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DECORATIVE LIGHTING IN ARCHITECTURE #31 MAY/JUN 2019

EUROLUCE REVIEW MASQUESPACIO STUDIO ACOUSTIC LIGHTING BERLIN BAR • TORNO SUBITO • FUNICAMP • OUTDOOR LIGHTING • CERNO GROUP • LORENZO TRUANT • REFLECTIONS SERIES


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C E L E B R AT I N G T E N Y E A R S O F D E S I G N I N G AND MANUFACTURING LIGHTING IN CALIFORNIA

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HELEN ANKERS • EDITOR As you flick through the pages of our latest issue you will notice there is a strong focus on Milan Design Week, with coverage taking up a good third of the magazine. The darc team had a brilliant time in Milan - it was amazing to see the magazine so well received and it was great to catch up with associates from the design community old and new. There was some strong lighting offerings on show at both Euroluce and a number of pop up events around the Brera and Tortona design districts. Both acoustic and outdoor lighting appeared to make their mark on the week, with a number of launches from various manufacturers. As such we bring you features dedicated to both. On page 44 Kim Höglund, Department Head Lighting Design at Tyréns in Sweden, discusses how exterior lighting design can be decorative yet functional and how, as a lighting designer, this should always be the main goal; while interior designers JOI-Design discuss the benefits of combining acoustic materials with lighting fixtures for commercial and hospitality projects on page 58. We also have an interview with Jason Bird of Luxxbox on page 70, where he discusses his recent work with Panzeri on acoustic lighting fixture Zig Zag, as well as this we bring you a selection of outdoor lighting projects and products to inspire your next exterior designs from page 48 onwards. If you didn't get chance to visit Euroluce this year, head straight to page 72 for our round-up of lighting launches - you might want to set some time aside, put your feet up with a coffee and grab a slice of your favourite cake to get through it all, it's a hefty one! We have mixed it up a bit with some designer interviews thrown in for good measure, so hopefully you will find it an inspiring read and a useful reference tool for your next project! The decorative lighting industry certainly came out in force in Milan and there was plenty to keep us occupied outside of the show as well - with a new lighting launch from Stellar Works, installations from Curiousa & Curiousa and Lambert & Fils, and showroom events from Kreon and Deltalight to name but a few; coverage on the pop up events can be found from page 98 onwards. We have unfortunately had to reduce the number of projects featured in this issue in order to get everything in, having said that - the projects featured will still provide you with some lighting inspiration. Such as our focus on Torno Subito from Bishop Design on page 12 and Stone Design's work on the Funicamp ski resort on page 20. Our next issue will be handed over to 3d, our annual decorative design directory. If you're a manufacturer and interested in getting featured, let me know!

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006 Interview

Masquespacio discuss the perks of working in Spain.

012 Project

032 Product Launch

Torno Subito restaurant from Bishop Design Studio.

REGULARS

A closer look at Delta Light's Reflections range.

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044 FEATURE | OUTDOOR LIGHTING Kim Höglund of Tyréns discusses how exterior lighting design can be decorative yet functional and how, as a lighting designer, this should always be the main goal.

012 TORNO SUBITO Bishop Design Studio uses a playful mix of colour and lighting to bring the vision of Italian Michelin star chef, Massimo Bottura to life.

048 CASE STUDIES | OUTDOOR LIGHTING As the evening's become longer, our attention turns to the great outdoors and how lighting can be used to create atmospheric garden spaces.

020 FUNICAMP SKI RESORT Stone Designs tranforms a barren transitioning point at the Grandvalira in the Pyrenees Mountains into Funicamp, a vibrant warm hub of actvity reminscent of Everest's Basecamp.

055 FEATURE | ACOUSTIC LIGHTING JOI-Design discuss the use of acoustic lighting in commercial and hospitality projects. 062 CASE STUDIES | ACOUSTIC LIGHTING The acoustics of a space are just as important as the lighting, get either of them wrong and the entire space is thrown off. 072 ON SHOW | MILAN DESIGN WEEK All the lighting launches from Euroluce, Tortona and Brera Design Districts.

055 Feature

When acoustics and lighting design combine.

028 BERLIN BAR Architect and Interior Designer Thilo Reich brings European design influence to Moscow with his latest restaurant bar design.

030 PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL Catellani & Smith shapes the light of Casa Melagrana, a house combining traditional building methods and artisanal lighting to help channel its rustic Elban heritage.

114 CALENDARC The must-attend international design shows for 2019

006 INTERVIEW | MASQUESPACIO Belgian-Colombian design duo Christophe Penasse and Ana Milena Hernández Palacios of Valencia-based practice Masquespacio discuss the perks of working in Spain and why they believe that, when it comes to their success, more might mean less. 022 MATERIALS | CERNO GROUP At the core of Cerno’s business is a friendship that dates back to childhood with the three founders growing up in Laguna Beach. darc spoke with designer and co-founder Nick Sheridan about his passion for modernism and how that plays a role in the studio today. 032 PRODUCT LAUNCH | REFLECTIONS Delta Light's new lighting range makes use of the brand's experience in light technology in a more decorative way. 032 PROFILE | LORENZO TRUANT One of Italy's most innovative and orginal designers, Lorenzo Truant discuss his journey from inquisitve student to master lighting designer, as well as the inpisration that is embued into all of his projects.

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Growing Small Belgian-Colombian design duo Christophe Penasse and Ana Milena Hernández Palacios of Valenciabased practice Masquespacio speak to Maria Elena Oberti about the perks of working in Spain and why they believe that, when it comes to their success, more might mean less. Images: Cualiti Photo Studio & Luis Beltran

Christophe Penasse: “Ana and I met at a bar in Valencia, where she was working as a waitress. I went in for a drink one night and saw her there, and well, as they say, the rest is history. We’ve been together ever since. We opened our studio together in 2010, during the worst economical crisis to hit modern Spain. Ana had just finished her design degree and I was working for Makro, a supermarket chain from Germany, but wasn’t enjoying it. She needed work and I wanted a change, so we decided to open a design practice together.” Ana Milena Hernández Palacios: “We were completely crazy!’ (laughs). ” CP: “It maybe wasn’t the best time to start a studio, no, but we did it anyway. There weren’t a lot of opportunities at the time, especially in interior design. The few jobs on the market were more technical, and that has never been Ana’s strong suit. She needs to be creating. So, we decided to invent work for ourselves, and opened our design studio. We started out designing low cost houses and apartments. We were in the middle of a crisis, so from a business perspective, that was the direction that made most sense to us. “Our very first project was an apartment. You can still see it on our website. We aren’t very proud of it, design-wise, but we keep it on our website because it reminds us of where we started. It was an important project for us because it made us

realise that the direction we were heading in wasn’t the one we wanted. One day the client came to us with a statue of an animal, and we just knew we were done.” AMHP: “We realised that residential design is much more about decoration than design. You need to adapt your style to match that of your client’s, so in the end it’s very difficult to be creative.” CP: “From the moment we saw that statue we knew we needed to focus our energy on other things. We did everything, from interiors, to graphic design to art direction. We needed to build our portfolio in the beginning, so we did whatever design jobs we could get our hands on. Now that things are different, and we have more choice, we want to focus only on product and interior design. That’s where our true passion lies.” AMHP: “Those first years were horrible, with very little money and a lot of work. It was difficult, but we are what we are today because of it; it’s part of our identity. It’s really amazing to think how much has changed over the last nine years. Things have moved so fast. We started off just the two of us, and now we’re a studio of nine people!” CP: “We’ve grown a lot, but we also want to be careful not to grow too big. We can’t do both, grow and be authentic at the same time. Authenticity is something we think about a lot these days, especially now that we’re very busy. “Lately we’ve been working on projects

with very fast turnarounds. For example, we just started work on a new co-working space in Madrid. It’s a massive project, roughly 3,500sqm. We have only fifteen days to develop and deliver a design. It’s crazy. We’ve been waiting a long time for this, so we are managing it and enjoying it, but this isn’t ideally how we want to work.” AMHP: “We’ve been very lucky to be able to work on a number of big projects, but moving forward we’d like to start doing less. We want to focus our energy on being more authentic, and to us that means working with fewer clients. Fewer clients means more time, and time is what we need to reach the quality of designs we ultimately want to be doing.” CP: “Everything we do comes from Ana. As the designer, she is behind everything Masquespacio creates. But, she is also only one person and can only handle a handful of projects at a time.” AMHP: “I have a team of assistants helping me, but I am the one doing all the designing. I think that’s one of the reasons why people come to us. We give something that is more personal. It’s created by one person. Even if I could do fifteen projects at a time, we’d risk losing something. We would lose our focus and our soul as Masquespacio.” CP: “Ana and I are Masquespacio. We’re a perfect team because we compliment one another. She takes care of design and I do all the communication and marketing. We


