Kevin Reilly: recent introductions

kevin reilly pendant light lantern seva

I’ve just checked back and found that Cameron |Peters Fine Lighting has been responsible for supplying Kevin Reilly lighting to UK specifiers since 2006, so we’ve kind of got the hang of them by now!

This post brings you up-to-date with recent introductions.

The glorious Seva (above) is an innovative pendant light. They say, “This year, the Kevin Reilly Collection gives new momentum to its line of lighting fixtures by offering different models centered around their metal work. While it has always been a common thread within the collection, we are now seeing a dramatic new interpretation on the way in which light can be revealed.

"Architectural and sculptural, the Seva pendant is unique in that it is capable of holding light as well as sharing it as a focal point within a space. There is an emphasis on the dialogue between material and light, and the play between sculpture and function.”

We say, this is a strong, sculptural object that will cast light up and down, with no glare. Yes, the “shade” is not translucent, but for many applications this will not be a problem, any more than a non-translucent lamp shade on a table light is necessarily a problem.

There are two sizes:  W46cm and W147cm. Both are H71cm and D28cm. Here is a picture of the long one:

Kevin Reilly Long Seva pendant light

The exterior is in the usual range of Kevin Reilly finishes, and the inside options include a dark read powder coat – such drama!

Bamba is also a pendant:

Kevin Reilly BAMBA pendant light

This time the shade is semi-translucent. It is a simple, elegant shape in Kevin Reilly’s materials and finishes (that are rightly so popular at the moment). It comes in three sizes, though I know it does not look it from the picture below! What is happening is that there are three diameters (the largest being 91cm). You can choose one or two small or large shades, to create any of these four poses:

Kevin Reilly BAMBA pendant light

Make sure that you are aware of their size:

Kevin Reilly BAMBA pendant lights set

The delicate Pattern comes as a floor light, a table light and a desk light:

Kevin Reilly PATTERN desk, table and floor lights

Then, this is the Kolom wall light, that comes as standard in two sizes, and as a fixed or a swing arm. Custom options are also available:

Kevin Reilly Kolom wall lights

The standard shade material for Bamba, Pattern and Kolom is the wonderful watercolour paper than Kevin spent so long finding.

As it is for Kanaal, (the most recent introduction) but you can also use customer's own. It comes as standard H13cm W26cm and in four lengths (147cm, 183cm,213cm and 244cm) though, as usual, custom sizes are also possible.

Kanaal pendant light from Kevin Reilly

As always, if you are in the UK, contact us for tear sheets, finish options (it is easy to misunderstand these), prices and general advice (though, as I write, detailed Pattern info is not yet available).

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Maison et Objet: Nautic's Caret lamp -- the single most important item there

Nautic Caret Squirrel Cage lamp replacement We stuck our neck out and wrote in our Handy Guide to the show  that "the Caret Squirrel Cage lamp may be the most important object in all of Maison et Objet". We added:

You can usually see the lamp in lanterns. Traditionally, therefore, lamps that are attractive to look at have been used. For Nautic, this has meant the incandescent squirrel cages. Politicians are going to ban squirrel cages. What to do? Erik spent four years researching an alternative. It is now available as the Caret Squirrel Cage lamp that replaces the wire in an incandescent lamp with loops of cold cathode tube. The light it casts is wonderfully warm. It will be the saviour of all existing, and future, lanterns. That is why it is so important. Because, if you don’t use these, what are you going to use?

Those who visited Tekna at the fair (Nautic is one of Tekna's brands) will have immediately understood the excitement, because the entire stand was lit using the Caret lamps!

They produce a good amount of light (350lm) that is wonderfully warm (2300K), and they can be dimmed (with a compatible dimmer).

They are energy-saving (EU Energy group A -- the most energy-efficient) and are rated to last 25,000 hours, so they can be put in locations which are difficult to access.

What is more, they look great. Sometimes an amateur photo is more helpful than a professional image, so here is the Caret lamp (plus Cheryl's hand) photographed in our offices:

Nautic Caret lamp
Nautic Caret lamp close up

So, what's not to like?!

The most obvious use is in lanterns like Nautic's own Fullham:

Nautic Fullham wall lantern

but they are also ideal for the long-running trend in bars for lots of naked light bulbs randomly hung, which will  look fine for as long as incandescent lamps are available, but which will be pants afterwards, unless the Caret is used. CFLis look terrible, as do LED replacement GLS lamps (the classic light bulb shape), plus both cast that clammy, grey light -- hardly festive!

Nautic proved how well the Caret lamp works in such a setting by having lots of them on the stand, hanging from the Thorn Pete retro antique bronze-finished rod and lamp holder that they have introduced for this purpose:

Nautic Thorn Pete pendant

and there is also a Thorn Pete wall light:

Nautic Thorn Pete wall light

The Caret lamp currently only comes in the large squirrel cage format. However, Tekna showed a thrilling cluster of Ilford XL pendants...

Nautic Ilford XL pendant lantern

...staggered as if down a stairwell. These large lanterns (H935mm) now have four continuous thin cold cathode tubes, like the ones in the Caret lamp, running their full length.

But the greatest excitement is for a candle lamp version, which can be used in the world's chandeliers. They are currently being developed for a very distinguished family who have a lot of palaces....

