Windfall at Euroluce

Windfall Eden chandeliers

Yes, this year, Windfall will be showing at Euroluce. The palazzo they have used previously during the Milan Furniture Fair was beautiful, but not very accessible. Shown above are some of the gorgeous, delicate Eden chandeliers photographed there last year.

They contrast with the more masculine Jewel series:

Windfall Jewel 1 chandelier
Windfall Jewel 3 chandelier

Lula continues the theme of multiple pendants lit from above or within, that started with the Balance:

Lula crystal pendants from Windfall

We may also see the new series that Lalique asked Windfall to create for them, drawing on the work of René Lalique:

Windfall crystal designs for Lalique

And, as a final incentive to visit their stand, you’ll see the coolest of the current crop of portable cordless lights for use inside or out, Jack – a luxurious crystal lantern!

Windfall Jack cordless crystal lantern

Here are the stand details:

Windfall Euroluce 2015 announcement
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Milan 2013: Fuori Salone

Euroluce name in colours This is the fifth of a series of posts to be published this week that will build up into our Handy Guide to Euroluce 2013. This one looks at what is happening in Milan itself at the same time. Other posts look at who is in halls nine, eleven, thirteen and fifteen -- the main |Euroluce event at the Rho fairground. The last post in the series will pull all the content together into one document, with updates and corrections. This will then form the basis for our customary PDFs -- alphabetical, and by hall -- for you to use at the Fair. 

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


The Milan Furniture Fair “fringe” is becoming as important as the Fairs themselves. Even if manufacturers are showing at the Fair, many also have a separate presence in Milan, where they may display more experimental things (one year, Foscarini did a display of their lights all in white, for example) and where they hold their parties.

Basically, they will intend their presence outwith the Fair to be more cool, and sometimes their products will be displayed in more relevant spaces. Baccarat chandeliers will probably look better in the Palazzo Morando, than on their stand in a big trade fair hall, for example.

You can end up walking quite a long way (and the forecast is for rain throughout the week this year) and then find an empty shop with many examples of one design artfully displayed – i.e. a total waste of time. In other cases, the Milan presence is in their own permanent showrooms, often allowing one to see more of the collection than was on the stand. Then there are companies who only show in Milan, rather than at the fair ground, so you won’t see what they are doing unless you track them down.

There is no way this summary can be complete – it relies on what we have been told. Always pick up the guide published by Interni magazine (there are others), of which there will be free copies at every destination, and at hotels, &c. There will also be banners outside participating locations.

I have grouped these entries by the main locations. There is a miscellaneous section at the end.


Atelier Areti EDIT, La Pelota, Via Palermo 10

Innermost EDIT

Kalmar EDIT

EDIT's web site:


Lee Broom Spazio Pontaccio, Via Pontaccio 18

Nendo Spazio Pontaccio

Roll & Hill Spazio Pontaccio

Spazio Pontaccio's web site:

Foscarini Via Pontaccio 19

Memphis Spazio Understate, Viale Francesco Crispi 5/b, corner of Via Varese

In spite of my pointing out for years that the products of the great period of Memphis – of Ettore Sottsass, Michele De Lucchi, Matteo Thun &c. – are still available, no client has ever expressed any interest whatsoever. Maybe that’s good thing – maybe their work still shocks and appals. Time, and exposure in books, museums, &c. has not made them desirable – even acceptable – to the mainstream. To see if you are mainstream, go and see the finest pieces from this collection. Cocktails at 19:00 on Friday.

Produzione Privata Via Varese 15

Exceptional pieces (by no means just lighting) from the exceptional architect/designer/artist, Michele De Lucchi. Creating his “private production” out of his studio enables him to work with fine craftspeople and materials. He only ever show on the ground floor of the studio, so this is an essential destination.

Corso Como 10 Corso Como 10

One hardly needs an excuse to visit this concept store, but there is a compelling one anyway this year – an Angelo Mangiarotti retrospective. (He designed the iconic – and much copied – Giogali system for Vistosi, made up a glass hooks.)


This metro station is selected as the hub out from which runs the luxury shopping streets of Via Monte Napoleone, Via Della Spiga, &c. plus the lighting shopping street of Corso Monforte.

