Blackbody's I.rain: new finishes

blackbody vast OLED i.rain lighting installation

In my opinion, the most successful design in Blackbody’s collection is the I.rain. Since they are the only people seriously offering decorative OLED solutions for interiors, this makes I.rain very significant.

It has to be considered whenever something rare and unique is required, whether the client would appreciate having something from lighting’s cutting-edge, or not.

I.rain installations are made up from what they call “pixels”. They can be any shape or size. Above is a really big one, and and here’s a much smaller one, made up of sixty one pixels:

blackbody lighting installation 61 pixels

You can see above what the classic pixel looks like. The excitement at Maison et Objet in January 2016 was Blackbody’s introduction of more decorative pixels.

There are four beautiful polished metal finishes: black nickel, brass, copper and chrome…

Blackbody i.rain pixel metal finishes

…plus a glass option!

Blackbody i.rain pixels in glass

These new versions cost about 42% more than the classic white pixel.

In fact, I.rain is priced more reasonably than you might think.

And, as we normally point out when an installation is made up of a lot of small pendants, one can adjust the total cost by adjusting the number of pendants. Fortunately, even when I.rain’s pixels are spaced far apart, they still create a great effect:

blackbody i.rain OLED light installation dowbn a stairwell

An important point for stairwells is that they look good from any angle: here the pixels are seen from above (there are 137 of them in total):

Blackbody i.rain OLED installation down a stairwell from above

Plus, I.rain is easier to specify than you might think. This is because they have a dedicated office that will work with you until you have the arrangement that is exactly right for your space, client and budget.

If, by their pricing and support, you think that they seem to be bending over backwards to help you, then – yes – you are right! This is new technology, and they want to make it as easy as possible for you.

This is what Cara Delevingne discovered: for her installation on Bali, it was agreed that she only needed two pixels, at slightly different heights...

Cara Delevigne in Bali with Blackbody pixels
blackbody OLED pixels from below
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Leading architect creates an important new design for Bover

Dome pendant light by Tagliabue for Bover

This is Dome, a new introduction from Bover in Barcelona. It was designed for them by Benedetta Tagliabue. Though Italian, she founded the studio EMBT in Barcelona with Enric Miralles, whom she later married.

Benedetta Tagliabue

© Paolo Fassini

EMBT’s portfolio ranges from office towers to public spaces via industrial design. They designed the Scottish Parliament building, during the construction of which Miralles died, so Benedetta Tagliabue completed it in sole control.

Highly regarded by the profession, she won the RIBA Sterling prize in 2005, is a member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize jury, and received the 2013 RIBA Jenks Award for her major contribution to both the theory and practice of architecture internationally. She is a visiting professor at Harvard and Columbia Universities, and at Barcelona ETSAB.

So what does such an eminent architect, used to working on a large scale, do when she designs a light fitting?

Dome comes in two sizes. The one in the image above is Ø90cm, and there is another one, double the size, at Ø180cm:

Dome 180 chandelier by Benedetta Tagliabue for Bover

The wooden structure is lit from above, from a housing that can be black (as above) or white.

This leaves the dome free to interact with the light around it, whatever its source. Instead of being a luminaire with a light inside it, Dome becomes an illuminated sculpture. Its deep ribs, and the gaps between them (that are sometimes empty, sometimes filled with a delicate translucent material), allow for the play of light and shadow as time passes, and as we move around it. The structure is unashamedly architectural, with its load-bearing ribs that not only create a cupola, but also continue on up to form a smaller inverted dome above. Part of the pleasure comes from appreciating its mathematical, geometric characteristics and the patterns that they create.

Dome suspension light by Benedetta Tagliabue for Bover

The final result was reached after making many models, and comprises 170 big and small wooden sections that are intertwined and sewn together by hand at Bover’s factory outside Barcelona.

It has a fantastic presence…

Dome pendant light Bover
Dome wooden chandelier Bover

…and clearly draws on Benedetta Tagliabue’s architectural thinking. For example, the Scottish Parliament building:

Scottish parliament interior

And the COPAGRI pavilion for the Milan Expo:

EMBT Copagri dome for expo milano by bendetta Tagliabue

Finally, do watch this joyous video of two amazing people at the top of their game, Benedetta Tagliabue and Joana Bover, chatting – and demonstrating the “feminine empathy” that lies behind the creation of Dome!

