lightjunction product launch #2: Charles Rennie Macintosh floor light from Woka

Carles Rennie Macintosh design for a street light for Glasgowlightjunction, 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

Woka will be introducing a floor light based on a design by Charles Rennie Macintosh for a street light for Glasgow.

A drawing is not nearly as exciting as a picture of the real thing.

STOP PRESS!!! The first picture of the Charles Rennie Macintosh floor light, taken in the workshop:

Woka Charles Rennie Macintosh floor light

Maybe you read the first sentence too quickly. Let me repeat,  Woka will be introducing a floor light based on a design by Charles Rennie Macintosh for a street light for Glasgow! This is FANTASTIC news!!

As I wrote to Wolfgang when he sent me this drawing, when we founded Cameron Peters Fine Lighting, our intention had been to create a collection of our own. Top of the list was re-editions of Charles Rennie Macintosh designs. I couldn't find anyone to share my enthusiasm (and they'd have to be well made), so all I've got is a book with a lot of post-It notes in it bookmarking great lights.

Whereas Woka is absolutely the right choice to re-edit his lights. If they are not to be made in Scotland, then Vienna is the obvious location, and Woka are the specialists in recreating designs of his period.

There are good reasons why one would not normally create a building or an object from the designer's drawings alone, but in Charles Rennie Macintosh's case, there are reasons why it is a good idea. These include the fact that so much of what he designed was never built or made.

Proof of that it can work is given by the successful creation in Glasgow, completed in 1996, of his  Haus eines Kunstfreundes, published in the Zeitschrift fur Innendekoration in 1902.

Here is the music room...

house of an art lover music room reconstruction

...and here is his drawing:

house of an art lover music room rendering

Here is the rendering of the dining room...

CRM house for an art lover dining room renderingand as built:

CRM house for an art lover dining roomNote the great lights in these two spaces! And note also the similarity of the dining room pendants to this ceiling light, WW-Direkt in the Woka collection, that Josef Hoffmann designed a year later, in 1903...

...hardly surprising given that Charles Rennie Macinstosh was in Vienna because the design movements there were so sympathetic to his work.

But there are also fantastic lights in interiors that he did finish -- the White House and the Glasgow School of Art in particular.

So let's thank Woka for creating this floor light -- and overwhelm them with requests for more Charles Rennie Macintosh. You can do that on their stand at lightjunction, of course!

lightjunction 18 22 September 2013


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

Channels Finnieston floor and table lights

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kalmar Admont 2 wood chandelier

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

Kalmar Admont6 wood chandelier detail

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

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

Woka Flora brass and wood floorstanding uplighter of 1930

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

Woka Flora floorstanding uplighter of 1930 black and nickel

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

lightjunction 18 22 September 2013


Channels images courtesy of Philip Vile.

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Milan 2013: Fuori Salone

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

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


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 www.atelierareti.com

Innermost EDIT www.innermost.net

Kalmar EDIT www.kalmarlighting.com

EDIT's web site: thedesignjunction.co.uk/milan


Lee Broom Spazio Pontaccio, Via Pontaccio 18 www.leebroom.com

Nendo Spazio Pontaccio     www.nendo.jp/en

Roll & Hill Spazio Pontaccio     www.rollandhill.com

Spazio Pontaccio's web site:   www.spaziopontaccio.it

Foscarini Via Pontaccio 19 www.foscarini.com

Memphis Spazio Understate, Viale Francesco Crispi 5/b, corner of Via Varese store.memphis-milano.com

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

Produzione Privata Via Varese 15 www.produzioneprivata.it

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

Corso Como 10 Corso Como 10 www.10corsocomo.com

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


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

Aqua Creations Boutique Mimí, Via Gesù 3 www.aquagallery.com

Artemide showroom, Corso Monforte 19 www.artemide.it

Baccarat Palazzo Morando, Via Sant’Andrea 6 int.baccarat.com/Lighting/lighting,en,sc.html

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

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

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

Flos showroom, Corso Monforte 9 www.flos.com

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

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

Luceplan showroom, Corso Monforte 7 www.luceplan.com

Venini showroom, Via Monte Napoleone 9 www.venini.com

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

David Trubridge Superstudiopiu’   www.davidtrubridge.com

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

Superstudiopiu' web site: http://www.superstudiogroup.com

Lasvit Via Gaspare Bugatti 15 www.lasvit.com

Moooi Via Savona 56 www.moooi.com

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

Contemporary Japanese Design Via Volhera 4 www.c-japandesign.net

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

Catellani & Smith Casa della Luce, Via Ventura 5 www.catellanismith.com


Woka Vienna Design Week, Via Privata Oslavia 17 www.woka.at

Lobmeyr Vienna Design Week www.lobmeyr.at

Vienna Design Week in Milan web page: www.viennadesignweek.at/news.php?id=628



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

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

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

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

Prandina Triennale -- Metro Cadorna (M1, M2)  prandina.it

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

The Triennale's web site: www.triennale.it


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

Sander Mulder MOST www.sandermulder.com

Brokis MOST www.brokis.cz

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

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

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

Windfall Palazzo Durini, Via Santa Maria Valle 2 -- Metro Missori (M3) www.windfall-gmbh.de

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


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Woka's new web site

Marc Lalique chandelier woka We are delighted to see Woka's new web site. Not only does it provide full information on Woka's own production, it also draws attention to the fact that they also restore classic pieces, which you can see at their fascinating showrooms in Vienna, near the cathedral, at Singerstraße 16 (not the whole building -- just the part to the right of the entrance):

Singerstrasse 16

Here is the centre of their home page:

Woka home page central section

Roll over the Art Déco light (which is AD9) in the centre, and it changes to the text Classic Lamps from 1900 to the present handcrafted in Vienna. This is the section that interior designers will enter most often because it gives access to Woka's standard catalogue items. A product page looks like this:

Woka AD10 table light

You get the info you need, plus a public price ex-VAT.

