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lightjunction: Zero's fresh thinking

Zero Daikanyama suspended lighting systemlightjunction, 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

Here are two new designs that illustrate well what we expect from the Swedish company, Zero.

Daikanyama (above), created by Thomas Bernstrand is named after a district of Tokyo. The design echoes the patterns of overhead cables that you find in a Japanese street. They flow between walls and poles, usually directly from one point to another, so that the path of a single cable makes sense but, when combined, there is a pleasing irregularity about the resulting composition. For example, here is an intersection on the edge of Daikanyama:

daikanyama-sarugaku-cho-street

Thomas Bernstrand has drawn on this image to create an unusually flexible system of overhead lights mounted on cables. They are quite big (see the figure in the image above) and, at the moment, there is no outdoor version. The light bodies are aluminium, painted red or yellow or orange or white or black:

Zero Daikanyama suspended light system black For Silo, Zero turned to one of today's hottest design practices, Stockholm-based Note Design Studio.

Zero Silo pendant lightThough small (Ø150mm H 235mm), the shape is based on something big, a grain silo, giving it an industrial feel -- how industrial depends upon the colour chosen: white, black, yellow or green. The power cable supplying the energy is an integral part of the composition: in the same colour as the shade, it enters at the side near the top, like the grain being fed into a mill. (Actually, to me it looks like a cider flagon.)

Zero Silo pendant light green

Zero Silo pendant light black

Here are some Silos playing grandmother's footsteps:

Zero Silo pendant lights in a group

lightjunction 18 22 September 2013

 

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Euroluce 2013: Hall 15, and some stands with lights in Salone Del Mobile halls

Euroluce name in colours

This is the fourth 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 fifteen, and in some of the Salone Del Mobile halls. Other posts look at who is in halls nine ,eleven and thirteen, 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 15 and OTHER HALLS

You will see that we are covering fewer exhibitors in this Handy Guide in Hall 15 than in the other Euroluce halls. This is because it houses mostly technical lighting (recessed downlighters).

Blackbody E31 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. Theirs 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.

Bocci C27 D20 www.bocci.ca

Omer will be introducing at the Fair his new 57 chandelier. It is made using a new hybrid glass blowing and fusing technique that is analogous to that used for producing open cell foam, apparently. From the video of their being made, they look interesting – and labour-intensive. It is hard to judge, though, how they will look in real life – which is why we all have to visit the stand!

Cini&Nils B22 www.cinienils.com

It is good that Cini&Nils are exhibiting at Euroluce: because they are based in Milan, they have not taken a stand in recent years. But their products do need to be seen, because this is an innovative company, creating lights for specific purposes, rather than following the herd. As a result, they have gone where no-one else has gone before, being the first company to do mains voltage track lighting (using cables), for example. They have now added a very useful outdoor version. The design of their lights follow their function. You’ll see that they are beautifully made, with wonderful detailing but, as you look at them, do consider their function. It is too easy to judge a luminaire solely by what it looks like (especially in a brightly lit hall) but that would be a huge mistake – on any decorative lighting stand.

Gubi C32 C36 www.gubi.com

Gubi continue to add classic 20th century designs to their already strong collection. From the secret preview, I can tell you that there is a task light that looks like evidence that two of their collections  – the BestLites and Greta Grossman’s – have mated. And there is the rerelease of a classic pendant that was last issued by Bald and Bang. More than that I should not say, but you will be glad that you visited the stand....

Il Fanale G36 www.ilfanale.com

And now for something completely different! Il Fanale is where you go to find the  traditional lights that you see in Italian trattorie and farm houses, elegantly made from iron, brass, copper, glass and ceramics. They even do the metal pipes and fittings that crawl over the walls of old buildings when the electric cables are not recessed.

Ingo Maurer A23 www.ingo-maurer.com

One of a kind, a leader both in design and in the use of new lighting technologies. However amazing his collection may look, all the items function properly as lights. These days, we don’t expect many new items to be added to the standard collection. Herr Maurer’s true heart is now to be found at the Spazio Krizia (Via Manin, 21) where there will be installations by him, but also works by young, innovative artists/designers that he has found.

