aluminium

In The Wind by Arihiro Miyake for Nemo Cassina

nemo-in-the-wind-arihiro-miyake-pendant-light There is a super-elegant recent introduction by Nemo Cassina: In The Wind, designed for them by the Helsinki-based Japanese designer, Arihiro Miyake.

The 185cm-long body is in aluminium, which has either a polished black or matt white finish. There are opal diffusers.

Here is the floor-standing version:

nemo-in-the-wind-arihiro-miyake-floor light

Lovely things.

Nemo Cassina In The Wind pendant light

Actually, there must be something "in the wind" because, at about the same time, itre launched the much-discussed Aki pendant light by Studio Dreimann:

Aki pendant light by Studio Dreimann for itre

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Match by Jos Muller for Quasar

Quasar Match pendant light The simplest man-made objects, if they have been done well, turn out be the result of many small but important decisions, and they tend to be more versatile. So they are not really simple at all!

A case in point is Match by Jos Muller for Quasar. You see a pendant version above. It is a square of polished aluminium in one of two sizes (12cm or 6cm) with a coloured strip of acrylic on one edge which surrounds a linear LED (8W or 3W). That's all.

It can be used singly, of course (maybe hanging over a bar with others, widely spaced, or over a display case) but, because it is small, it can also be used in groups:

Quasar Match pendant group

The picture above can't really do full justice to how good such an arrangement can look (there are great examples in Quasar's showrooms in Giessen), but here's a view from a distance of a larger number...

Quasar Match pendant light set shot  ...an unusual and effective way to light a rectangular table.

There is a range of Match wall lights, single...

Quasar Match applique

...plus single or double versions on a back plate:

Quasar Match wall lights, one or two on a back plate

The single ones can be composed to make crisp patterns across a wall:

Quasar Match wall light group of eight

By now, Quasar were on a roll! So there are table versions:

Quasar Match table light

and even floor versions -- a single one or a group of three, as here:

Quasar Match floor light group of three

All except the floor lights are available in the two sizes.

At this point, you are probably saying to yourself that that is all very well and good but wouldn't a round one be more conventional than this square shape? Well, Quasar are way ahead of you! Here's Can:

Quasar Can pendant light group

 

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Misc.

EOQ's Bramah: the best new pendant at designjunction 2012?

EOQ Bramah pendant light 3 finishes EOQ is a new company based in Hong Kong that had the brilliant idea of using post-recession spare capacity in advanced Chinese factories to create FF&E products, in case of this light, one that is dedicated to the production of mechanisms for distributing heat on car parts and electronics.

The result is an object of extraordinary precision and cleanness. There will initially be two sizes. Each one has over a hundred aluminium extruded aluminium fins. The design is called Bramah, after Joseph Bramah who, in 1797, patented the first extrusion process (for making lead pipe).

The initial set of finishes includes this stunning, warm, glowing copper:

EOQ Bramah copper finish pendant light

However, the success of Bramah depends as much upon the design for it created by Michael Young. Deceptively simple, it is the exact dimensions, joining of planes and the angles that make it so satisfying.

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Michael Young's input is central to the whole EOQ project. He founded his studio in London in 1994 and incorporated it in Hong Kong in 2006. "[It] is considered to be the most formidable presently in Asia", and works across a number of fields, including furniture, product and interior design, plus -- hooray! -- watches!

The Bramah is a very good illustration of his desire to harness the skills of Asian industry and manufacturing to make objects of "...sheer poetry. It is design as industrial art that interest me, not in a limited edition, but in mass-production."

Let's enjoy the sheer poetry of Bramah again:

 

EOQ Bramah aluminium pendant light EOQ are showing it at designjunction, so rush along to the most exciting event (for design fans) in London to see it. You won't be disappointed!

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Light from 1969 relaunched by lahumièredesign

Lahumiere Lumitiple appliquelahumièredesign has re-edited the Lumitiple that was originally issued between 1969 and 1972 by the galerie Lahumière. The gallery was founded by Anne and Jean-Claude Lahumière in 1963. After 25 years they moved to an 18th century building in the Marais. It is still a must-see destination, with its focus on geometric and "constructed" abstraction (e.g. Vasarely).

In 2008 they began to relaunch designs from their past, starting with four objects created by Jean d'Imbleval, of which the Lumitiple is one.

It can be used as wall light, but also as a table light. Here it is head on...

Lahumiere Lumitiple on table...from the side...

Lahumiere Lumitple sideways

...and there's a pendant!

Lahumiere Lumitiple pendant

The Lumitiple is Ø47cm H24.5cm. However, there is also a double Lumitiple, which is Ø80cm H40cm...

Lahumiere double Lumitiple wall light

Lahumiere double Lumitiple pendant lightThe diffuser is made of aluminium, lacquered white, anthracite, a metallized blue or, for quantities of five or more, any RAL colour. The metal is shaped by hand to create entrancing effects of light and shadow:

Lahumiere Lumitiple applique shadowsIn our guides to Maison et Objet we always identify lahumièredesign's stand as one that shoud be seen. It is a small collection, but every item is a winner -- a connoisseur's choice!

lahumieredesign stand 1

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LC Shutters by Louise Campbell for Louis Poulsen

LC Shutters pendant light by Louise Campbell for Louis Poulsen 01LC Shutters, this new pendant light designed by Louise Campbell for Louis Poulsen, is as carefully thought through as the rest of her collection for them. Like Poul Henningsen, whose iconic lights form the backbone of Louis Poulsen's decorative collection, she never forgets that the lampshade serves two purposes: (1) to protect the eye from glare by ensuring that the lamp cannot be seen, and (2) to distribute the light where it is needed. Of course, it also has to contribute towards the ambience of the space -- as she says, "It is all about finding a delicate balance".

Louise Campbell plus LC Shutters for Louis Poulsen 03LC Shutters comes in these two versions: all white, or with some sections coloured (they are more pastel then they look in these pictures).

The light seeps through them. Have a look at this close-up:

LC Shutters louise campbell louis poulsen colour detailHer thoughts were about gentleness:

"...the job is to create the transition from hard light to gentle light, to distribute the light kindly around the room, without wasting more light than necessary in the process....by letting the light slip through the many cracks and openings and lie soft and gently at the small platforms."

As shutters do. Kind of.

The lamp itself is shaded by a round frosted diffuser inside the shade, so it won't be visible even if you look directly up into it, like this:

LC Shutters white detail

The shade is made of spun aluminium. We never waste an opportunity to show what goes into making a light -- the hard work necessary to create the gentle magic! So...

spinning,

metal spinningpunching and embossing,

punching and embossingpowder coating,

powder coating assembling, finishing and quality control:

assembly"Even though the material is hard and solid, the expression is soft and gentle." Louise Campbell

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