lightjunction: lots to see at &Tradition -- copper, a new colour, a fine glass light, and Ice

&Tradition BLOWN pendant light

lightjunction, 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

Above is Blown, a wonderful new pendant by Samuel Wilkinson for Danish company &Tradition. It is Ø280mm H280mm and comes in two finishes -- sandblasted, and translucent with a silver lustre. Wilkinson (who is also responsible for the design of the Plumen lamp) wanted to explore the reflections, distortions and refraction of light in glass.

The result is a simple, elegant form that is nevertheless complex in detail. To get it right, contemporary CAD techniques are used to control the exact pattern, texture and thee-dimensional shaping of the glass, whilst traditional glass blowing crasftsmanship is used to create each piece.

Good on their own, they are also terrific in groups:

&Tradition Blown glass pendant lights in a group

Other &tradition novelties involve new materials and new colours for existing designs.

We keep banging on about the shortage of copper lights, so we are thrilled that they are bringing out brass versions of three of their designs, Norm's Mass, Utzon's Tivoli and Verner Panton's Flowerpot:

Copper pendant lights from &Tradition Mass and Tivoli are copper finishes, as is usual, but Flowerpot is solid copper, lacquered white on the inside -- such warmth, such authority, such luxury!

The new colour is a matt grey, giving an industrial, urban, concrete look, as can be seen in these Spinning Lights BH1s and BH2s:

&Tradition matt grey Spinning Lights pendants

To understand details like finishes, and the effects of new colours and materials, it is necessary to see the light for yourself. that is why we have created lightjunction to give you the opportunity to do so.

Finally, the designs formerly sold through Refer & Staer are now available through &Tradition. These include Sofie's ever-popular Ice chandeliers:

Sofie Refer Ice Chandelier from &Tradition


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lightjunction: Glaze from Innermost

Innermost Glaze pendant light large

 lightjunction, 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

Who has not been eating custard with a copper spoon and been struck by what a great light this combination of colours and textures would make! I know I have. And also, it would appear, Corinna Warm, the designer of Glaze for Innermost.

The large one (Ø33cm H20cm) is above. There is also a small one, Ø14cm H31cm:

Innermost Glaze pendant light small

The colours are ivory and copper, but what really stand out are the super tones and textures. There are still not nearly enough copper lights, given what an attractive warm material it is, and the way it can soften light -- here, it is brushed, to bring out its metal-ness. That contrasts with the smooth, soft, ivory part: if it is not custard, is it luscious thick double cream? Or  paint? Or ceramic?

In fact, it is silicon, that bonds to the copper (and is more permanent than custard....)

Innermost Glaze pendant light both sizes

Here's a group of them:

a group of Innermost's Glaze pendant lights

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Copper: Sven Ivar Dysthe's Butterfly from Northern Lighting

Northern Lighting Butterfly wall light  copper In 1964, Sven Ivar Dysthe designed a wall light called Butterfly. Arguably the leading figure in contemporary Norwegian design, he is respected for "...his ability to find simple solutions to complex challenges with decisive elegance". (A bit like me, really.)  Butterfly is an excellent example of this:

Sven Ivar Dysthe Butterfly wall light

It was originally made by Høvik Lys, and later by Arnold Vik, Norway. Northern Lighting relaunched the design in 2008.

They have now produced a version in copper which is heat treated, so each one will have a unique surface colour and material structure. Added to which, oxidization will further change their appearance, making each one more more individual -- almost a living thing:

Northern Lighting Butterfly wall light copper close up

Northern Lighting describe Butterfly well:

Its uniqueness lies in the combination of its simplicity of form and well-preserved indirect manner of emanating light, creating a bright, yet warm atmosphere...

especially in copper!

It is W20cm H21cm D10cm, so it small.

Northern Lighting Butterfly applique

Sven I Dysthe wrote:

“Butterfly”, a shining philosophy around white wings Woven into a connecting body,

a brightness that melts into the eye

glittering without glitter Flying without flight Living without life Just as plain and simple as that

Simple simplicity.

Like real butterflies, one is good, but more are better:

Northern Lighting Butterfly wall lights office


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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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Copper: Line by François Champsaur for Pouenat Ferronnier

Pouenat Line table light Copper is a wonderful warm, soft metal. It perfectly matches an incandescent lamp that is running at less than full power, i.e. when the light it is casting is also warm and soft.

Yet there are not many copper lights available. This is the first of a series of posts that will introduce you to some of the best of what there is.

Copper is not an easy metal to work, but when François Champsaur designed Line for Pouenat Ferronnier, he knew that this illustrious French metal-working company could and would do a great job.

He is one of several important designers who have created collections for them over the last ten years. Line is one of the exceptional pieces that resulted when Pouenat Ferronnier asked each of them to design a light for the 10 Ans d'Edition collection (launched at Maison et Objet this January) that celebrates this anniversary.

Line is available in brushed copper with a satin varnish; there is also a brass version. It is big for a table light, at W90cm H97cm D15cm, so it is more like a table-mounted screen or backdrop (a rôle that very few other lights could perform so well). Its shallowness would make it particularly suitable for a console table. The light sources are six 7W LEDs concealed in the folds.

For other posts about copper lights, please go here.

For François Champsaur's full collection for Pouenat Ferronnier (that includes furniture -- it is not just lights), please go here.

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