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love working together and have a great dynamic. We have our own areas, but our visions always match. Even when we disagree, we know we’re heading in the same direction. “Everything we do as a studio is bespoke, we customise everything. The only thing we don’t customise are the functional lights. Not because it isn’t possible, but because we need more time for that. But the decorative lights, and everything else, we do custom. It’s what makes our projects more authentic, they’ll never be a copy of something else.” AMHP: “I love working with light because it has the potential to move us. Soon we’ll be completing a new project that is all about light. It’s very extensive and is taking us a lot of time to complete. We can’t share too much at the moment, but what we can say is that it’s going to be a culinary experience centred around light.” CP: “The nice thing about designing lamps is that you don’t have a ton of requirements, so it’s easy to have something custom made. That’s one of the reasons why almost all of our custom designs also involve lighting.” AMHP: “Designing lights is my hobby. We’ve designed two commercial lights so far. The first was Shade for Raco. It’s a big, big lamp made out of a lot of different contrasting materials. We wanted to make an artisanal lamp that couldn’t be copied, using materials - raffia, leather, marble and

brass - that have never been combined in a lamp.” CP: “Photos really don’t do the materials justice. It’s not selling a tonne, which is a shame, because it’s a very interesting lamp. Our second lamp, Wink though, (pictured left) is doing extremely well.” AMHP: “I love, love, love Wink! It’s by far my favourite of all the lights we’ve done. I actually designed Wink without the intention of creating a product. The founder of Houtique asked us to do a store for him, and Wink was something I made to decorate the interior. I didn’t like what Houtique was selling, so I created a light to decorate the store and help sell their furniture. The store never got built, but the owner liked Wink, so we decided to see whether we could turn it into a product. And, bingo, it worked and did really well. “What makes Wink so successful, I think, is that it’s very simple, but expresses something very strong. It makes people smile. I think that when it comes to design, people want emotion. They want to see designs that tell a story. That’s the power of really well designed interiors. They trigger an emotion and take you on a journey.” CP: “Wink has done very well, but I wouldn’t say we have a particular milestone project. Everything has happened step by step, probably because we are in Valencia. I’m sure things would have gone differently had we been in a big city like Madrid. Things would have definitely happened

faster, but we also wouldn’t have had the same opportunities. People here believed in us. I think that’s what makes the people in Spain so special. They are much more open than, say, in Belgium, the place where I’m from.They gave us opportunities that I don’t think would have been possible for us at the start had we been somewhere else.” AMHP: “We started our studio in Spain mostly because of our circumstances. We met in Spain and were living in Spain, so we stayed. We weren’t thinking of other countries back then. We wouldn’t have chosen Valencia today, but Valencia was were it all started for us.” CP: “We’ve been thinking about opening another studio for many years now, possibly in Madrid. Valencia is a small city, so in a way it’s a bit limiting, especially now that we’re working increasingly outside of Spain. We also feel like we have the potential to be doing a lot more than we are at the moment, and maybe Valencia isn’t the right city to explore that. That said, working from Valencia is really easy, and there are a lot of other artists, like Jaime Hayon, who live and work here and still do things on an international level.” AMHP: “Working in Spain has a lot of benefits, particularly for us as designers. It’s easy to get things made here. Much like Italy and Portugal, Spain is a country of artisans. So, it’s very convenient for us to stay here and produce our designs. But, as you know, the economy isn’t very good


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here. €10 in Spain will get you an amazing three course meal in a superb location. It’s a fantastic quality of life for a very low price. Spain offers a wonderful lifestyle, but as business owners, it’s not ideal. Investments are smaller and there is less production.” CP: “Something else we’ve found is that people in Spain aren’t used to working with designers. It’s not like in Germany or in the Netherlands, where people understand the value of good design, and are willing to pay for it. To them it’s very normal to hire a designer, to trust in their expertise, but for many people here it’s still something new. This is something a lot of new designers in Spain struggle with. “I think that as designers people don’t always understand the value of your work. That’s the biggest challenge, and has been since the beginning for us. As a designer you need to believe in what you are doing and be willing to fight for it. We’ve been doing this since the start. Things are much easier

for us now, but in the beginning we really had to work hard to convince our clients of what we were trying to achieve. “A project that could really change things for us is Land, which we recently presented for Poggi Ugo at Salone del Mobile in Milan. People often ask us what project has been the most important for our career, and this one could be it. To have a physical presence in Milan is very important as it offers you a window to the world.” AMHP: “We’d like to keep doing more of what we did in Italy. It’s exactly how we’d like to be working. We started out by adapting our style to our clients’, but now we finally have clients coming to us for our style. It’s something we’ve wanted for years. I really think this could be our moment.” masquespacio.com

Opening spread Design duo Christophe Penasse and Ana Milena Hernández Palacios of Valencia-based practice Masquespacio Previous page The collaboration between Masquespacio and Houtique resulted in the Wink lamp collection along with numerous furniture items. Wink is composed of different elements that remind us of the past and to the future, winking to the use of fringing and gold. Pictured here is the latest floor version of Wink. This page After the strategic rebrand of decorative lighting company RACO, Masquespacio designed Shade, a new lamp that formed part of the new collection. The design from Masquespacio seeks its inspiration through the shadows of our lives projected by the Mediterranean light. Shade creates a strong contrast between materials that are not usual in the lighting sector, combining raffia, leather, marble and brass, while it shows characteristics from postmodernism.


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Beach Life Torno Subito is a metaphysical manifestation of beachside days, reminiscent of Rimini's coastal playground in the 1950s and 60s. Bishop Design uses a playful mix of colour and lighting to bring the vision of Italian Michelin star chef, Massimo Bottura to life. Images: Courtesy of Bishop Design


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Interior design studio Bishop Design used intricate structures of decorative lighting to bring the Torno Subito restaurant to life as the newest addition to Starwood’s W hotel on Palm Jumeirah beach in Dubai. Commencing the project in late 2016, the studio’s founder Paul Bishop and his team handed over the full interior design package within just four months. With the ongoing construction of the W Hotel, the venue made its long-awaited debut in January this year. Paul Bishop led the project to design the new eatery, linking each element to the values of the restaurant’s world famed Italian Michelin star chef, Massimo Bottura. Speaking with darc, he says: “The brief was quite simply to realise the sentiment of Massimo having fun. It was to be a metaphysical manifestation of beachside days reminiscent of Rimini’s coastal playground of the 1950s and 60s, an Italian seaside town where Bottura grew up and

now hosts annual food festivals. “We wanted to capture fun-filled days enjoying amazing food, drinks and ultimate relaxation. The interiors are current, bold, avant-garde and playful, yet evocative of days passed. They are cinematic and culminate in a visual journey that was achieved through diverse materials and interior installations evoking memories and collections of objects.” Despite the long build time, the brief didn’t really change throughout the project, but rather the team’s perception of the brief developed in terms of how they could successfully translate it into an interior concept. Bishop says: “We conjured up multiple ideas, testing varying solutions, but it was also essential that the functionality wasn’t overlooked. I think we managed to establish a perfect equilibrium between aesthetic and function.” The main challenge for Bishop and the team lay in working with such a passionate

individual such as Massimo. “It was evident from the beginning that Massimo had an amazing vision and to be trusted to transform that vision into reality was beyond inspiring, yet incredibly daunting,” he admits. “As the restaurant was also to become Massimo’s first gastronomical venture outside of Italy, developing a concept for Dubai that also remained true to its cultural origins potentially posed the challenge of appearing fake and contrived.” Taking inspiration from Massimo’s vision, all decorative lighting features within the space were selected for their fun and playful characteristics. They perfectly establish the evocative narrative that Massimo desired from the very outset of the project. The lighting aims to enliven the space and animate it not only as a visual but also as an emotional journey through bygone days. “Decorative lighting was an integral part of the venue’s DNA as it stood to create


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playful contributions to its overall spirit, highlighting other fundamental design elements within,” says Bishop. Polaroid photos hang down suspended from the ceiling, showing black and white images of Italian beaches, as well as photos of guests taken from the integrated photo booth. Lighting has been used here to cast shadows across the ceiling and wall surfaces, creating dynamic patterns that enhance the space. Bishop continues: “Within the venue are multiple spatial offerings each with their own independent, individual spirit. They each encourage a multitude of different scenarios that animate each space in a slightly different way.” Upon entering, guests encounter a playful illumination of backlit exit signs and traditional Edison lamps through to LED neon and pendant lighting reminiscent of oversized beach balls. “We have also thoughtfully integrated a bespoke structural

lighting matrix adorned with Mineheart’s Gold King Edison pendant lamps to create a light-hearted Italian food market atmosphere,” says Bishop. “There are also wall-mounted Anglepoise lights in the banquette seating areas.” An intelligent use of both indirect and directional fixtures placed mindfully in the venue animate the visual features overhead, creating a refraction of light over various textural surfaces. The spacious entrance leads diners through to the dolce counter, main bar, as well as formal and casual seating areas, each with a carefully considered lighting scheme that elevates the individual zones and brings them together as a whole restaurant. Bishop explains: “This was achieved through implementing a dimmable DALI system so the desired lighting levels within could be set throughout the course of the day’s transition from afternoon through to an evening setting.

“We elaborated on this outside as well, where we were challenged to work with the existing architectural lighting of the hotel. We pushed hard to find a very carefully considered balance between our ideas for visual enhancement and what was already there to bring these external spaces together in synergy as well.” As the project progressed, the team also faced electrical constraints. “We had to be extremely conscious that the solutions we presented didn’t compromise our design vision,” continues Bishop. “We tackled these apparent disadvantages in structure by suspending layers within spaces, creating visual intrigue that worked with our goals. Restrictions also came with the electrical load, specially for the external terrace, which pushed us to rely heavily on overspill light flooding from the interior to highlight this particular area.” The lighting pieces are an integral element in the storytelling of ideas behind Torno



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Subito’s interior scheme. “The quirky pieces harmonise naturally with the bold melange of colour and the eclectic furniture elements, culminating in an ultimately engaging journey through Massimo’s memories.” In reflecting on his overall impression of the design, Bishop tells darc, his team really managed to capture every detail that they set out to achieve. “An incredibly meticulous approach was adopted throughout the entirety of the project whereby no detail, no matter how minute, was left untouched. We have successfully transformed Massimo’s vision into reality, realising his thoughts and memories through this truly current and unique venue.” Torno Subito sets an unprecedented standard of dining experiences within the region through its ultimately enchanting narrative and luxurious food offering. With an honest Italian soul and a sophisticated but laidback atmosphere, the venue offers a refreshing escape from conventional F&B venues. “Torno’s joyful spirit is unrivalled and to be

able to contribute to such a revolutionary project is something I am incredibly grateful for,” says Bishop. Although the team at Bishop Design could have benefitted greater flexibility in regards to the electrical and spatial constraints in certain areas, it became evident that the direction and approach worked perfectly in the end to achieve the desired narrative. “We’ve been able to cleverly disguise the encountered restrictions to create an ultimately diverse perspective, aesthetically wonderful yet always remaining mindful of functional necessities.” As a result, Torno Subito encourages its clientele to venture in for a meal or a drink, allowing them to interact with its interior as the day transcends into night, wilfully relaxing as the sun sets and the beachfront takes centre stage. wearebishopdesign.com

design details TORNO SUBITO, DUBAI, UAE CLIENT: MASSIMO BOTTURA INTERIOR & LIGHTING DESIGN: BISHOP DESIGN LIGHTING SPECIFIED: MINEHEART; ANGLEPOISE & BESPOKE FIXTURES WERE USED THROUGHOUT

Upon entering guests are exposed to a playful illumination of backlit exit signs and traditional Edison lamps through to LED neon and pendant lighting reminiscent of oversized beach balls. Design Bishop has also thoughtfully integrated a bespoke structural matrix supporting Mineheart’s Gold King Edison pendant lamps in the creation of a lighthearted Italian food market atmosphere, as well as intelligently wall-mounted Anglepoise lighting in the banquette seating areas.