Martinelli Luce B33 B37 www.martinelliluce.it

The Martinelli family have created a very good collection, that includes the Pipistrello of the late Gae Aulenti (a huge light, now joined by a Minipipistrello, more suited to humbler spaces). Whilst they also have products by other eminent designers (Marc Sadler’s surprisingly rustic Babele, for example), many of the designs are by Martinelli family members, including the classic Cobra from 1968 by Elio Martinelli. Recent introductions make the most of the design flexibility that LEDs make possible – the jolly Elica task light, for example, or the Colibrì floor light, by the charming Emiliana Martinelli, with its simple elegant shape and long reach.

Nemo B23 www.nemo.cassina.it

For a while, Nemo was controlled by Cassina. Prior to this period, it was as if Nemo were discontinuing all their most interesting designs. However, under Cassina, they started introducing classic designs from the mid 20th century by architects/designers like Le Corbusier, and fantastic new designs – Giancarlo Tintori’s Uma methacrylate chandelier, for example, or Arlhiro Mlyake’s In the Wind.

But now Nemo is being absorbed by the younger, smaller Omikron (see the next entry). On the one hand, this means that Nemo is controlled by lighting people, rather than furniture people. On the other hand, it would be a pity if the current trends of 20th century classics and fine contemporary, flamboyant designs are not continued. It is far too early to say what will happen.

Omikron B29 www.omikrondesign.com

Fortunately, although Omikron specializes in lighting that is much more minimal, more technical, less decorative than Nemo’s, they have also demonstrated a commitment to great designs from the past – Claritas, for example, the first light designed by Vico Magistretti (in 1946). So, as we've indicated above, we’ll wait and see what has happened by the next Euroluce, in two years’ time....

Schonbek/Swarovski Lighting E27 F24 architecture.swarovski.com,                       www.schonbek.com

A highlight of Milan over the last few years was the Swarovski Crystal Palace shows. But they have stopped now. In the meantime, Swarovski bought Schonbek (so they can make their own chandeliers) and they have rolled their standard lighting collection (crystal under down lighters, starry skies of backlit recessed crystals, &c.) into the same entity. But Schonbek is based in America. It is hard not to draw the conclusion that Swarovski has lost interest in having its own lighting collection. Maybe we’re wrong. Vedremo...

Zero C33 www.zero.se

Another excellent Scandinavian lighting company – how do they do it?! It may be a platitude (but that does not make it wrong) to note that long periods without sun not only make Scandinavians more aware of the importance of light, but also of interiors generally – what they are made of, colours, how they feel. For example, a new introduction that Zero will be showing, Loos by the Venetian Luca Nichetto, is made of felt – in fact, several layers of felt in different colours, with different patterns cut out of them. This means that you can pile two or three on top of each other and the different colours show through, an effect inspired partly by plaids. A comfortable light. Good for long, recession-hit winters.

OTHER HALLS

First, a word about the halls.

Euroluce, which takes place every odd-numbered year, is part of the far bigger Salone Del Mobile. The Salone takes over the entire exhibition area at the Rho fairground. Euroluce is in halls, 9, 11, 13 and 15.

The organizers put restrictions on the number of lights that can be shown on stands that are not in the Euroluce halls. Nevertheless, several companies with strong lighting collections are showing elsewhere. Note that there will probably be a lower proportion of lights on these stands, that may be dominated by furniture.

Gianni Seguso Hall 4 G21 www.seguso.it

Visit this stand and 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.

They have taken on a new maestro who specializes in goblets, so that probably explains this location. It is an essential stand to visit.

Brokis  Hall 7 G09 H16 www.brokis.cz

This is not the stand of Brokis. They are sharing the stand of Misurasemmehttp://www.misuraemme.it ). Brokisis a brand to watch: very high quality glass working from the Czech republic, plus very good, clever, witty designs. They will be showing new introductions on this stand.

Reflex Angelo Hall 7 H09 www.reflexangelo.com

Lighting is only a small part of their catalogue but their selection nevertheless includes Bulles, one of the very best glass bubbles with a point of light inside.

Boca do Lobo Hall 10 F14 www.bykoket.com/catalogue/lighting.php

Boca do Lobo is of course a source for the most wonderful, flamboyant, outrageous furniture, so you’ll want to visit their stand anyway. They are included in this Handy Guide to lighting stands because lights from Koket will be shown on their stand too, These you must see – also luxurious, not at all minimal! and with a strong American influence from their creative director, Janet Morais.

