sustainability

Maison et Objet: most endearing light -- Companion from Discipline

Discipline Companion task light by SmithMatthias Endearing. There are lights that are cute -- maybe they look like little people, or birds, or animals -- but Companion, IMHO, is not cute. Companion is endearing.

The Italian company producing it, Discipline, seem to think so too -- they point out that its "...animated look make it it an ideal desk companion, enjoyable and likeable" (hence the name!).

And the British couple who designed it, Jack Smith and Gemma Matthias, think of it as "engaging and elegant in appearance, intuitive and effortless in function".

But it is not just endearing, it is also an unobtrusively clever piece of design, because you don't see the cable at all, once it has entered the base. The power is carried invisibly up the ash structure to the lamp in the steel head.

I think that the version on their stand at Maison et Objet had ball joints that were different colours, but the versions listed for sale on the Discipline web site are black (see above) or red:

Discipline Companion task light by SnithMatthias red

Discipline is an interesting new brand launched as recently as April 2012. You may have seen them at designjunction during London Design Week. They only do this light and one other at the moment, but they already have quite a large catalogue of furniture, accessories, tableware and gifts from an impressive roster of designers that includes Marc Sadler, Claesson Koivisto Rune, James Irvine and Nendo. And there are more to come.

The unifying factor is that the materials used are sustainable: "Each product is built with materials selected for their self-regenerating properties, such as wood, cork, bamboo, glass, natural textiles and eco upholstering, obtained by sustainable production methods."

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New to the Light Finder: Atelier Areti

Atelier areti kirchschlag-close-up-grey-h Atelier Areti is a design studio based on strong principles.

"[It] is committed to the notion of sustainabillity through quality. The aim is to create products that last, both through the quality of the design and the material".

Their first introduction was the beautiful cut-glass Kirchschlag collection. Glass? Sustainable? With all the energy required by the furnaces? Well, yes, if the product is in use, and appreciated, for a long time, over which the cost of production can be amortized.

To ensure their prolonged use, the sisters Guillane and Gwendolyn Kerschbaumer, whose training is in art, architecture, product design and interior design, ensured three things.:

one, that the design was as beautiful as possible, and a classic shape that would never date:

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Atelier Areti Kirchschlag-pendant lights

They later added the power of the lens to create the Kalin collection:

Atelier Areti kaline-grey-shadow pendant light

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two: that the collection would perform as well as possible, by working with an expert in lighting.

three: that the collection would be as well-made as possible, by seeking out the finest European craftspeople -- the experts in their field -- to create it.

Here, for example, is the glass...

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...made and engraved in these workshops in Sweden...

Swedish glassblowing building Atelier Areti

...using these tools:

Swedish glass blowers's tools Atelier Areti

The collection is growing. see our previous post about the cute, yet efficient, Alouette and Cone lights. Since it was written, a brass inner  finish has been added for the Cone lights:

atelier areti cone applique white brass

Other lights in the collection play with simple geometric forms and arrangements, creating sculptural objects whilst being highly functional.

The Mimosa pendant, for example, offers a soft yet strong light from its nineteen frosted glass balls randomly placed on a rod:

Aterlier Areti mimosa chandelier

while the Hook Lamp...

Atelier Areti hook-light pendant light wall light

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...is an informal celebration of the light bulb that, thanks to the hook,  can hang in a location that is not determined by the power outlet.

Atlier Areti vertical floor light spot light.

There is agood interview with the sisters in the blog You have been here sometime.

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