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Frontier Design With a limited time frame, Stone Designs tranforms a barren transitioning point at the Grandvalira in the Pyrenees Mountains into Funicamp, a vibrant warm hub of actvity reminscent of Everest's Basecamp. Images: Alberto Monteagudo

Stone Designs is no stranger to interior lighting and architectural design, having been established for nearly 25 years. With a wealth of experience spanning over two decades, and an emphasis on approaching project design with a human focus thesStudio’s expertise coupled with its unique and endearing aesthetic focus came into play with the completion of its latest project, Funicamp. Nestled in the Pyrenees mountains, Funicamp, part of the Granvalira - is the biggest ski resort in Southern Europe. Stone Designs had already been designing various spaces for the Grandvalira for a number of years, and as such was drafted in to transform what was formally a crossing point into an appealing space for skiers. The design concept for Funicamp was inspired by the Everest base camp, and so too are the architectural and decorative lighting elements. This was achieved using a variety of lighting fixtures within the multiple functional spaces that make Funicamp, and as such bring a slight variation to the overall general base camp aesthetic. This is clearly emphasised in the restaurant area, where Asteroid fixtures from Innermost with their hard angular and white edges evoke connotations of mountain ice and inject an artificially wild and rugged element to this bastion of tourism. Stupa fixtures, also from Innermost, are visually similar to the ceilings of Tibetan temples found around the mountainous landscape. The installation made use of climbing rope, bespoke made for the the project, which hangs illuminated from the ceiling like a mountaineer’s paradise. Further helping to conjure scenes from the famous mountain vista are Foracami fixtures from &Tradition with their oriental rounded shape, reminiscent of Chinese paper lanterns. Additionally, Grain fixtures from Muuto were used due to the warm radiant light emitted

whilst simultaneously soaking up a minimal amount of visual real-estate. The locker area was a vicinity that the designers wished to draw less attention to, this was done through the use of spotlighting to accentuate the crossing areas, as well as highlight bespoke furniture such as the benches between lockers and leaving the lockers’ doors in darkness, as to respect the privacy of the users. The lighting in the shop predominately consists of architectural spotlighting, providing a warm and almost amber hue when reflected off the wood panelling of the walls and ceiling. The counter is illuminated with Ireland fixtures that were designed for Grupo B.Lux, in order to make it stand out from the rest of the shop. The entrance and information points are entirely spot lit in order to frame all the areas that have been redesigned. As parts of the building had been left untouched during the design overhaul, Stone Designs opted for spotlighting in specific points to accentuate the various spaces as well as generate a sense of depth within Grandvalira. This deliberate lighting style was done to evoke a scenographic character and reinforce the perforce spectacle of being in an Everest-esc base camp, whilst drawing attention away from the areas that had not been touched. This was done by integrating architectural lighting into as as many decorative elements as possible, helping to efficiently light such a grand space and further add to the illusion that one is immersed in an extravagant frontier space as opposed to a commercial arena for tourists. Just like the mountaineers waiting at base camp to ascend Everest, the designers at Stone Designs had their own challenges to conquer when crafting such a visually distinctive environment. This came in the form of transforming a spartan, cold and

impractical space constructed of slate into a warm, cozy and alluring hub of activity. While there were no structural constraints for the design team to navigate, one challenge they did have to get around, was the daylight being reflected off the snow, which made it difficult to Illuminate certain spaces because of the light contamination. Stone Designs commented on the evocative space they created within what was previously a blank shell of a building, telling darc:“Thanks to the theme and concept that we chose for the project, it ended up being much more colourful than we had planned at the beginning. The contrasts are stronger between the restoration areas and the lockers and that helps to differentiate them.” With only three months from the project’s conceptualisation through to completion, it is clear that Stone Designs has taken the cultural mise-se-scene of the Nepalese and Tibetan areas and expanded upon it at a phenomenal pace, culminating in Funicamp, a summit truly scaled. www.stone-dsgns.com

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Making Waves At the core of Cerno’s business is a friendship that dates back to childhood with the three founders growing up in Laguna Beach. Helen Ankers spoke with designer and co-founder Nick Sheridan about his passion for modernism and how that plays a role in the studio today.


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Cerno is a modern lighting design studio based in southern California. Founded in 2009 by childhood friends Bret Englander, Daniel Wacholder and Nick Sheridan, 2019 marks Cerno’s ten-year anniversary. At the forefront of LED lighting design, the Cerno team always aims to strike a balance between contemporary design and modern craftsmanship, that is forever inspired by their Californian upbringing. Holding true to their design principles of respecting the process and materials, while building a strong manufacturing team, Cerno is vertically integrated – they design and manufacture everything under one roof in Irvine, CA. Cerno’s lead designer Nick Sheridan grew up in a small town of Laguna Beach. Exposed to woodworking from a young age by his father, who was in the construction trade, he tells darc how he still remembers the homemade ping-pong table that doubled up as their workbench. “I was always drawing when I was younger,” he says. “Doodles, sketching from observation, but also designing objects. I remember drawing elements of my dad’s

projects as early as middle school. I’m not sure I realised then that I was so in love with design, but it’s clear now that the passion was already there. “One of the first projects Daniel, Bret and I worked on together was a small wooden boat we built in my yard at home, when my dad heard about our plan to build a boat from scratch, he simply said, ‘well first you need to draw it.’ I always remember that moment when I realised the relationship between designing and building. For me, the design is as much about the building of an object as it is composing drawings depicting an object.” Growing up in a craftsman style bungalow Sheridan's father had filled with Greene & Greene detailing and Stickley furniture, instilled an understanding and appreciation of great craftsmanship in Sheridan. Studying architecture at college, a one-year stint in Florence, Italy, was to be a transformative experience. “Once I was immersed in architecture I fell in love with modernism,” he tells darc. “I loved the rationality of modern designs and quickly became consumed with the works of

Mies Van Der Rohe and Le Corbusier among others. It is these great modernist architects who continue to be a primary source of inspiration for me. “While in my heart I feel I am a modernist, as it applies to our designs at Cerno, we do certainly stray into more contemporary designs as well. I strive to design clean and modern fixtures. “People say certain products in the Cerno line share aspects of Japanese design, while others have mentioned our work has more of a modern Danish aesthetic.” The latest design Penna is influenced by a number of ideas, which all culminate in its final form. For Sheridan, the Penna was a challenge to resolve. “The leather suspension and brass hardware details are borrowed from old world vernacular and harken back to a time that we find a lot of inspiration from,” he says. “The design has a largely utilitarian composition, but through detailing and execution, the fixture exudes a sense of elegance and sophistication. It is in the reconciliation of these contrasting ideas where you find the final fixture - by working



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through the design process, with the whole team until it feels just right.” Sheridan tells darc that when designing Penna, he wanted to illuminate the wood body of the fixture to showcase the grain with a continuous linear light source that would deliver diffuse ample light. “The way the sloped wood body emulated the sloped leather strapping used in the fixture’s suspension creates harmony and balance in the fixture’s silhouette,” he says. Their first time using leather in a product, Cerno spent a lot of time finding the right type for the application. Along with sourcing, they also had the challenge of figuring out how the leather interfaced with the fixture body and the suspension cords. “We wanted to celebrate and expose these connections,” continues Sheridan. “The use of brass and leather together struck a cord from the beginning and helped inform subsequent development. There is a conscious nod to tradition in the Penna, which is balanced with the overall contemporary design of the piece.” A separate challenge for the design team, was creating Penna’s faceted diffuser.

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Having never produced such a long continuous diffuser, the Cerno team knew they needed to get it right and as such developed a new technique, which will now be used in other fixtures. Designed for use in myriad applications, the Penna collection is made up of a sconce and pendant. The pendant is ideal over kitchen islands, dining room tables and in conference rooms, while the sconce is easily applied to large-scale spaces. With the Penna range launching at this year’s ICFF New York; a new outdoor lighting range in the pipeline; and a vanity light fixture soon to be released, Cerno is continuing to make waves in the lighting scene and they’re certainly ones to look out for moving forward. Concluding Sheridan tells darc:“I’m so appreciative of our entire team that works so hard day in, day out to help realise our designs. Being a vertically integrated manufacturer with everything designed and made under one roof is core to who we are.” cernogroup.com

Opening spread Left to right Cerno founders Daniel Wacholder, Bret Englander and Nick Sheridan. Previous page The childhood friends' first project together was a small wooden boat built in Nick's yard at home. When his dad heard about their plan to build a boat from scratch, he pointed out they needed to draw it first. This was the first time Sheridan realised the relationship between designing and building. This page Cerno's latest design Penna is influenced by a number of ideas, which all culminate in its final form. The body of the fixture is illuminated with a continuous linear light source in order to showcase the grain of the wood. This is also the first time Cerno has used leather in a product and the team spent a lot of time finding the right type for the application.