ClassiCon Hall 16 E30 www.classicon.com

Amongst the new introductions that will be shown by the illustrious house of ClassiCon will be pendant lights by Sebastian Herkner, that he calls the Bell Lights. The shades are separate from the structure, which comes in grey, brass or copper.

Verpan Hall 16 C39 www.verpan.com

Verpan is the destination for most of the important designs of Verner Panton (not just lights). You think you know them all, but do you know the New Wave table light of 1970 -- a rippled white glass mushroom cloud, for example? I thought you didn’t.

  Muuto Hall 16 B35 www.muuto.com

Lighting represents only a third of the Danish company Muuto’s production, but each of their lights has a strong personality – from the elegant Mhy, to the minimal E27 pendant, to the very wooden Wood Lamp task light.

Artek Hall 20 C08 www.artek.fi

Another Scandinavian manufacturer for which lighting is only part of their activity. But it is important: this company keeps in production iconic lights by the likes of Alvar Aalto (the A330 series, for example), Tapio Wirkkala and Jorn Utzøn.

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Stockholm's Furniture Fair and Northern Light Fair

Stockholm fair logos

The Stockholm Furniture Fair runs from the the 5th to the 9th February. It includes the Northern Light Fair.

This is very timely because there was a very real sense amongst the experts who were in Paris for Maison et Objet last month that the Japanese and Scandinavian stands were looking the sharpest.

Added to which, as a result of watching double bills of The Killing, The Bridge and Borgen on Saturday nights, Britons have never been more aware of Scandinavian culture -- or of Scandinavia, full stop. Those wonderful lights in the interiors in Borgen! Somehow one does not expect such design-awareness in 10 Downing Street....

The Japanese were showing very little lighting but there was plenty from Scandinavian makers. We are looking forward to being able to spend more times on their stands this week in Stockholm.

What are the Scandinavians doing that is so right? It is not really a common æsthetic (as it was in the 1960s) -- it would be difficult to imagine a more diverse, more eclectic collection of lights. Nor is there any magic. No, it is the basics that anyone could do (designers. materials, prices), underpinned by the makers' sensitivity to light and design, that is shared by enough of the populace to provide them with a market.

Design: they have strength in depth. Besides great designers from the past (Arne Jacobsen, Jørn Utzon), they are drawing on an amazing roster of contemporary designers -- Front (bsweden), Claesson Koivisto Rune (Örsjö, Muuto), Cecilie Manz (Muuto, and the incredibly successful Caravaggio -- for which a new wall light is being launched -- for Lightyears), plus Form us With Love (Muuto) and Louise Campbell (Muuto and Louis Poulsen, who are not exhibiting). Wästberg's business model is based on commissioning from famous designers.

Materials: wonderful use of glass, as one would expect (especially Muuto, bsweden) but also fabrics, acrylic, wood, marble, felt, even egg box material (from &Tradition)...

Prices: fair.

Here is an alphabetical list of who is exhibiting and where. (It is our selection but it may not be based on a complete list: omissions do not therefore necessarily indicate our disapproval!) Click on their names to go to their web sites.

&Tradition    A04 25

Artek    A35 10

bsweden    A09 20

Le Klint    A15 2

Lightyears    A31 41

Muuto    A04 41

Northern Lighting    A07 28

Örsjö    A07 21

Secto    A04 39

Valoa by Aurora A01 22 (who we don't know -- the Finnish/Canadian designer Aurora Nieminen only started the company a few months ago -- but we like the look of her colourful felt pendants. Please see the image at the foot of this post.)

Wästberg A12 20

Zero A09 14

There will be some brands showing in Stockholm, rather than at the fair:

Gubi will be at AB Evert Lindelöf at Hornsgatan 29 in Södermalm.

Non-Scandinavian exhibitors include:

Brunklaus A23 11 Delightfull B06 11 Innermost A09 01 La Murrina B02 19 Luceplan A04 10 LZF A09 45 Moooi A07 30 Tom Dixon A18 30

Outside the fair,

Foscarini  will be creating "Magic Windows" at 38C Rosenlundsgatan.

The Noa pendants from Valoa by Aurora:

Noa pendant lights from Valoa by Aurora

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