From now on, all Nautic luminaires that would have shipped with an incandescent squirrel cage lamp will now come with a Caret lamp unless the squirrel cage is specified.

The development of the Caret lamp was a massive investment of time and money by Erik Huysmans of Tekna, that took him four years. But now, in the pantheon of great names associated with the electric lamp, Edison...

Edison now joined by Erik:

Erik Huysmans of Nautic


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What's Hot in America, right now?

Avram Rusu Confetti glass pendant These are currently the five most popular lights on Interior Design magazine's web site.

The one pictured above is from Avram Rusu Studio's Confetti Glass Lighting Collection. They include coloured glass elements. There is also the Confetti Lighting Collection, made from stainless steel or brushed brass metal discs, plus Swarovski crystal. Here's the wonderful chandelier, and a close-up:

Avram Rusu Confetti Chandelie

They look great fun in situ as well:

Avram Rusu Confetti-Chandelier set and detail


Number two is the Hood lantern from Rejuvenation:

Rejuvenation Hood lantern

There are several diffuser options, some opaque and some netted.

Rejuvenation is an American on-line seller of lights. Avram Rusu Studio are in Brooklyn, NY. So they are both making for the American market. This means that their lights are illegal and potentially dangerous if used almost anywhere other than north America!!!

But the other three are from European companies, so there are both UL and CE versions.

Number three is the Faceted table light from Best & Lloyd:

Best & Lloyd Faceted table light

It was great to have a chance to see these properly at Decorex this week. Lovely big chunks of glass with bold facets cut into them, in clear or in a choice of rich colours.

Number four (NB these lights are in no particular order) is Massimo Iosa Ghini's LED Aria pendant light from Muranodue:

Leucos Aria pendant light

There are two sizes. The one above is Ø36cm. The other is smaller, at Ø18.5cm.

The fifth? Vibia's Link:

Vibia Link ceiling light syste

This is a very clever system -- one of several from Vibia (and some from other good makers) that allow the designer to create arrangements of almost any size across a wall or (in the case of Link) a ceiling. They provide economical and flexible ways to create a wow factor if you've got a large area to fill.

To see the Design Magazine post, go here.




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Summer SALE at Fritz Fryer Antique Lighting!

Fritz Fryer ornate antique lantern There are precious few fine lighting shops in the UK, so Fine Lighting News is going to celebrate those that there are whenever we can!

Fritz Fryer Antique Lighting, in Ross-on-Wye, currently has a sale on. You can see what is on offer here.

My favourite antique light on offer is the magnificent ornate lantern above. It is Ø420mm H940mm and made of black lacquered steel. It was £750 but is now a snip (believe me!) at £600 Code. L1111.

This Best and Lloyd table light was £575 and is now £360:

Fritz Fryer Best and lloyd table light

It silver plate with ornate castings, dates from about 1950 and is H400mm. Code TL1080.

My next choice is a ceiling light from one of the great names on English chandeliers, Osler:

Fritz Fryer Osler plafonnier

Yes, it doesn't look like one of their "decadent, spectacular crystal creations" (Wilkinson). This is because the market for such things declined after the first world war so, in 1922, they closed their glasshouse in Birmingham and concentrated on smaller, less ornate, more modest items that matched the mood of the time, but also, to our great good fortune, can be accommodated in our small, low-ceilinged homes. Like this one, reduced from £960 to £768, a very good price for a hand-cut (not moulded) ceiling light from a top maker. It is Ø240mm H240mm. Code B1065.

We do what we do partly because of the people who are attracted to working with lights, so our hearts warm to Fritz Fryer when we see this image of the owners, Karen and Simon Wallis-Smith, and their team celebrating the passing of the Olympic torch through Ross-on-Wye:

Fritz Fryer team

It is also a neat bit of subliminal marketing! Because the elegant Olympic torches wall lights that they are holding up are also in the sale:

Fritz Fryer art deco wall lights

There is, fortunately, a pair of these art deco flambeau wall lights, reduced from £480 to £384 each. They are 420mm x 170mm x 300mm. Code WB1140.

But where's the Company Dog, Holly is asking...?


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Kevin Reilly's Passage lantern in Moscow

Kevin Reilly Passage set 1 It is surprisingly rare for makers to get images of their lights in situ. Even if they are installing a major piece themselves, all they may have is a photo taken on someone's camera as they are packing up at four in the morning. We are therefore pleased to have these shots of the imaginative uses made of Kevin Reilly's Passage in this Moscow project.

The shot above, with the lights in an inside/outside location, is the most typical for a lantern -- in a porch, porte cochère or hallway.

The space in the image below is unusual. It is an interior, but with an art work of trees, so there is still an inside/outside thing going on. The Passage lantern was therefore an excellent choice for here too:

Kevin Reilly Passage lantern set 2

This final location shows how effective the Passage lantern can be in a location which is 100% indoors. The space is masculine, with the air of a study or a hunting lodge. It is quite pared down, with dark tones, including the wood panelling.  The Passage, with its own dark metal frame and strong, simple lines, has been hung low to pull the whole composition together.

Kevin Reilly Passage lantern set 3

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