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A Slice of Berlin in Moscow Architect and Interior Designer Thilo Reich brings European design influence to Moscow with his latest restaurant bar design. images: Ivan Erofeev

Almost 30 years after the fall of the wall, Berlin is still a synonym for dynamic change, for culture, free spaces, and for a nightlife without limits. Invited by gastronomes to design a 'Berlin Bar' in Moscow, Berlin-based architect Thilo Reich proposed a radical yet poetic translation. With a degree in architecture from the Technische Universität Berlin and extensive experience with individual projects, Reich's work ranges from furniture to urban design, with a strong focus on unique characteristics. His goal is to create innovative spaces that combine modern concepts with personality, cultural awareness and comfort - this ethos was clearly channeled into his latest design efforts in Moscow.

Sitting down with darc, he explained the brief behind the project: “The client was looking for a Berlin interior designer and contacted me after a publication about another bar we designed - asking me to fly over to get to know them. “Initially, we were asked to design a bar. However, during our first trip to Moscow we visited lots of bars and other nightlife places and realised it is common to serve food in bars – so the brief changed into designing a restaurant.” This concept finally evolved into a barrestaurant hybrid after it was agreed that DJs from Berlin would be regularly flown in to perform. Reich's concept transfers a public space

of Berlin into an interior space of Moscow, creating a social space with concrete wall reliefs of Berlin pavements. Castings of pavement segments are used in the restaurant and include public places in Berlin relate to the exchange and history between Germany's capital and Moscow. The design concept connects Berlin with Moscow and yet with the roughness of the grey wall paneling and minimalistic use of concrete, is in contrast to the often colourful and golden interiors of gastronomical establishments in Moscow. Much of the architectural elements, which hark back to the cultural aesthetics’ of Berlin are not only cosmetic, but are shipped from the city itself.


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Reich comments: “The main challenge with this project was convincing the client to use as many original products and materials from Berlin as possible in order to create an authentic surrounding and feeling and I feel like this was ultimately achieved. “Cultural motifs and designs that are unique to Berlin are seen in the patterns and arrangements of the pavement stones used for the table tops and the bar.” Berlin’s urban street elements act as a script for the design of the bar and run through the entire design concept. A narrative that consequently picks up on traces and moments of Berlin life. This is also true of the restaurant's lighting - the decorative fixtures, which on first view are glowing and winding bands of light weaving through the room. These are made of modules from East-Berlin street lights, bespoke made by Reich himself. Decorative lighting plays an integral part in the Moscow project as Reich explained: “The bended glass pieces hang on strings underneath a cubic black timber structure in which spotlights are hidden. It was important to see only the reflecting light in the glass and not the light source itself as we wanted

to create a dark but well lit cosy place. Next to the functional lights we needed something atmospheric with a soft form that is a contrast to the cubic concrete forms. “The architectural lighting elements illuminate the concrete tables and counter surface, while the decorative lights create interesting reflections and a soft glimmer of light over the guests' faces.” In the spacial design, past and present, history and snapshots are closely entwined. The Berlin Bar in Moscow recalls the historic connection between the two cities and equally celebrates Berlin’s present, the unfinished, the rough, the urban. Concluding, Reich tells darc: “We believe in the uniqueness of material and it’s effect on us. Reusing and upcycling material for furniture and lighting helped us to create an authentic atmosphere for this project – not too polished and new but with a patina and substance.” www.thiloreich.com

design details BERLIN BAR, MOSCOW, RUSSIA INTERIOR DESIGN: THILO REICH LIGHTING SPECIFIED: BESPOKE PIECES


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The Shape of Light Catellani & Smith shapes the light of Casa Melagrana, a house combining traditional building methods and artisanal lighting to help channel its rustic Elban heritage. Images: Adriano Bacchella

Nestled on the island's western coast, known as Costa del Sole, is the picturesque village of Seccheto, and, perched atop a hill, stands the delightful Casa Melagrana, a traditional Elban house built in a minimal style that makes ample use of natural, local materials. The rustic atmosphere, dominated by the warm tones of ocher and amber, is enhanced by Catellani & Smith through an array of lamps that are more than mere lighting

devices, revealing the spirit and the importance of artisanal craftsmanship. Throughout the 100sqm surface of Casa Melagrana, an assortment of lighting creations combine to sketch out a sort of emotional and sensory journey, where light becomes art in the eyes of those who know how to look. The foyer features a large TurciĂš piece, with flexible brass arms that can be twisted and intertwined at

will. Entering the home, we get a striking impression of spaciousness thanks to an open-plan arrangement skillfully divided between the kitchen, the cozy living area and the quaint mezzanine created during the renovation of the roof. The living room houses the pendant Fil de Fer lamp, a mass of meandering aluminum wire anodised in gold colour and dotted with tiny light sources, while the kitchen is lit


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by a suspended Lucenera composition in black carbon. On the mezzanine, the warm and welcoming mood is created by a Wa Wa fixture with brass base and structure, copper sticks, and luminous glass lenses that paint fascinating light circles on the wall. The perfection of the circle recurs again in the other piece chosen for this space, Sorry Giotto, displayed in a table version. The hand-painted blue iron ring conceals within it small LED sources which illuminate the pure and essential shape. Continue towards the sleeping quarters, the jagged light effects of the PostKrisi collection can be encountered. A PostKrisi 49 lamp, in handpainted white fiberglass with gold-leaf inner

coating, delicately descends from the ceiling with a bewitchingly imperfect effect, as light seeps out of the lampshade's irregular fringes. To the side of the bed, instead, stands a PostKrisi F64 made of two fiberglass hemispheres that trap light inside, only to diffuse it onto the wall through the uneven and intermittent opening. Finally, both the bedroom area and living area welcome the discreet beauty of Sweet Light, a small luminous sphere in brasscolored aluminum wire that features a convenient touch-dimming system. www.catellanismith.com

design details PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL, SECHETTO, ITALY LIGHTING SPECIFIED: CATELLANI & SMITH POSTKRISI F64 FLOOR LIGHT; TURCIU CEILING FIXTURE, FIL DE FER PENDANT; SORRY GIOTTO TABLE LAMP; POSTKRISI 49 PENDANT; SWEET LIGHT TABLE LAMP


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A Poetic Expression Delta Light's new lighting range Reflections makes use of the brand's experience in light technology in a more decorative way. In an exclusive interview with darc's Editor Helen Ankers, Maarten Demunster expands on the concept behind the range.


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Delta Light is known worldwide for its technical, architectural lighting applied by architects and designers within the specification market. To further expand its offering, the Belgium-based company is upping its decorative solutions, with more expressive designs, resulting in bold new shapes, finishes and colours. The recently launched Reflections collection aims to give specifiers the opportunity to combine both Delta Light architectural and decorative lighting solutions in their projects. Made up of three variations of fixtures – the Soiree, Mello and Miles – for one of the designers behind the collection, Maarten Demunster, Reflections is all about trying to use Delta Light’s experience in

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light technology in a more decorative way. Speaking exclusively with darc, he says: “LED technology has changed the world of fixture design drastically – not only technically but also in their form. Miniaturisation is a trend in the architectural market and has become unstoppable. “Lighting is often used as an expression of the user - alongside their furniture, the art they choose to put on the walls, or the car in their garage. Thanks to LEDs and the consequent miniaturisation, the focus of lighting has moved on to the functionality – creating different atmospheres with light. Decorative lighting still has a more expressive function and is becoming increasingly important in creating

these ‘atmospheres’ when combining it with the almost invisible architectural lighting in a space. We are now able to design a decorative, signature fixture in a design typology that is combined with our architectural lighting experience – not only in its form but also its light output.” Having worked in product design for over 20 years, Demunster’s passion for design began at an early age and at sixteen he had grand plans of becoming a fashion designer; but with a mathematics teacher as a father, his parents had other ideas. “I was influenced by the Antwerp-6 when I was a teenager – a group of Belgium fashion designers including the likes of Dries Van Noten and Walter Van Beirendonck,” Demunster tells darc.



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“Like my father, I was also good at maths and so pursuing an education in engineering was an obvious choice for my parents - we compromised at product design, which led me to the University of Antwerp.” As well as inheriting his father’s aptitude for mathematics, the pair also share a keen appreciation for the arts, which filters through to Demunster’s designs today. “I have a collection of Belgian contemporary art from the 50s up to the present day,” he says. “Having studied the work of Marcel Broodthaers, Philippe Vandenberg and Mario De Brabandere gives me the oxygen I need to breathe! “The education I received was often focused on a signature design style and a lot of designers work that way… If I am honest, even today, most of the designs I start out with have a clear ‘Maarten Demunster Signature’ but this is followed by an in-depth design process that removes elements rather than adding to the design. Styling becomes a delicate balance between the ordinary and the sublime rather than shouting out and using forms that have only

an aesthetic function.” Having worked predominantly in product design for the architectural lighting sector, Demunster has been working with Delta Light’s Paul Ameloot for the past decade, whom has, over the years taught the product designer that good design is about more than winning awards. “Paul Ameloot convinced me after a while that ‘commercial’ isn’t a swear word and that good design is not just ‘good’ for the designer involved, or the end user, but for the entire chain of people that are engaged in the lifetime of the product, as well as the environment and also what is good for the company! “Most of the products designed at Delta Light are architectural lighting products – designed to service the architecture and the people who use it. It is a tool we give to architects and lighting designers to pronounce their designs, to give the space some atmosphere or to create some functionality. “As such, I would describe most of our products as ‘introvert designs’. The

architecture of a building is the most important element; light is then used either in a functional capacity or for aesthetics, to strengthen the architecture. The form of a light fixture is in the function of the light…” Referring back to the Reflections range, Demunster expands on its concept: “For the Miles family, we were searching for a kind of ‘forgotten’ archetype. A shape that is recognisable but not too obvious. I was inspired by the paintings of Giorgio Morandi – I started with one shape and made variations of other forms but with the same base. The result is pure eye-candy! A collection of four purely handcrafted glass shapes, each in four different colours, each recognisable yet unique in all respects. “It is a family of suspensions that play on the visual contrast between the coloured and white blown glass, combined with different shapes and colours, also ideal for multiple compositions. All shapes and finishes are inspired by the interplay of opacity, translucency and transparency. Its translucent or milky forms and dynamic light offer a countless number of scenarios.