Aqua Creations Boutique Mimí, Via Gesù 3

Artemide showroom, Corso Monforte 19

Baccarat Palazzo Morando, Via Sant’Andrea 6,en,sc.html

Barovier & Toso showroom, Via Durini 5, also: Russki Dom, Palazzo Visconti, Via Cino del Duca 8

EOQ Entratalibera, Corso Independenza 16 (go to the end of Corso Monforte. Corso Independenza splits: Entratalibera is on the south side)

A young company producing excellent designs by Michael Young, using very high quality production facilities that normally make delicate aluminium pieces – e.g. fascias for technical equipment. Simple, elegant, clean – and colourful (Oh no. I shouldn’t have said colourful.... You’ll not go now.)

Flos showroom, Corso Monforte 9

Ingo Maurer Spazio Krizia, Via Manin 21 (a bit of a walk, round the park, but essential – you’ll be surprised, delighted...)

Lindsey Adelman Nilufar, Via della Spiga 32 www.lindseyadelman.comThe web site of Nilufar, an important destination in its own right, is

Luceplan showroom, Corso Monforte 7

Venini showroom, Via Monte Napoleone 9

ZONA TORTONA to avoid that terrible bridge, go to Metro Sant’Agostino (M2), cross the big road, and walk down the south side of the little park.

David Trubridge Superstudiopiu’

We have been thrilled to see the increasing levels of awareness and appreciation of David’s work. There is a higher proportion of pieces available in kit form, which dramatically reduces the shipping costs (bearing in mind that he is based in New Zealand). They are as environmentally sound as they look. There is also a playfulness, and an elegance, the sense of the sea.... Plus the virtues of wood – no wonder he is so popular in Scandinavia. By the way, his works are now in our LIGHT FINDER.

Superstudiopiu' web site:

Lasvit Via Gaspare Bugatti 15

Moooi Via Savona 56

1700 sq m housing their “special welcome”...

Contemporary Japanese Design Via Volhera 4

VENTURA LAMBRATE go to Metro Lambrate (M2), then cross the railway tracks.

Catellani & Smith Casa della Luce, Via Ventura 5


Woka Vienna Design Week, Via Privata Oslavia 17

Lobmeyr Vienna Design Week

Vienna Design Week in Milan web page:



Davide Groppi Chiostri dell’Umanitaria, Via S. Barnaba -- Metro Crocetta (M3) or trams 12, 23 or 27 to Vittoria (Palazzo Giustizia)

This will be a fabulous display of wonderful, minimal lights in a series of cloisters - -magical at dusk!  Have a look at t the “ichiostri” web site ( to see what I mean – not just a café but cloisters with gardens: “a location full of atmosphere of mystery”. Not just a lighting collection, but also a corner of Milan worth discovering.

Davide Groppi Via Medici 13 -- Metro Crocetta (M3) or trams 2, 3 or 14 to Torino Carrobbio

...and here they will be displaying lighting that is particularly suited to restaurants.

Prandina Triennale -- Metro Cadorna (M1, M2)

One of the best Italian lighting companies, at one of the most important design destinations in the world. The Triennale (recently remodelled internally by Michele De Lucchi) always has lots of interesting things happening during this design week – plus the bookshop and a great café with a large outside area by the park.

The Triennale's web site:


Tom Dixon MOST, Museo natzionale della Scienza e dalle Tecnologia, via Olona 6B -- Metro Sant’Ambrogio (M2)

Sander Mulder MOST

Brokis MOST

Brokis is a particularly interesting new brand from the Czech Republic: very high quality glass working and very good, clever, witty designs. New introductions of theirs will also be shown at the Fair on the stand of Misuraemme (hall 7, stands G09 and H16).

Spazio Rossana Orlandi Via Matteo Bandello 14/16 -- Metro Sant’Ambrogio (M2) or Conciliazione (M1)

Another essentuial venue where this year, amongst other things, Baroncelli will be showing Innovo, combining LEDs and bits of old chandeliers.

Windfall Palazzo Durini, Via Santa Maria Valle 2 -- Metro Missori (M3)

The single most important destination. Windfall creates the finest works in contemporary crystal in the world. You want to go there with your head to see what is possible. You want to go there with your heart to experience the thrill of crystal and light (plus beautiful people).


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Spirito di Venezia chandelier from Fabbian

Fabbian is not the first brand to spring to mind when we think of Venetian glass chandeliers!

This shows the benefit of searching by interior or exterior light type on the Light Finder: lights won't be overlooked merely because one did not expect to find them in their catalogue.

Spirito di Venezia was designed for them by Gian Paolo Canova. It is  Ø77cm and its total height to the ceiling is  77cm. This may or may not be adjustable (we have not received the catalogue details yet), so do check before specifying.

