekna.be/eng

Under the Tekna umbrella are two brands -- both totally different from each other and both the best in their own field. Flat comprises the best recessed spot lights. The lamp is higher than the level of the ceiling. The non-reflective baffles provides a better spread of light, while ensuring that there is no glare. There are rimless versions for the most visually minimal installation. One downlighter looks very much like another in a picture, of course. You must therefore take the opportunity afforded by this stand to experience how much the Flats improve on the performance of standard downlighters. Nautic is a series of retro designs, some with a nautical flavour (hence the name). But they are also totally up-to-date with their technology (e.g. the use of LEDs) and thought is always given to preventing glare. An essential collection.

Villiers Brothers E45 www.villiersbrothers.co.uk

An English company determined to “...create beautiful and strikingly different pieces of furniture to the highest quality.” And, from their images, they do. We are looking forward to this opportunity to meet them and to look closely at their work. They have a good, small contemporary classical lighting range within their total collection, that stresses fine metal working.

HALL 8

& Tradition A49/B50 www.andtradition.com

&Tradition (née Unique Interieur) supplies classic Scandinavian designs by people like 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.

Anglepoise B19 www.anglepoise.com

This is one company that needs no introduction to a British audience! However, it is important to keep up-to-date with the full choice from makers whose collections we think we know well. For example, would we remember that there is a cute little wall version, in colours, of 1228? Or mini versions of the Type 75, also in jolly colours (great for children’s rooms)?

Anthologie Quartett A25/B26 www.anthologiequartett.de

Nobody is more committed to design than Rainer and Michael! From a beautiful moated castle in Germany, they bravely put into production the most exciting, sometimes extreme, most diverse range of products. Visit the stand to see the collection, because it is very difficult to convey the variety and quality just using catalogues. Their lighting (only a part of their total collection) ranges from the umbrellas of the Flying Robert to one of the best-known, and most copied chandelier designs in history: Cellula.

Baccarat C63/D64 www.baccarat.com/en/home-decoration/luminaire-mobilier/flambeaux/photophore-jallum/product/candle-light-4l-diamond-cut.htm

If you have never been, do visit if you can their museum and showroom on the Place des Etats-Unis,  created for them by Philippe Starck; one of the most extraordinary interiors anywhere, it is certainly vaut le detour! However, they also exhibit at the January Maison & Objet where additions to their chandelier families can be seen, as well as smaller items like as table lights.

Bloom! C89 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.

Brokis A113/B114 www.brokis.cz

We have not yet worked with the Czech company Brokis but we, like others, have been impressed during 2011 by the internet coverage of some strong designs – particularly the ubiquitous Muffin, designed for them by Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova. Certainly one to watch – it is great that they are coming to Maison & Objet, and so making it easy for us to do so!

Céline Wright C26 www.celinewright.com

The charming Céline Wright is French – her English name comes from her English father. No-one makes lighter pieces then she: 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. The detailing is really good as well: when a shape is built up from many small pieces of paper, each piece is positioned carefully. This matters, because their arrangement is part of the effect -- as light shines though them, the pattern is revealed.

DCW Enterprises C70 www.lampegras.fr

DCW Enterprises have been responsible for arguably the most important re-edition of a classic task light, the French La Lampe Gras from the 1920s. Seduced by its modernity and its practicality, it was used by legendary characters who were amongst those most responsible for the aesthetic of the 20th century – Le Corbusier, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Eileen Gray, George Braque... 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!

Delightfull E97/F98 www.delightfull.eu

Delightfull, linked to the (very different) Portuguese furniture company Boca Do Lobo (www.bocadolobo.com), has been popping up at shows in London and elsewhere. It is always a pleasure to find them, because the collection is of intelligent, well-made, fun 1950s-influenced designs. There is a panache, an enthusiasm about them  which is infectious.

Dix Heures Dix D10 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. For this show, they are promising new materials, new designs, new lighting concepts....

Ex Novo C103 www.freedomofcreation.com

Exnovo are the Italian distributors of Freedom of Creation (FOC), so on this stand you’ll find FOC’s products. For the quality of design, as much as through their pushing ever further the bounds of what is possible using 3D printing technologies, it is always worth seeing what they are up to. Maybe, as in Milan last year, there will be a working 3D printing machine to marvel at!

Goodbye Edison D102 www.goodbyeedison.com

A new collection of high quality LED lights, launched at M&O twelve months ago. Their 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 (though the effective angle of vision is probably as restricted as it is for 3D TV!). The rest of the collection continues in this language of minimal forms holding (and made possible by) LEDs.

Innermost C83 www.innermost.net

A collection that needs little introduction, that justifies one’s keeping up-to-date with what they do, especially as they work with various designers, using innovative materials in interesting ways – there is no such thing as a “typical” Innermost product! This will be the first chance to see their Small Fillet, half the size of the Ø80cm Fillet.

Kalmar D97 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, and which they will be showing here on a beautiful panelled stand. The workmanship is of the highest standard – an essential stand to see!

Lahumiere Design C32 www.lahumieredesign.fr

A small (but growing) collection of clever, interesting contemporary lights, usually made from metal sheet, sometimes with a 1960s feel. See also the very minimal, sculptural Albedo.

Lasvit A113/B114 www.lasvit.com

One 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. They also have a catalogue of standard items like the neat little Glitters family. And “Lighting Sculptures” like Olgoj Chorchoj’s Lipka Tree and Growing Vases by the Japanese designer, Nendo.

Le Deun Luminaires D20 www.ledeun.com

We have been fans of Jean-Luc’s work since we opened. He 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, very well made.

Lumen Center Italia D82 www.lumencenteritalia.com

Lumen Center Italia is a long-established company with a fine collection that includes classics like the sculptural Quadro (updated last year) and strong interpretations of standard shapes, such as  Iceglobe – yes, another translucent globe, but theirs is made of a more interesting material than most. They have rather faded from view recently, not helped by their not being on Architonic, of course, so it is great to see them exhibiting at Maison & Objet, a show that few contemporary Italian lighting companies support.

Miranda Watkins Design B89/C90 www.mirandawatkins.com

Miranda Watkins’ Random lights comprise leaves of various translucent materials hanging independently around a bulb. This is the starting point, though: she will do bespoke lighting installations, adapting the scale, finish and materials to the space.

Moustache B37 www.moustache.fr

Not essential for lighting fans, really, but they do jolly things, starting with their home page. The interest for us is the Vapeur family, designed for them by Inga Sempé (yes, the daughter of the brilliant cartoonist!) – generous, informal, playful chef’s hat shapes.

Muuto B63/C64 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 a carbon filament lamp (Cosy Ingrey Lamp).

Slamp E111/F112 www.slamp.it

There are two ways to look at Slamp. Cheap plastic lights? Or very good value lights, made out of materials like Opalflex® and Cristalflex®, that have been developed specifically for use in lighting? The designs are good too, coming from people like Bruno Rainaldi (who also designs for Terzani), Nigel Coates (now Slamp’s art director) and Alessandro Mendini.

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