Vader by Luca Nichetto for David Design

Vader by Luca Nichetto for David Design 01Vader, created by  Luca Nichetto for David Design was launched at this month's Stockholm Furniture Fair. The image above is a bit enigmatic, so here is a clearer view: Vader by Luca Nichetto for David Design 02Luca Nichetto has form! He has designed several lights for Foscarini, including the iconic O-Space.  

He is from Venice, where he studed for a degree in Industrial design. His first projects were in Murano glass for Salviati in 1999, the year in which he also began his collaboration with Foscarini. Vader is ceramic, but its rounded forms echo what can be done with blown glass.

It doesn't look like it casts much light:

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but it does:

Vader by Luca Nichetto for David Design 860Here is the light source:

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How to Design and Make a Light: Pleat Box from Marset

Pleat-Box by Xavier Manosa and Mashallah Design for Marset, GoldWe have featured the Pleat Box from Marset before -- see here. However, we are going to take every opportunity to show what it takes to design and make a light, because we see, daily, the consequences of specifiers having no knowledge or understanding of these processes.

But the other reason is that it can be really interesting how something is designed and made! It can also be what makes the light worthy of consideration in the first place -- who designed it, what it is made from, and how.

So here is a really good video (not long, nice music!)  from Marset...

...in which the Barcelona-based designer, Xavier Mañosa explains how he, and the Mashallah design studio in Berlin, first came up with the idea. We then see one being made.


See?, I told you that it was interesting!

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Warm ceramic and LED light installation from Boatswain

Boatswain Levitas ah41Jason Boatswain, of Boatswain Lighting, is capable of amazing work with porcelain. In the past, his company (née Diffuse) has produced elegant shades in which art conceals art -- lights like this Sylph, which is 32cm high, are difficult to do when the porcelain is so thin, yet the individual pieces quite large: Boatswain Sylph ceramic pendant

The thin porcelain is semi-translucent and adds a wonderful glow, even when used with sources of artificial light -- CFLis and LEDs. The effect is like a candle:

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This installation by Boatswain was for a private residence in England (hence the downlighters). It uses their Levitas design, which is intended for bespoke arrangements. The light source is LED, which allows the suspension cables to be extremely thin, so that the Levitas "candles" seem to be hovering.

This could be seen as a safer alternative to Ingo Maurer's magical, iconic Fly Candle Fly!

ingo_maurer_fly_candle_fly_pendelleuchte_585_0Made up of real candles:

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In this project, Levitas is providing a very good solution for lighting over a rectangular table. Note also this rare occurence of lights over a table not being hung too high, for which we should thank the interior designers, Ashton House Design. Hooray!

The porcelain Levitas candles even look good when not lit...

Boatswain Levitas ah32 ...their natural material, with its matt surface, an excellent foil for a table designed to bring out its woodiness.

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Pleat Box by Xavier Mañosa and Mashallah Design for Marset

PleatBox family from Marset Xavier Mañosa is a master ceramicist Barcelona, and founder of Apparatu. With Mashallah Design, he has created Pleat Box for Marset: a family of ceramic pendants that have cloth-like pleats in them. The resulting shape is very satifying -- simple, yet interesting.

The image above shows the various shapes and external finishes. There is the option internally of a gold lining that, with an incandescent light source, will cast the most beautiful light:

Pleat-Box by Marset gold But our favourite is probably the terracotta version:

Pleat-Box Terracotta and Goldwhich has a traditional feel, and which makes one think not just of the craftsmanship used to create it, but also of gardens:

Pleat-Box by Marset outsideHere is what Marset say about the collection: "The idea behind the Pleat Box is that of a sophisticated combination between a digitally-designed crease in a piece of cloth, the silhouette of which is applied to a ceramic base.

"The outer part of the lamp is offered in white ceramic, underglazed red clay and grey –the result of recycling different enamels. The brilliant white enamel interior creates a glitter effect, which enhances the light from the lamp. It can also be supplied in gold on the inside, which generates an extremely warm light. Available in 4 sizes: diameter 47cm, 36cm, 24cm & 13cm.

"Pleat Box has come about through the first-ever collaboration between Xavier Mañosa, a master ceramicist from Barcelona, and the Mashallah design studio in Berlin with Marset."

For more on the making of these fascinating lights, see Dailytonic.

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Forbidden Fruit by Glimpt

Forbidden Fruit by Glimpt Swedish design duo Glimpt (Mattias Rask and Tor Palm) presented these strawberry-inspired pendant lamps as part of [D3] Design Talents at imm cologne in 2011.

"We strive to work with artisans from around the globe, creating objects with a deeper story in the encounter between design and crafts."

We also like Last Fruit Standing, which has a ceramic head attached to a solid wood back.

Here's the floor light:

Last Fruit Standing by Glimpt, floor lightand a detail of the head:

Last Fruit Standing from Glimpt floor light, detailThere is a table light:

Last Fruit Standing by Glimpt table lightBut perhaps the most important picture is this one of their stand, becuase one can now see the size of these pieces:

Glimpt stand at IMM Köln 2011

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