Yumi floor light by Shigeru Ban for FontanaArte

FontanaArte Yumi floor light The supremely elegant, minimal Yumi, by the innovative Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for FontanaArte, is one of a new style of arco-type "floor-standing pendants" made possible by the use of LEDs.

fontanaarte yumi floor light b&w set

Yumi means "bow" in Japanese. Like a bow, this light is both delicate and strong, a clean design and a simple shape that blend into a lightweight, yet sturdy, structure made of a composite material, wrapped in a carbon fibre coat that has a gloss finish. The wiring is all hidden within.

Such a minimal design politely fits into any environment...

fontanaarte yumi floorlight by fresco

...and, as always, if one is good, more are better!

multiple fontanaarte yumi floor lights

The business end contains 170 LEDs sunk into the structure.


fontanaarte yumi floor light dimensions

Download the FontanaArte Yumi brochure.

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De Riguour floor light from Okha

Okha De Riguour floor light in blackOkha have introduced De Riguour, an Arco-type floor light with a stone or marble base, a polished steel or powder-coat coloured cantilevered structure, and a cotton shade.

It comes in white or black, as does another floor light in the collection,

Okha arco floor lightBest of all, Okha (who are based in South Africa, like Willowlamp) are simultaneously introducing a range of furniture, like this Mercury coffee table,

Okha Mercury coffee table

the Profile coffee table,

Okha Profile coffee table

and this chaise longue,

Okha chaise longue

that form a coherent family, based on (more-or-less) softened geometric shapes.

Okha de Riguour floor light in white

See The Contemporist.

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Bad fakes sold by Dwell!

Dwell Stratford cheap fakes 2Nothing new there, I hear you say. But there are two factors that show the extent of Dwell's contempt for intellectual property rights, and for their own customers:

  1. how they flaunt their fakes, and
  2. how badly designed the fakes are.

The flaunting can be seen at their shop in Westfield Straford. The image above shows their glass frontage filled with fakes of Jaime Hayón's Josephine chandelier for Metalarte. Here they are again:

Dwell Stratford 3The bad design? Look at a real Josephine chandelier:

Jaime hayon metalarte Josephine Queen 9.6.3 gold

Now look at Dwell's:

Dwell Stratford 4Compare: the clumsily thick circular bars to which the light bodies are attached...the ugly bundling of cables up the centre...the cables entering the light bodies at a sharp angle through exposed strain relief bushes...the wonky shades (in fact, the whole chandelier is wonky) ...the lack of proportion between the shades and the light bodies....

Yet the person who designed the fake knew the original! Basically, why didn't they make a better fake? The answers are, presumably (1) they don't care, (2) they cynically calculate that their customers will not notice what a crap pendant this is -- they'll still buy it, and (3) they are "designing" it so that it can be made a cheaply as possible -- so they get the concept for free by stealing it, then spend as little as possible getting their version made.

And, surprise, surprise! What do we have in the back of the shop but a fake of Arco from Flos:

Dwell Stratford arco

Here's the head of the real Arco. Notice also how slim and elegant the arm is and compare it with the clumsy thick component in Dwell's.

Flos ARCO_part

This is the light of which the Prime Minister's wife is reputed to have bought a fake -- see our post: Sunday Times tell readers: buy cheap fakes! Contempt for intellectual property rights is clearly as strong in in the offices of Dwell as it is in 10 Downing Street.

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Sunday Times tell readers: buy cheap fakes!

First the Daily Telegraph (see Daily Telegraph tell readers: buy cheap fakes!)  and now the Sunday Times in its Home section on 30th October 2011: Sunday Times Home 30 10 11It is even the same light -- Achille Castiglioni's Arco for Flos-- that the Daily Telegraph targeted. Flos must have done a Very Bad Thing to justify these attacks by the British press....

Bizarrely, the Sunday Times tried to justify their suggestion by saying that Samantha Cameron, the prime minister's wife, bought one! This is inconceivable for two reasons.

First, David Cameron (as prime minister) and his wife (because of her association with the luxury leather goods company Smythson) are fully aware of the considerable economic damage caused by fakes and counterfeit goods.

Secondly, design is about attention to detail. A fake is never as good as the real thing -- it just might look like the real thing through half-closed eyes from a distance. If she has been working with a luxury goods company, Samantha Cameron must have some visual awareness, some feeling for design, surely?

Sadly, the whole point of the full Sunday Times feature, Spot the Difference, was to encourage the buying of fakes. Just so you know, this is what a real Arco looks like:

Arco from FlosArco from Flos -- detailThere was also a limited edition with a black marble base.

It is beautifully made by Flos, whose name will be on it and on all the packaging (though this can be faked too, of course). It will be clearly CE marked -- i.e. not dangerous or illegal, because it meets all the necessary regulatory requirements. Does the fake -- even if it says it does...?

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ORZ7 IN floor light by Filip Galuszka

ORZ7 IN floor light by Filip GaluszkaFilip Galuszka has taken the luminaire from a street light that was commonly used during the 1970s in Poland to create an outsize indoor floor light. The total height is 265cm. It best fits into the arco-category of floor-standing pendants.

Because the luminaires are from real street lights, they have been bashed around a bit! See before and after pictures, plus details and dimensions, at Mocoloco.

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