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
CTO's display at lightjunction will include three designs, launched at Maison et Objet in January, that demonstrate their understanding of trends and of the UK market.
Braque, above, is a table light with a sculptural bronze base that recalls the slender, hand finished bronze work of Alberto Giacometti. Also, with its three offset feet, it could be a Martian that has come to visit, waiting patiently on the console table to be taken out for a walk....
Whereas the Heron floor-standing reading light is plain, minimalist. It is in a finish that is both traditional and appropriate for a light fitting of this kind. The result is that there is no interior into which it would not fit.
Let's hear it for good reading lights -- allowing the rest of the room to be in soft, dark shadow, with just the light from the flickering flames of the fire adding movement and warmth.
Nowadays, most dining tables have to be rectangular, sadly, rather than round. In lighting terms this implies a row of three pendants or a single rectangular pendant. CTO's Harvey is the latter.
Superficially, it is one of a class of dark brass frames that have clear glass, designed to show off the squirrel cage lamps inside. But, hugely popular as these lamps currently are, they are being phased out.
CTO have anticipated this by replacing the clear glass with a bronze tinted polycarbonate that will warm the light coming from whatever light sources we are allowed to use in the future and, by having a ribbed pattern in the polycarbonate, the profile of the lamp is broken up. So however dreary the State-imposed lamp may be, this pendant light will add interest to it.
In other words, three practical, well-made, carefully designed, well priced lights.