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“When switched off, its transparency makes Miles almost disappear. When switched on, it provides a cosy and stylish luminous presence, stimulating senses and perceptions. “For the Soiree family, (pictured on previous page) we started with the idea of creating a volume with only one sheet of metal. Big impact with the minimum amount of materials is for me, the essence of product design! The range has been designed to be voluminous, lightweight and transparent. Its sophisticated form creates a dense and decorative effect, filled with a warm light. It takes its inspiration from many angles, from the play of light and shadow in architecture to natural light effects, the shape of everyday objects and sculptural art. “The result is a nest of lights, made of circles or rectangles, both structural and decorative – generating a seductive luminous effect. Even when not turned on, they bring texture and character to rooms, defining different areas with small and large contemporary pendants. The interaction

between the pure circular and rectangle forms, with the warm light sources and the symmetric configurations triggers a dynamic tension. “And then finally, there is Mello; our search for a more present and flamboyant suspension resulted in a co-operation with master glass blowers, with whom we worked on the balance between object and light, between subtle colours, densities and transparencies. When turned off, its colours gain definition; when turned on, they disappear with gentle luminosity. The Mello offers a sense of special intimacy with direct light on its below surfaces. At the same time enhancing the space with warmth, elegance and transparencies.” Challenged to create a set of more decorative and expressive shapes, Delta Light, presents us with a series of new adventures in luminaire design. Reflections is a poetic expression of craftsmanship, light, technology, texture, shape and mood. www.deltalight.com


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Crafting Corporeal Dreams One of Italy's most innovative and orginal designers, Lorenzo Truant, sits down with Oliver Leigh to discuss his journey from inquisitve student to master lighting designer, as well as the inpisration that is embued into all of his projects. Lorenzo Truant was born in the far northeastern province of Italy, however, found his true home in the adopted city of Venice where he studied architecture at university. It was while living in student accommodation that Truant first began to experiment with makeshift lighting fixtures, born out of student essential items such as graters, cutlery, colanders and even car parts. Quite often, anything that could be turned into a lamp would be modified without much manipulation and transformed into “ready made lighting”. It was during this phase that Truant began to nurture his passion for lighting design, telling darc that light is “the most impalpable of substances but damn intriguing.” After completing his architectural undergraduate degree, Truant pursued a Masters Degree in Product Design, spending

a semester at the research centre of a historic furniture and lighting company where he designed some of his first commissioned light fixtures on behalf of the owner. This experience catalysed Truant’s resolve to pursue lighting design, gaining a position as Art Director for an emerging Venetian lighting company - exposing him to all aspects of product lamp design, marketing, as well as exhibition stand design. Truant’s initial immersion into the world of art and design acted as a launch pad for what would become an illustrious career in lighting design. In addition to this, he tells darc, this was the point where he “started to collaborate with artists and architects from all over the world to develop the design of some of the National Pavilions at the Venice Biennale.” Truant reminisces back to his university

days, emphasising that “I realised I wanted to work in the world of lighting when I discovered that every time I manipulated an object - like an object trouvé - it became a lamp inexorably.” However, lighting design was not the career path that Truant initially embarked on. “During my university studies, I worked a lot at a large town planning firm that was managing the Venice airport Master Plan. This experience led me to the theme of my degree thesis - the design of an airport. This kind of experience made me realise that while I thought I could do everything, my preferred sector is lighting design.” Inventive and original design concepts are not born from a vacuum and Truant testifies to this, citing many inspirational design figures that galvanised some of his early works. “I love Igno Maurer’s work, and I


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must say that the first projects I completed were for him. I also have great admiration for Olafur Eliasson and his intellectual experiments with light. I love the work of Bob Wilson, and James Turrel fascinates me, leaving me stunned without rhetoric. Peter Greenaway is unsettling; yet, I can't get him out of my mind. I also like Achille Castiglioni for the naturalness with which he approached design.” While Truant draws inspiration from numerous places and people, he confesses that to ultimately succeed, to generate emotive pieces of work that originate from one's passions, “you have to be free and this happened when I started to work for myself and not for others.” Truant’s background has not always exclusively focused on lighting design, and as such, he expands upon the complexities of working with light coupled with interior design in great detail. “When you draw a light fixture, you must know the source and the type of light that it emits and if you want a particular result, this knowledge is essential.” He goes on to emphasise that while furniture design is no easy feat, when compared with lighting design, unless one is equipped

with knowledge about the variables of light sources and how it behaves, “you risk creating something purely cosmetic rather than actual functional lighting design.” This emphasis on the intangible and ethereal that quality lighting design brings, aside from aesthetics is further and avidly pronounced by Truant. “A light fixture must primarily produce light that is suitable for the place in which it is placed, and this is an essential function. But that is not all. The light, if well orchestrated, is pure magic. If we are aware of this then each space within the project must be a stage in which the user must feel at ease and the protagonist of the representation and light is the primary element in order to obtain a great result.” There is often a perception that there is a dichotomy between architectural and decorative lighting, but for Truant, the perceived distinctive lines between the two competing sectors is more blurred with this being reflected in his designs. “A client of mine who has a technical lighting company, always tells me that he is interested in my projects which, despite their simplicity and above all functionality, wish to express something else besides a

source of illumination.” Truant believes that there is a challenge in creating products that aspire to be something else, however, it is often in vain. Despite this, “if the mix is right, the project comes to life and becomes more than a machine, it becomes an object of affection. In the decorative sector, often the fixture becomes a caricature of something overflowing, arrogant, and the object instead of being a dream becomes a nightmare like the animated things imagined by Granville.” Aspiring to create a product that trenscends functionality and achieves a status where it becomes an “object of affection” is not just an ideal or distant goal for Truant. This is proven in his Dawn project, which received recognition in the form of the Good Design Award - Tokyo, the Good Design Award Chicago, and most recently the Red Dot Award. The Dawn project was co-developed with Marino Furlan and produced by Intra Lighting based in Slovenia. Explaining the project concept, Truant says: “The principle is simple: a perimeter of light generated from a hidden LED strip pours onto a dome painted opaque white. The effect is a gradient of light that makes the inside dome


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“Light is an impalpable material, closer to dreams than any other material. We insist on studying it as a phenomenon, which is good but if we want to understand it and use it, we must dream it.” - Lorenzo Truant

appear bottomless, and the light diffuses without dazzling.” Following their success together, Furlan and Truant have continued their collaborative efforts and are now developing the Dawn floor lamp, as well as a spiritual continuation of previous collections, titled Blackhole, which is also made by Intra Lighting. Intra Lighting's Futon light fixture is another example of adoration made physical, having too being awarded a Good Design Award. Recreating a circular perimeter of gradient light but with space inside the lamp formed by a panel that absorbs sound, it also features photometric curves and sound absorptions certifications. Working with fellow talented designers allows for a new and inventive approach to be generated, continuing with Truant’s desire to produce original, practical yet aesthetically pleasing fixtures. This too is exemplified in the collaborative efforts made with well know Italian lighting brand, Fabbian, which has recently launched Armilla. A blown glass and metal collection whose production makes use of a new process and sees three metal rings used to support the lamp. These rings that surround the sphere represent the trajectories of the planets around the sun which, represented by the light source, is located in the centre. The ring system was developed to be evocative of continuous light, which extends into space as if there was a centrifugal force originating from the fixture. Another collection designed for Fabbian is Olympic - featuring a unique aesthetic emphasis focused on chaining light rings together to create an apparent hierarchy of light in space. Truant tells darc in more profound terms, that the intention for this piece was to express oneself in a “grammar of light made

of circular monosyllables, to create Olympic phrases in contemporary spaces.” Outside of his work with Intra Lighting and Fabbian, one of the most recent synergetic endeavours undertaken by Truant is with an illusive, young Italian / Chinese entrepreneur whose appreciation for Italian quality has melded harmoniously with Truant's vision. Together, they have formed ‘Phanes’, a company that focuses on ‘Made in Italy’ lighting projects. Named after the primeval deity of procreation, the Phanes collective lives up to its name's sake origins, having already produced new life with Levitas, a bubble of transparent glass that manages to magically hold a sphere of white light inside. Truant hopes to follow in the footsteps of Levitas with Novilunium, an “intriguing black sphere emitting a magical beam of light.” Also in waiting is Still Life, samples that refer to the opaque coloured bottles used by Morandi in his famous still lifes. Having creative freedom such as this, as opposed to being locked down in a stylistic rut is the preferred discipline of Truant. He says: “I believe style is in the method. The result depends on the customer, the brand to which it is addressed. On the one hand, I like to propose a project in line with the catalogue, but often I try to limit this, to give the customer the chance of having a fresh perspective and not just a standard product camouflaged among their existing lines.” For Truant, designing a fixture is not always about meeting the client’s requests; it is a multi-tiered process, which has to take into account the natural progression of the lighting designer’s artistic vision. “When I work on a project, I always think about what can be told through its forms, but the design and presentation are accompanied by technological and design

specifications that need to be met too.” With all of this to consider, Truant multitasks when it comes to channelling his creativity, often working on several levels at once: “First come the ideas and their development, then comes the narration of the concept, its communication, but in the sketches there is already the technical solution, and as soon as we see a constructive solution we think of the name, the photo campaign, marketing and typological development,” he says. “There is a level of randomness where all of these elements collide, where for a brief moment, these factors crystallise into a monad, where a solid design idea is conceptualised... However, unless sketched or noted down, will be lost. “This is why it is crucial for me to see, experience, explore and read about different things - ideas grow from the tiniest of details I'm exposed to, which might already be held within, akin to Athena’s birth from the head of Zeus.” The nature of generating design is clearly a multi-faceted one, and sometimes further conflated by companies who do not work in unison with designers. Truant comments upon this notion, telling darc: “The projects available to companies are vast and the decision on how to proceed is often uncertain. I prefer to receive an outright ‘no’ rather than silence or being left in suspense, which only serves to harm the collaborative relationship being formed. In comparison, I have been refused some proposals, sometimes in quick succession of one another, yet remained enthusiastic and optimistic, with some of the designs going on to win many awards.” All marketable products exist within the slipstreams of trends and this is no different for lighting fixtures, however, not all companies and designers follow them. While


