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Come and join us at lightjunction! Be there, or be square!

lightjunction 18 22 September 2013

Cameron Peters Fine Lighting is in London this week, presenting our first fine lighting show, lightjunction, collocated with designjunction. We are there to help professional visitors get the maximum out of their visit.

lightjunction's aim is to be the most efficient, time-saving way to introduce specifiers to fine lights, to the people who design and make them and, above all, to raise brand-awareness.

We started by assembling a carefully curated, varied collection of lighting makers -- the best ever seen in one place in London. If you don't believe me, for the very first time, thanks to Architonic, you can see not only who is exhibiting at a show but also what they are exhibiting! This information is available now (to help you plan your visit), during the show, and for several months after it. So it is always there to remind you what you saw.

There is a designjunction app available from iTunes and the Android Play Store, plus there is the "Virtual Showroom" on the lightjunction web site.

To assist you further, Fine Lighting News has a series of brief illustrated posts that look at specific exhibitors and at trends. There is an index to them here.

We have arranged three short training sessions on key topics -- the lightjunction Professional Series in the seminar theatre. Half an hour each, back-to-back, you can attend all three in ninety minutes (10:30 to 12:00) and, so you don't have to miss them, they are being given every day (except Sunday). They are:

--     Vibia on a new kind of light being made by several companies -- modules that you can build up into large, site-specific installations. Such freedom can be daunting though, so they'll be demonstrating CREA  -- free software that makes it easy!

--    Architonic is arguably the most important free tool available to specifiers. Many people use it -- either on Architonic's own web site or (without realizing it) on resellers' web sites, such as our LIGHT FINDER. But it can save much more time than many users realize, so they'll demonstrate how. If you use the designjunction app or Virtual Showroom, you are using Architonic, because it is they who have kindly made this new service available to our show. Architonic are the Headline Sponsor of designjunction and lightjunction

--    Megaman are going to brief us on the current state of LEDs in decorative lighting. LEDs are changing so fast that they are probably going to have to give this presentation every year! I asked Megaman because, of all the major lamp makers, it is they who have formally committed themselves to creating decorative-lighting-friendly lamps.  I was therefore particularly delighted when they agreed to sponsor lightjunction.

The lightjunction Debate takes place in the seminar theatre at 12:30 on Saturday. It looks at a subject close to our heart -- emotion and lighting -- made more complicated/interesting by new lighting technologies and legislation:

lightjunction debate details

It is great that David Trubridge was able to come over here from New Zealand to take part. One of the genuine stars of the world of fine lighting, he is an artist who also makes lights -- a practical dreamer! (Don't miss his stand.)

You won't even have to waste time getting to lightjunction! We are really centrally located, by Tottenham Court Road tube station. And we're FREE!!! So do come and join us.

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lightjunction: trend #3 -- modules that you can build up into compositions

vibia origami composition outdoors

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

A completely new type of light is creating exciting possibilities!

Each design is a module that, when connected to others, forms a spectacular installation that can cover wide areas.

You decide where they go, so the result is site-specific.

The leading source is Vibia, who are offering modules for use on walls and ceilings, indoors and out.

This is such an important development in decorative lighting that we have asked Vibia to give a half-hour training sessions on it at lightjunction.

To understand what is happening, let's look at their Origami -- the light featured in the image above.

There are just two shapes...

Vibia Origami wall light shapes

...out of which you can make compositions on a wall and/or ceiling. They connect together electrically, so you only need one power supply. Origami can be used inside or out-of-doors.

That's it really, because the rest is up to you!

Here are some arrangements that others have done:

Vibia origami wall light composition

vibia origami wall light composition exterior

vibia origami wall light composition

And here is a a video that briefly shows how it is done:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Tbvj2MyqtI

The video introduces you to Vibia's Create Your Project (CREA), a free, easy-to-use software tool that becomes more exciting the more you get to know it. We'll cover it more fully in another post but, for now, understand that Vibia were responding to the fact that, whilst the possibilities of these compositions are huge, we are all likely to need a bit of help composing them!

We want to play about with different configurations, then, when we are happy with our design, our clients need to see what we have done, so that they can approve it.

Therefore, CREA produces a 3D simulation, which can show much more than just the Vibia composition. This is why it becomes such a useful tool. You can produce professional-quality 3D visualizations of your proposals without having to involve anybody else!

It also produces a installation manual specific to your composition.

If CREA helps if you are using Origami, it is essential if you want to make up something magical using Vibia's  Match!  This module could not be used if it were not for CREA.

It starts simply enough:

vibia match pendant light composition

but pretty quickly it grows into this:

vibia match pendant light composition

The way CREA works for Match is that you tell it what area you want lit. It then works out where the light bodies need to be, and presents you with a variety of suitable arrangements from which you choose. It is certainly worth it for results like these:

vibia match pendant light installation

vibia match pendant light installation

Here's another helpful little video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4zpZtOLHPsY

Match is just one of Vibia's pendant-type modules. Others are Ameba, Halo Circular, Halo Lineal and Rhythm. For the ceiling, there are Link XXL and Link. For the wall, besides Origami, there is Fold Build-in, Fold Surface, Link and Puck Wall Art. You can find them all here.

Now, you're probably saying to yourself, that's all very well and good. Clearly Vibia are committed to this exciting new concept. But does that make it a trend?

Well, it wouldn't if only Vibia were doing it, but they are not.