Bover wooden chandelier Dome
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Jan Pauwels' amazing feature lights for Quasar!

Quasar Universe Square chandelier

Is there a more unusual and eclectic collection of lights than Quasar’s? Have a look, at

They have beautiful, flexible, delicate collections designed by Jan Pauwels. See some exciting custom installations on his own web site, at

He uses wires to make shapes, that also connect tiny, star-like lights:

Quasar Universe square detail

Glass pieces can be added. Here is Universe Square (above) with glass rods added:

Quasar Universe Square pendant light with glass rods added

The result is the lightest, airiest feature light possible – and not obstructing any view!

Quasar Universe Square chandelier in interior

They don’t have to be square. They can have a random shape, like this version of Universe:

Quasar Universe random over a table

They can be round, and have spotlights added to increase the amount of light being cast, as in this Universe Disc:

Quasar Universe chandelier round with spot lights

The wires can be curved, as in Curled:

Quasar Universe Curled chandelier

Nobilis is the shape of a traditional chandelier:

Quasar Nobilis chandelier

So is Mira, this time with crystal drops added – so it becomes a "real" chandelier, but the lightest ever!

Quasar Mira chandeler
Quasar Mira chandelier detail

Philae is a delicate leaf shape…

Quasar Philae chandelier

…that can be made up into compositions:

Quasar Philae chandeliers in a group installation

Because Quasar make everything themselves, in their own factory, they are more than happy to do custom arrangements. The world’s you lobster, really! So do get in touch with us if you are looking to add some delicate enchantment to your project.

Like this...

Quasar Universe chaotic lighting installation
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Tobias Grau make the finest office lighting. Yes – really!

Tobias Grau XT-A PLUS 70  floor-standing office light

How can we possibly claim that Tobias Grau make the finest office lighting?

Well, let’s agree first that, logically, someone must! And that if anyone knows about fine lighting, it's us....

There are several characteristics that make their office lighting so special; but, in the end, it all come backs to Tobias Grau himself. He is one of a very select band of artist/designers whose exceptional abilities create unique collections for their eponymous lighting brands. Davide Groppi is another. And so is Enzo Catellani.

Tobias Grau’s lights are beautifully designed and impeccably made. (Yes, an office light can be gorgeous!) They are created to fulfil specific lighting requirements, so they are extremely practical and efficient. His was amongst the very first established decorative lighting companies to really get to grips with LED light sources, and it maintains that competitive edge.

The key principle of environmentally responsible lighting is that the light source must be as near as possible to the thing being lit. This is why lights should never be put in the ceiling except when it is unavoidable (for more on this, read my short post on the subject here).

Tobias Grau make pendants that hang from the ceiling, thus bringing the light source down:

Tobias Grau pendant office light

However, the most efficient designs are those that stand on the floor by a desk, or desks. They allow the light source to be lower still, and to be sited in the perfect location. The units can be moved – around the office or, if the whole office moves, to another building. Plus there are no installation costs — at all!

The most important element, though, is the degree to which the light can be controlled. Each can have its own motion and light sensors, be dimmable, and have its own remote control. This means that the light is only on when that desk is being used, and only as bright as is needed at that specific desk at any particular time.

These characteristics make redundant lighting control systems, that are costly to buy and install,  that can only react to the office space as a whole – and that are programmed by someone who is never going to use the office, before the office is even fitted out!

This is the XT-A PLUS 90:

Tobias Grau XT-A PLUS 90 floor-standing office light

Designed for a double workstation, it now has a rotatable head, plus improved efficiency and glare reduction.

The XT-A PLUS 70 is the single workstation version, shown at the top of this email.

Both are delivered with a 6mm deep flat C-shaped foot, so they will fit under any furniture.

The XT-A PLUS Tlights four workstations:

Tobias Grau XT-A PLUS T floor-standing office light

All provide highly uniform and targeted illumination of workstations.

Data sheets and photometric data (a DIALux plugin and a Relux download) are available from the web site.

Colour options include white/white, satin/white and satin/black. Some also come in chrome/white, chrome/black, and black/black.

Click on the names above to go to the relevant pages. Tobias Grau’s home page is here.

Now my claim that they make the best office lighting does not seem quite so far-fetched, does it!

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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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