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Truant may not have a definitive signature style, due to adapting collections based on the clientele's specifications, he does manifest a signature ethos; an adherence to originality. “The important thing for me is to propose models and not follow a trend slipstream already marked by others,” he says. “The problem is that many small and medium-sized companies are waiting for a 'leader' company to trace the path and then cue up to follow in their wake when they see that a trend is profitable. If you have projects that are not in the fashion loop, these 'follower' companies will never develop a project for you.” Dogmatic obedience to trends does not occupy Truant’s thoughts, rather, he strives to find his own path and build an alternative fashion trend, which may be more appealing to those looking to separate themselves from the crowd. If there was a current stylistic model that the designer follows, it would be an exploration of researching archetypal, simple forms with traditional or new materials. He expands upon this notion: “I love light with gradient shades, or a linear lighting system rather than a spotlight. I like to take forms from the past that came from our imagination, such as the armillary spheres, giving them a contemporary flair.” In terms of creating alternative trends while still exploring stylistic and technological trends Truant is interested in, he emphasises

the benefits of designing luminaries using a modular system due to the “variations in measurements, shapes and types of light that it allows.” In addition to this, he is a strong advocate for the use of LED and OLED due to the way it allows for an enriched perception of light. Truant emphasises his vision for the future telling darc that he has future plans to collaborate with product designer Noa Heim on light installations. However, his immediate plan is to continue working on a number wall lamps for hotels, Bricky and Shot, and on table lamps Bougie and Ghos Candle that make use of a rechargeable battery. When asked what he believes are integral elements to good interior design, Truant continues: “The key elements are always the same: attention to the customer’s needs and budgeting restrictions, but with the skill and authority to inject their own elements of creativity and create something unique.” For Truant the study of light is both a rational and logical process, but also one that borders the threshold of hopeful fantasy. “Light is an impalpable material, closer to dreams than any other material,” he says. “We insist on studying it as a phenomenon - that is good, but if want to understand it and use it we must dream it.” Instagram: @lorenzotruant

Opening spread The Dawn pendant produced by Intra Lighting is a subtly elgeant luminaire with a hidden LED strip allowing for a pure light diffusion. Next page. 1&2. The Futon by Intra Lighting recreates a circular perimeter of light with sound absorption panels at its core. 3. Olympic for Fabbian, a ring of light that is both direct and indirect. Sufficient by itself, but enhanced more so when chained together. 4. Armilla, also for Fabbian, which makes use of glass blowing techniques and meteal rings to support the lamp. 5. A closer look at Dawn in situ. 6. Levitas is Truant's latest project in waiting, a bubble of transparent glass that magically holds a sphere of white light inside. This page A closer look at the award-winning Dawn pendant made in collaboration with Marino Furlan for Intra Lighting.



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Inside Out Kim Höglund, Department Head of Lighting Design at Tyréns, Sweden, discusses how exterior lighting design can be decorative yet functional and how, as a lighting designer, this should always be the main goal.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear someone say exterior lighting? Road lights? Parks? Squares? Businesses? A façade? Or a town centre? Maybe it’s all the above. You might think more in the line of perception, attractiveness, security and safety. In that later case I suspect you are likely a lighting designer and maybe also experienced with urban lighting design. Appropriate lighting is one aspect that can provide significant benefits by enhancing the aesthetic value and perception of the urban environment. As lighting designers working in the public space, we have an important role not just for safety and security but as well for helping to create attractive spaces. An important thing to remember is that the most fundamental part of lighting is the knowledge that lighting triggers feelings; that lighting is accompanied by the perceived attributes of people that elicit certain emotional reactions: preference, interest, comfort and safety etc. In exterior design we must show great care since our design affects both the feeling of safety and the actual security of people, we need not forget the importance of design between the need for function and energy reduction etc. Outdoor lighting has always been needed

to create security and help people to read the environment around them. But a classic way to illuminate the urban environment has been with a focus on traffic. Hence illumination has focused on roads or paths in parks. This however, is far from optimal and far from a holistic approach when designing an urban environment, something which is definitely needed. Lighting solutions are important, but equally important is the relation to different things that light can be reflected on, enhance, or obscure. If one gains the interaction between light and, for example, materials, house walls and road markings, it becomes easier for people to read and understand the environment and adapt their movements. Studies show that we perceive a vertically lit area brighter than a horizontal one even though they have the same amount of light on them. When landmarks and details are illuminated it becomes easier to form a relationship with the place, there is a sense of recognition; “there is that building”, “there is the pergola”, instead of the walkway only being a transport route. The emotional state that accompanies recognition contributes to increased security. It’s very important to realise and remember that calculated results and illumination

tables doesn’t tell the full story of how bright it gets and certainly not how it will be perceived. Too many factors affect the design of the area and the lighting, something a computer can’t factor in, so I fully rely on my visual sense! For my colleagues and I, we see no difference between function and decoration, they aren’t opposites. Decorative lighting can with no problem be functional as well, it’s a matter of knowledge of the planner. The aesthetics are about adapting the lighting to harmonise or enhance the style of the place, for example the playfulness in a playground or the welcoming feel of a town square. To provide some examples in this article, we see a park from the north of Sweden called The Hedalundadungen (pictured top left). The lighting design is based on the key words pine and pine cone in the centre. Several trees have therefore been decorated with large illuminated spheres that collect inspiration from the pine cone. Great emphasis has also been put on getting the park to feel safe and welcoming with good visual comfort. Much of the lighting has therefore been integrated into the play equipment to create an even and inviting light and to avoid the feeling of a backdrop.


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One has a clear visual path although the park landmarks are clearly visible, giving you a greater sense of orientation. Another good example of a how to use lighting outside is to create a landmark with it. Such as the project Frizon (pictured middle), where the purpose was to create a space based on the target group’s thoughts and needs, but also a place where everyone can feel welcome. The dialogue process with the girls had a crucial role for the design work and the project was adapted several times according to new views and wishes, a process that was very important. The project was realised in a central park in northern Sweden where many young people hang out. The site is designed with an oval roof that embraces an existing tree. The roof is perforated and the round holes are covered with glass of different colours. Under the roof hangs large round seating furniture with space to sit together. Both the roof and the floating seating furniture are illuminated to create an inviting and safe atmosphere even in the evening and winter. In addition to creating a place that feels safe and inviting, there was a wish that people should be able to connect their phone and play music from it, which is impossible. Last but not least a town centre with its main shopping street redesigned to be more than just a street. Kungsgatan, in Eskilstuna a city in the middle of Sweden was renovated as part of a larger city project. The goal was for the street to emerge as Eskilstuna’s most important trading area. It is a pedestrianised street that is now a pleasant meeting place in the same way as a town square might be. Well-being, safety and the environment are leading words in the lighting program. To link the newly refurbished Fristadstorget street lighting program with the overall seasonal lighting design concept for Eskilstuna, the same approach was applied - with three central concepts used as design tools: spacecreating light, social light, and identitycreating light were analaysed to define the light needed at various levels to create a good well-being environment where people feel safe. Behind this approach lies a holistic thought with the people at the centre. www.tyrens.se


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Sculptural Light Inspired by Nature As the evening's become longer, our attention turns to the great outdoors and how lighting can be used to create atmospheric garden spaces, as the following projects highlight. London-based bespoke sculptural lighting studio, Cameron Design House unveils its new Kasvaa light at this year’s worldrenowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Working in partnership with award-winning garden designer, Chris Beardshaw, the studio’s latest suspended creation will be displayed to form a key focal point within The Morgan Stanley Garden, which will be revealed at the show. The Kasvaa sculptural light considers how we can move away from linear practices towards a more circular approach, focusing on sustainable design with the use of 100% recycled brass to form the core structure of the piece. Inspired by the natural forms of pollen, seed heads and flowers, Cameron Design House has created this organic, geometric piece with a focus on enduring design and the re-use of materials.

"The starting point for the design was to understand the design vision for the garden; we wanted to create something striking without appearing alien or out of place,” says Simeon Chilvers, Managing Director of Cameron Design House. “It was important for us to embrace the key theme of sustainability and quality without compromise, to create a centrepiece befitting of this ambitious goal.” A secondary theme, and one that contributes more literally to the form of the piece, was the idea of entropy - moving from order to disorder. This led to Cameron Design House's exploration of the Steinmetz solid: a geometric problem solved by the German mathematician, Charles Proteus Steinmetz. Kasvaa is illuminated from the centre, reflecting the light off the internal polished surfaces for maximum effect.