It is an intelligent Venetian response to Windfall's Balance crystal chandeliers. It too is lit by spot lights from above, rather than by lamps in the chandelier itself, so there is no glare. As a result, neither electric cables, nor a metal frame, are required: the glass components can be suspended from very thin wires, so they seem to float. It is like the ghost of a Venetian chandelier. I wonder if that's how it got its name...?

There are two versions. White blown glass:

Fabbian spirito di venezia chandelier white detail

Fabbian spirito di venezia chandelier whiteand clear blown glass:

Fabbian spirito di venezia chandelier cristallo detail

Fabbian spirito di venezia chandelier


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

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

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

So what are Ingo Maurer putting on?

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

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

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

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

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

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Light Installations Down Stairwells


The stairwell can provide an excellent location for a major feature piece, even in a building that has low ceilings. Similar long arrangements can also work well in high atria, particularly when a glazed wall allows them also to be seen from outside. They can be one continuous piece or made up of multiples. The former are always lit from within. The latter can be made up of pendant lights, or (if not too long) lit from downlighters above. 1. Should a feature light piece running through a stairwell be a single piece, or made up of multiple pendants?

A single long piece can create the most stunning, opulent effect. It is usually the most expensive option -- and looks it!

Windfall stairwell WF1590-902

Credit: Windfall

Multiple pendants allow you to adapt the piece to the budget. The more pendants, the more it will cost.

Carlo Moretti Boblu Murano glass lighting installation in stairwell

Credit: Carlo Moretti

Lit from above there is less glare and thinner cables. But there will be less useable light cast onto the stairs and the longer the piece, the less light will hit those at the bottom.

Windfall staircase Balance chandelier

Credit: Windfall

2. Should it be lit from within, or from above?

If you just want the luminaire to be a beautiful illuminated sculpture, it can be lit by spotlights from above. This can be the most beautiful effect because there are no lamps in the luminaire itself, and so there are no sources of glare.

If, on the other hand, it is there also to provide essential ambient light, so that people can see their way up and down the stairs, lighting from within may be necessary, particularly if the there are several flights of stairs, making the feature light longer.

A large single piece is normally lit from within. Multiple pendants can either be lit from within or from above.

3. If I go for multiple pendants, how should they be arranged?

Though some makers have standard arrangements, others will expect you to decide the quantity, lengths of drop, and combinations of luminaire (colours, sizes, etc.) yourself, so that you can create something site-specific. The most expensive option is usually to have the pendants arranged equally all the way down but you often don't need to do this. Instead, work out where the pendants will be seen from on each floor, and create coherent designs along each of these site-lines. You can then have between the floors just a few pendants connecting each of these groups, or none at all.

The cable has to be rated to carry the weight of the pendant. If the pendant does not contain a lamp, and the luminaire is light, the finest, almost-invisible wire can sometimes be used. A thicker cable is required for a pendant with a light in it, because it needs to be able to carry the electric current.

4. How tall should it be?

The arrangement of pendants, or the single piece, does not need to start right up against the top plate; instead, they can often begin quite a lot lower (which is cheaper, because you will need fewer pendants). Only you can decide where it should start, by taking into account the various sight-lines.

5. How near the floor should it go?

If people are going to be walking underneath it, normally allow 230cm from the floor. Note, however, that these tend to be major feature pieces, designed to add a wow factor. You may want to create the wow when visitors enter the hall through the front door, so check what it looks like from there. If the bottom of the piece is too high up, it may lack impact - or be completely invisible.

If people are not going to be walking under it, again, think of the sight-lines and create a good composition, bearing in mind what else is in the space. You can bring it all the way down to the ground, of course, but do check first for the presence of cats, dogs and children that may want to pull on the piece if they can reach it.

6. How near the bannisters can it go?

Children and drunks may want to reach over and pull at the piece. If they are determined enough, design alone can't prevent this, but if the presence of either is likely on a frequent basis, keep the luminaire more towards the centre and so further out of reach.

Note that in older houses, the space between the bannisters is not always the same on each floor. You have to be guided by the smallest of the measurements in each direction (which may not be on the same floor).

7. Is there anything else that I should be aware of?

Yes! - anything hanging down through a stairwell will be seen from all angles, as people walk up and down

- pendants may move a little in draughts. If this is likely, ensure that they will not bang into the stairs or each other

- please also see Practical Considerations when Hanging Chandeliers.

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