That "handcrafted in Vienna" strapline is important. Woka's workshops are nearby...

Woka workshops 1

where there are craftsmen working at the highest level. Because they are also restoring classic pieces, their understanding of historic design and methods is constantly increasing. The quality of everything that Woka makes is of the highest, and priced accordingly.

Woka workshop 2

Woka was founded by WOlfgang KArolinsky, a collector of, and dealer in, works (not just lights) from the important art and craft movements in Vienna at the turn of the last century -- the Viennese Secession and the Wiener Werkstätte. His knowledge and understanding of the period is very deep, not just from handling the pieces, but also from his extensive photographic archive.

In fact, our one criticism of the new site is that there are fewer images from this archive than there were on the old one. It is invaluable to see the originals in the spaces for which many of the Woka collection were designed. But also, sometimes those images conveyed essential information. For example, AD10, featured above, opens out like this:

Woka AD10 desk light on sideboard

which is why, besides being a very beautiful thing, it works so well as a desk light, or as a reading light if stood behind a chair on a surface of a suitable height.

Click on the Lobmeyr-like chandelier on the home page and you will find the selection of what is currently available. It changes, of course, as items are introduced and sold, but you will see not just very interesting works, like the Lalique at the top of this post, but also, for example, this...

Otto Wagner chandelier

...which is not just a chandelier by Otto Wagner, it is the chandelier that used to hang in the private dining room of the "Erste Villa Wagner" on the Hüttelbergstraße. The documentation that supports this attribution is listed, so €73,550 seems a small price to pay for such an important and striking historic piece.

Key buildings of the period have been important sources for specific items, such as the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, or the Sanatorium Purkersdorf. On the Projects page of the web site, these projects are explained and the items in the collection that derive from them are shown.

For example, this light, Dining 1...

Dining1 pendant light Josef Hoffmann woka

...was designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1903 for the Santorium Purkersdorf. Here is one of the pictures of them in situ:

Sanatorium Purkersdorf

Elsewhere on the site, in the Design section, there is a profile of Josef Hoffmann, and of the other designers and movements represented in the Woka collection. The result is a site that, besides being the place to find info about the Woka standard collection, is also a significant academic source of detailed information about the period and the movements, informed by experience of the objects themselves.

It supports a collection that is unashamedly aimed at people who take a deep interest in art, design and the provenance of fine lighting, so Fine Lighting News likes it immensely!

Woka focuses on a period that many people are getting to know a lot better as a result of a recent run of important exhibitions in Vienna, notably Gustav Klimt/Josef Hoffmann -- Pioneers of Modernism at the Belvedere, that featured a reconstruction of part of the Palais Stoclet, for which Woka re-issued a Hoffmann ceiling light. See our post about it here. The catalogue for this exhibition. and a monograph about Josef Hoffmann are available via our bookshop.

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Copper: 1516 pendant and wall light by Lobmeyr

Lobmeyr copper pendant light for the 1516 Brewery in Vienna Perhaps it is the nature of the metal that results in the few copper decorative lights being so very good. This one is a case in point. Semiotically, it signifies an industrial pendant but can there be any others made so well, and from such materials?

It is the fascinating result of the Viennese American-style brew pub, 1516 (after which it is named), asking Lobmeyr, the illustrious Viennese chandelier makers, to create something for their interior. You can see a row of them in the 1516 bar here:

1516 Brew pub Vienna

The warmth of the copper is part of what creates the atmosphere in this busy, warm pub -- a haven on a cold, snowy winter's night! It also recalls the copper kettles used in brewing.

Though the shade is made of copper, the upper part is polished brass, and the trimmings (screws &c.) are nickel-plated.

The brass section has small squares cut into it, in homage to the hugely influential designer/architect, Josef Hoffmann (who, with Klimt and Koloman Moser, was a founder of the Vienna Secession and later, again with Kolo Moser, established the Wiener Werkstätte). The Viennese firm, Woka, creates re-editions of Josef Hoffmann's pieces, such as this table light that has the same square cut-outs:

JH7 Josef Hoffmann table light from Woka

There is also a wall version of the 1516 light:

Lobmeyr copper wal light for 1516

I know what you are thinking: It looks exactly the same as the pendant! This is because it fixes to the wall like this:

Lobmeyr schnitt 1516 wall light

It is also smaller, the wall light being Ø22cm H26cm, whereas the pendant is Ø29cm H34cm.

However, it can be customized -- other sizes, other finishes.

We know of no other industrial-style light that is so elegant and so beautifully made. It is also difficult to imagine a design that so effortlessly invokes both Vienna, and brewing, for this Viennese brew pub! As such, 1516 is a stunning testament to what Lobmeyr can do (it is not all chandeliers!)

Go here for other designs by Lobmeyr.

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