"The piece appears chaotic from most angles but becomes orderly when viewed along its axis,” adds Ian Cameron, Creative Director at Cameron Design House. “Although the piece looks complex, it is actually a form governed by simple rules - a 6 x 6 grid of holes cut in three directions within a sphere. However, made from 100% recycled solid brass the form was far from simple to create, requiring countless hours of mould making, casting, machining, polishing and assembly." The Kasvaa is suitable for both interior and exterior use, and can either be hung as a pendant, mounted on the ground or on a podium. camerondesignhouse.com


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Friendship House Bequia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines A luxury retreat on the charming island of Bequia, Friendship House is the perfect holiday escape, located in two acres of tropical gardens and with idyllic views of the Caribbean. Astro Lighting's white Mast lights seamlessly blend in with the exterior walls, providing a wash of illumination across each pathway, helping to guide guests towards each area of the property. The Mast presents a smooth, curved luminaire, which is available in a number of finishes to suit any scheme including natural brass and matte black. It is IP65-rated therefore suitable for both interior and exterior spaces. www.astrolighting.com

Private Villa Castelfranco Veneto, Italy Linea Light Group's fixtures were chosen for the lighting of a private villa in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. The house, at the forefront for its energy class, adopted solar panels, LED lights and external insulation that guarantees perfect thermal insulation and is characterised by simple volumes, emphasised thanks to elegant and essential lighting solutions. Even the outdoor spaces of the garden, in the

evening hours, light up on and turn the villa into a point of light itself in the area. For the project, designed for the whole environment, both inside and outside, products with 3000K colour temperature were preferred to create a compromise between luminous performance and warm light emission. Outside, to allow residents to enjoy the

garden even in the evening, Fylo in the outdoor version is the protagonist along with Mya, which, strategically positioned in the north-west corner of the house, highlights the volumes. Lighting up the garden the spheres Oh! and Oh! work to emphasise the beauty of the olive and bonsai trees. www.linealight.com


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Private Villa Versilia Region, Italy Villa Vaiana, is a modern country house immersed in ancient olive trees of the Versilia region, an area right along the Tuscan coast in the northwestern edge of the province of Lucca, a step away from the fashionable VIP holiday resort of Forte dei Marmi. “Light is a fundamental part of every project, and those who love light and love design, love Karman,” say Michele Vitaloni and Nicola Silicani of Charmitaliastudio, an architecture firm specialising in interior and exterior design, restyling and lighting design. “For this reason, in order to enhance the pool of Villa Vaiana we chose the Karman Don't Touch fixtures, a unique lamp that, when caressed by the wind, seems as though it begins to come alive and becomes part of the surrounding nature.

“I was looking for an outdoor lamp with a strong personality but that could also complement the clean lines of the building and the ground's surroundings. Above all else, it had to stand out and at the same time blend in, both during the day and at night, with the charm of the water and the mood of the pool. Don’t Touch fully satisfied my requests; simple, fresh, innovative and full of itself! In this project we have utilised three Karman Don’t Touch fixtures, dividing the side of the pool adjacent to the olive grove. Three travertine bases of the same size of the lamp’s base have been specially created with the aim of enhancing and integrating them within the project. The light fixture is linear, clean and decorative with its white thin stems that move in the air like long, soft hair.” www.karmanitalia.it


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Al Fresco Solutions Decorative lighting needn’t be confined to the indoor environment. It can be the perfect addition to an outdoor space, bringing it to life at night and adding character during the day. Looking for that final touch? Look no further...

Cyborg MARTINELLI LUCE IP 65 The well-established Cyborg light designed by Karim Rashid for Martinelli Luce has been reinvented as an outdoor light. The new fixture is made from high-resistance, fiber-reinforced concrete with selected aggregates. The special form of the lamp body, with its three legs, and the internal positioning of the indirect LED light source, generates dramatic effects of light and shadow on lawns and other outdoor areas. www.martinelliluce.it

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Saya FABBIAN IP 55 Following its successful launch in 2018, the Saya indoor pendant collection designed by Gio Milenni and Marco Fossati, is presented in an IP55 version, making it suitable for covered outdoor areas. Saya is the tale of a journey midway between the East and the West, where aesthetics and the memory of far-off cultures are combined with the ancient Venetian tradition of caged blown glass. The shape is inspired by a large dew drop depositing and sliding downwards along a series of metal wires, that break its fall closing in and giving a suspended sensation. The cage acquires new aesthetic value, becoming the protagonist of the project. The large blow-glass body is modelled within it without deformation, creating a perfect balance between light and decoration. The collection comprises several hanging lamps for indoor and outdoor use in three different shapes. The caged blown glass diffusers are available in transparent and white versions. www.fabbian.com

The Lantern collection by Light-Point, a contemporary take on the classic lamp shape that dates back centuries, has just been awarded a Red Dot award for high-quality design. “We are proud to push the boundaries in lighting design and receiving the Red Dot award for the Lantern collection is a recognition of this,” commented Ronni Gol, CEO and founder of Light-Point. “This design harnesses the latest LED technology and is both aesthetically timeless and minimal.” The work of Danish designer Marie Holsting, the Lantern collection has a rectangular shape and a solid, blacklacquered aluminium and glass frame. It comes in wall, floor and portable versions and has a built-in LED light source. This radiates an interplay of angles and geometric shapes that gives the collection its distinctive graphical and architectural appeal. The wall version comes in two sizes and is also weatherproof, so is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Indoors, it can create a cosy and intimate lighting effect, both as a single light source or in combination with ceiling lamps. Several Lantern wall lamps can be lined up together on a wall to create a more decorative element. The light encased in glass also evokes the warmth and safety of the indoors, as if it is a calming window greeting a weary traveller on a cold, dark night. The Lantern floor light, meanwhile, is an elegant option for outdoors. It creates a light-filled and calming space in the dark. In this way, the lamp is like a warm and bright pavilion in the midst of an icy garden in winter. It is available in sizes 48cm tall and 60cm tall and there is also a low, square version, which measures 25cm x 25cm. The floor lights work well as decorative individual pieces or grouped together as an installation. They are also effective as secondary lighting in larger spaces such as illuminating a passageway. light-point.com


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Mask FARO BARCELONA IP 65 Designed by LĂşcid, Mask is a robust wall lamp that can be located near the sea as it is highly resistant to corrosion by salinity. It is made of injected aluminium, has an opal diffuser and has a 65 protection rating. It is a luminaire designed for areas with adverse environmental conditions as it has a high resistance against impact and corrosion. faro.es

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Harvard ASTRO LIGHTING IP 44 A modern wall lantern with a vintage twist, the Harvard will add a pleasing touch to any design scheme. Its pared back, cuboid shape with tubular vintage LED offers a striking design that is suitable for both interior and exterior use. Available in a variety of finishes including black and bronze, as well as a robust natural brass that has been engineered to withstand even the most onerous of environments. www.astrolighting.com

Origami and interlocking effects seem to be the inspiration for Lamina, the new lighting product, designed by Edmondo Testaguzza for Karman. A thin foil in matte white aluminium, cleverly folded to create a minimal, elegant light source that is ideal for creating a personalised, elegant source or indirect light,indoors or in repeated series to emphasise the wall of an outdoor walkway. www.karmanitalia.it

Pencil AI LATI LIGHTS IP 54 Pencil is a collection of rechargeable floor, wall and pendant (multi-function) lamps, with a step touch dimmer function. Made of anodised extruded aluminium, die-cast accessories, a polycarbonate diffuser and a LED light source, silicone seals ensure that the Pencil lamp has a high IP rating, making it ideal for outdoor use. Pencil has an integrated dual charging system: USB-C (it connects directly to the individual light module); fast charging system via contact base. The lamp fixture can be easily used with or without the base and continue to function separately until the accumulated power runs out. It has a fourstep dimmer to provide the optimum and most appropriate lighting in a room. The light warmth can be varied as required, with dynamic white that varies from 2700 to 4000K. www.zafferanoitalia.com/ailatilights


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An Emotional Response JOI-Design’s co-managing directors Peter Joehnk and Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk, along with interior designer Irina Schneide, ask: Acoustic Lighting - multi-functional luminaires that are on-trend?

Interior design is an artistic composition, with lighting and acoustics essential tools of the palette in determining the success or failure of an overall scheme. Having appropriate levels of illumination not only influences the general atmosphere of spaces, it affects peoples’ wellbeing, from moods to circadian rhythms to energy levels. Acoustics go hand-in-hand with lighting when it comes to creating places that evoke positive emotional response. Contemporary architecture favours openness, brightness and generosity of space. Exposed concrete and expansive glass façades predominate, but it is precisely these materials that amplify disturbing soundwaves. As the use of spaces evolve in reaction to lifestyle preferences for shared experiences, designers cannot focus on lighting without considering acoustics. Whether restaurants, hotel lobbies, meeting areas, lounges and especially open-plan offices, high amounts of public traffic always come with loud noise levels that are often perceived as unpleasant. Since lighting is an essential function in every room, it makes sense that fixtures with the added bonus of sound-absorption would be a welcome benefit. Today’s trend for open offices means

acoustic wellbeing and effective lighting are essential for productivity, reduced eye strain and mood levels that encourage cooperative frames of mind amongst colleagues. Thus, many manufacturers have taken up the challenge to combine the growing demand for designs that are not only aesthetically pleasing, they feature problem-solving functionalities, too. Numerous issues can be addressed at once, planning and assembly costs are reduced, and new, interesting products can transform impressions of a space. A wide variety of design styles are now available, from those with classic elegance to those that are futuristic, minimalist, extravagant or playful. At first glance, their dual functionality is not immediately apparent. It is only on closer inspection that the fixtures’ acoustic properties are revealed. Felt, acoustically absorbent fabrics, and even extraordinary materials such as moss are preferred. With products available in diverse sizes, colours and variations, they offer versatility to complement an interior designer’s vision for a space. Clever use and positioning can even eliminate the need for conventional acoustic ceiling tiles. Our studio’s interior designers are always in close contact with manufacturers,

and, working closely with our specialised division, Products by JOI-Design, they develop new solutions and products. Their goal is to create the best possible results, ones that meet the business needs of our customers as well as a space’s design and functional requirements, resulting in individual solutions tailored to the particular demands of each project. Our product designers are keen to explore the emerging realm of custom acoustic lighting products for future projects. However, JOI-Design’s interior architecture and design teams already combine acoustic elements with lighting products in a variety of ways... In all the examples that follow, acoustic and lighting elements have joined forces to resolve design dilemmas with aesthetically-pleasing solutions. The preference for shared spaces, sustainable materials and clean-lined interiors continues to flourish. So there’s no reason why stunningly-designed acoustic lighting pieces can’t resolve noise, illumination and environmental challenges in one fixture, reducing building costs while quietly – yet boldly - stealing the limelight. joi-design.com

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JOI-Design’s concept for the Capri by Fraser Berlin interprets the brand’s philosophy of referencing the unique spirit, place and story each hotel’s locale. Vibrantly-coloured design elements and flexible furniture create an assortment of textures for sound absorption – especially important as the hotel is a tourist destination in itself. Roman archaeological excavation works are visible below the lobby’s glass floor, so the right lighting and acoustics were vital for creating the proper environment. The slogan of the hotel’s Asian restaurant, ‘dip into history’ references the Singaporean roots of Frasers Hospitality. As it is a popular spot for tourists, noise control had to be considered along with illumination that showcased the cuisine’s fresh and colourful vegetables. Honeycomb acoustic wall elements and suspended acoustic luminaires made with sound-absorbing materials were installed as practical yet decorative solutions.