We see the first example as being Foscarini's Fields of 2007:

Foscarini wall light Fields_White

Then, much more recently, Axo Light's Shatter:

axolight-lightecture-shatter ceiling lights

Flos Wall Piercing:

Flos Wall PiercingQuasar's Sparks:

Quasar Sparks system in a hall

and Luceplan's Synapse:

Luceplan Synapse installation

What do you say now, eh? Convinced?!

Training session at lightjunction 2013

As we said at the top of this post, this is such an important development in decorative lighting, and CREA is such a powerful, yet easy-to-use, tool, that we have asked Vibia to give a half-hour training session at lightjunction each day (except Sunday). So, whichever day you come, you'll be able to attend it.

lightjunction 18 22 September 2013

 

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Seven fine outdoor standard lamps

Luceplan grande costanza open air floor light outdoor exterior Over the past few years, there has been a growing trend towards outdoor versions of indoor lights. This allows for the creation of outdoor rooms. You can also take a light and repeat it, first indoors and then outdoors. If you have a large plate glass window, the parade of lights can be seamless, powerfully connecting the exterior space with the interior space.

Here is an exterior version of Luceplan's iconic Costanza -- the Grande Costanza Open Air:

Luceplan Grance-air-01-21322-1The shade can be off-white, "rust" or light green. The structure can be white, aluminium or -- as in the top picture -- rust (a good finish for an outdoor light).

In most territories, there are no specific IP ratings required for outdoor lights. Instead, the manufacturer must make every aspect of the luminaire suitable for exterior use. This is not just a question of electrical safety: they also have to think about the effect of rain, sun, sand, salt and wind on the structure and materials.

This is what is going on inside the Grande Costanza shade...

Luceplan grande costanza open air detail

...the lamp and its holder are inside a sealed glass tube.

FontanaArte's Amax seems the odd one out in this company because it is so big. There are two versions: H205cm Ø82cm, or a humungous H240 Ø109cm (but then the indoor Amax is very big as well). Its size gives it a visual impact from a distance that smaller lights could never have.

FontanaArte amax terra outdoor floor light exterior standard lamp

To really get the effect of a standard lamp, it's fun to have a shade made from something that looks like a fabric that you might use in a drawing room.

Plis, one of Vibia's two outdoor standard lamps...

Vibia Plis 4035 outdoor standard lamp exterior floor light

...has a warm-toned polyethylene shade that is ribbed, as if it was made with ribbon.

Vibia Plis outdoor standard lamp detail

Whereas their Wind has an open weave shade that is in fact made from glass fibre filaments (in green, orange, white or black).

Vibia Wind 4055 outdoor standard lamp exterior floor light

The shade of Marset's lovely TXL is also made from fibre glass and plastic, to give a warm, fabric-like effect:

Marset TXL pitdopor standard lamp exterior floor lightLike several of these outdoor standard lamps, TXL is part of a family of outdoor versions of indoor lights. Here is the pendant (in the snow):

Marset TXL outdoor standard lamp exterior floor light

Bover's fine wicker (actually a polyethylene fibre) Fora...

Bover fora pie outdoor standard lamp exterior floor light

has a matching table light:

Bover fora mesa outdoor table light

However, all the lights so far have to be plugged in, but you are not going to have power sockets all around your garden, park or beach, as you do in the rooms of your house. Ideally, therefore, you would be able to pick up your standard lamp and plonk it down anywhere.

Those really nice people at Viteo thought this too and so came up with Zoe...

viteo zoe outdoor standard lamp exterior floor light cordless...which has solar panels on the top. About fifteen hours charging give five to six hours of light from the 7W 3000K LED light source. But what if you don't want a cordless version? That's OK: Viteo have introduced Zoe Basic, which you plug in -- just like all the others!

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Milan 2013's most exciting lighting trend: graphic!

Vibia Wireflow pendant light Arik Levy "Graphic" is probably not the best name for this trend: it'll be easier to understand what I mean from the pictures.

Above is Wireflow by Arik Levy for Vibia. Three were hanging over the desk on their stand. It is as if someone is drawing in the air. They look two dimensional, though an unexpected effect is to increase awareness of the space that they are in. They are big:

Vibia Wireflow pendant lights with Arik Levy

Earlier that day, we had been delighted by Davide Groppi's N-euro by Beppe Merlano. That is it going up the wall in the back of this picture taken on their stand:

N-EURO pendant light from Davide Groppi

You get the lighting body on one end of a lot of black cable, with a plug to go into a socket at the other end. The round wall attachments allow you to draw across the wall and ceiling, the pattern depending upon where you choose to put them.

N-EURO pendant light from Davide Groppi

But it is not one swalowe that bryngeth in somer. Any more than two lights make a trend. But a third...? This was Michael Anastassiades for Flos -- String Light:

String Light Michael Anastassiades Flos

We are indebted to Domus for this explanation:

String Light Michael Anastassiades Flos

It looked absolutely fabulous:

string light flos michael anastassiades

But, of course, the concept had already been established before Milan 2013 by the visionary Catellani & Smith. The most minimal of all is his Light Stick:

Catellani & Smith Light Stick floor light

and here is his Sorry Giotto:

catellani & smith sorry giotto floor light

He adds another -- almost secret -- level of interest, because the discs are not black, as you'd expect, but copper hand painted with blue.

Such minimal graphic designs in lesser hands could be/will be boring and become a cliché. But here we have four truly stunning pieces.

 

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Euroluce 2013: Hall 9

  Euroluce name in colours

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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