For the spa at the luxurious Öschberghof Hotel in Donaueschingen, Germany, we designed a niche that integrated acoustics and lighting to create a peaceful oasis. Adjustable lighting and sound-absorbing textiles covering clean, simple forms invite guests to linger and relax in quiet calm. Another space within the Öschberghof combines function with design. Cosy seating nooks are equipped with sound-absorbing materials and lighting specially designed for focused tasks, creating a quiet space for concentration during business guests’ meetings.

Following the adage that necessity is the mother of invention, JOIDesign made a challenge a virtue in the student café at Salomon Hochschule in Berlin. Existing columns in the spacious dining room were disguised with acoustic ‘wall art’ panels reminiscent of cafeteria serving trays. Swivel lights were integrated to individually illuminate the room and tables.


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A combination of moss and lighting adorns the foyer wall in the lobby of the Hyatt Place in Frankfurt. This living green element not only radiates freshness and inspires the wellbeing of guests, it is also 90% sound-absorbent.

For the Neuer Marstall in Berlin, acoustics were featured centre stage as a design feature of this mensa, or student café. An acoustic sculpture ‘floating’ above the seating area was specially developed to improve the sound quality in the room while softening the potential glare from overhead lights.

Sophisticated solutions were developed for the Hardenbergstraße Mensa in Berlin, where high ceilings in the sunlight-filled room had the potential to induce echoes that would amplify student chatter. Acoustic panels were transformed into art through the integration of decorative patterns on the fabric, and pillar corners were covered with leather where the hand can touch, and above, with felt, for added noise absorption. Silver-coloured pendant globes introduce focused light for students studying while they eat.


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Mensa Oase Adlershof in Berlin features room dividers covered with woven strips of felt in various colours, creating an artistic wall mural out of acoustic materials. A range of light levels interact with the undulating ‘ribbons’ to create depth and shadows. Having room dividers with superior sound absorption allows the café to host simultaneous events without one disturbing the other, while adjustable lighting offers a range of moods from morning to night.

At the Moxy Frankfurt City Center, decorative textiles are hung from the high, open ceiling, along with assorted fabrics, carpets and cushions to absorb the noise from the energetic crowds in this lifestyle hotel’s lobby. An eclectic mix of decorative and functional lights brightens and warms the concrete walls.


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The Significance of Sound The acoustics of a space are just as important as the lighting, get either of them wrong and the entire space is thrown off. Over the next few pages, we show you how careful design and planning can see the two work as one.

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia Milan, Italy Behind each Michelin-starred restaurant, there is an enchanting and interesting story. The chef is the artist of the kitchen, creating unique and memorable dishes, while the atmosphere of the restaurant space complements the full experience. At one of Milan's most historic restaurants Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, good acoustics play a crucual role in creating the pleasant atmosphere visitors come to expect. This two-star Michelin restaurant and contemporary hotspot recently presented a restyled interior lead by architect studio Vudafieri Saverino Partners (VSP). Thanks to their exceptional experience in developing new restaurant concepts, VSP stayed true to the history and the character of the place by defining a bright, intimate space.

VSP studio aimed to create a neutral, relaxing atmosphere with a focus on the gastronomic experience. Signs from the past convey a sense of continuity. The warm tones of canaletto walnut define the rooms, while the fabrics bring it all together. Every restaurant visitor wants to enjoy a special meal and, at the same time, be able to carry out a normal conversation. However, creating an acoustically wellbalanced space can be a challenge, especially in the hospitality sector. In a report from the University of Oxford, Charles Spencer found that both background noise and loud music can impair our ability to taste food and drink. It would appear that noise selectively impairs the ability to detect tastes such as sweet and sour while

leaving certain other taste and flavour experiences relatively unaffected. Therefore acoustic treatments should never be an afterthought, but the starting point for the design of any restaurant space, just like it was for VSP during the refurbishment. To meet the challenges of background noise, they chose to work extensively with the BuzziProp LED and BuzziJet pendants from BuzziSpace in different zones of the restaurant. These noise reducing pendant lights accommodate the demand for both sound absorption and light. www.buzzi.space

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D&B Cloud office ANDlight The ANDlight Slab Series combines a visually graphic presence, an impossible slim profile and acoustic dampening properties, making it an aesthetically unique and diverse light fixture. It was deemed the perfect choice for Evoke International Design when working on the new D&B Cloud office, which includes meeting rooms with lots of hard surfaces including glass, whiteboards and wood paneling. “The client wanted to achieve an ‘edgy / industrial’ look for the space,” says David Nicolay, Evoke Co-Founder. “The main challenge with this was that they were moving into a brand new office building... so, we helped to achieve this by keeping a restrained finishes palette consisting of polished concrete floors, knotty hickory wall panels and helped soften the harder surfaces with touches of felt throughout.

This included the use of the Slab lights in both the wall sconce and pendant versions. “The client wanted lights that were both decorative and functional. We have been using products from ANDlight for some time - the minimalist yet functional aesthetic of the Slab light in particular blends seamlessly with the design aesthetic that we try to achieve in our built spaces. The quality of the LED is also second-tonone. We particularly like supporting local Vancouver brands and designers too, so this provides a nice touch point within our projects. “We were really pleased with the final outcome of the lighting design. We managed to maintain a minimal design aesthetic, while being exceptionally functional. The decorative acoustic lighting adds a layer of interest to the design through its

form, but enhances the space through its functionality. We were able to change the colours of the Slab lights to tie in with the other finishes in each of the spaces they were installed, so it creates a seamless holistic design. “It was great that our clients put complete faith in us to deliver a design to meet their initial brief. We provided an open concept design that also accommodated quiet breakaway work spaces, including one-onone railcar booth style meeting spaces. We wrapped them in soft acoustic felt and accented them with the Slab wall lights. These booths provide quiet workspace, a place to take a phone call or even have a quick planning session with a co-worker.” andlight.ca www.evoke.ca


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Brisbane Powerhouse Brisbane, Australia When the Brisbane Powerhouse, a well attended arts and culture centre, was looking to revive one of its popular meeting areas, the choice was clear to partner with Australian-based design studio, Luxxbox. The Luxxbox River Studio at the Brisbane Powerhouse is now one of the venue’s most booked private function rooms, equipped with Luxxbox’s cutting edge acoustic lighting and agile, collaborative furniture pieces for a flexible, multi-purpose space. Fitted out with the stunning interior range designed and manufactured by Luxxbox, the space encompasses acoustic lighting, collaborative furniture, and agile whiteboards. Located on the ground level, the River Studio’s floor to ceiling glass windows offer an abundance of natural light and an open, spacious atmosphere. Heritage listed brick columns create a naturally diverse space with built in breakout areas. While the historic nature of the building adds to the

venue’s uniqueness, the hard, industrial finishes lead to poor acoustics. Luxxbox’s award-winning range of acoustic lights in the space address noise and reverberations to increase comfort and concentration in the venue. Manufactured from 65% recycled acoustic material, the Shingle and Vapor Echo pendants offer both decorative and functional light for events held in the River Studio, while addressing noise concerns. To further support the venue’s acoustic properties, the River Studio also features Luxxbox’s Haptic acoustic wall treatment in an edgy installation and unique colourway. In terms of working surfaces, guests to the room can utilise one of Luxxbox’s slimline Wedge ThoughtBoards, a highquality whiteboard, with added magnetic capabilities for a range of stylish accessories. Luxxbox has redefined commercial sofas and communal seating and the Podia range

takes pride of place in the Luxxbox River Studio enticing users to connect, retreat, discuss and relax. A striking standard out in the room is the Podia Platform. As much a sculptural piece of art as it is a unique seat, the Podia Platform offers a spot to connect and collaborate within the open plan design. “The collaboration with Luxxbox is a great example of two creative industries - Design and Performing Arts - joining forces to deliver a fantastic new facility for the city,” says Fiona Maxwell, CEO, Brisbane Powerhouse.“Luxxbox River Studio is the perfect spot to experience workshops, strategic thinking and inspired downtime. Whether as a unique meeting space away from the office environment, or a facilitated program challenging ways of thinking, this promises to be one of Brisbane’s most exciting bespoke venues.” www.luxxbox.com


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Bora office Niederndorf, Austria Based in Raubling near Rosenheim, Bora specialises in innovative solutions that substitute unwieldy extractor hoods over kitchen hobs. The firm wanted to transmit the uncompromising nature of its kitchen architecture to its own offices and as such commissioned Guggenbichler & Wagenstaller Architekten to construct a new site in Niederndorf, Austria. Fitted out with Nimbus Modul R Project luminaires as well as the Rossoacoustic PAD system, which are suspended from the ceiling and have a sound-absorbing

effect - improving room acoustics, the products make a strong spatial impression in combination with the select materiality of the interiors. “It was important to the clients that the fittings in work rooms meet the latest standards,” explained Dietrich Brennenstuhl, Nimbus CEO. “Our products were used to make the atmosphere in the rooms as pleasant as possible for both staff and visitors.” www.primacoustic.com/nimbus


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Milan Design Week 2019 Acoustic Lighting Launches

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Trypta by Stephen Burks Luceplan

BuzziDome, is a contemporary acoustic pendant light. The refined semi-dome shape is upholstered in fabric and paired with a recessed LED light source. The tailored design casts soft shadows, accentuating its meticulous craftsmanship. The versatile shape emits functional light, while creating a warm, homey feeling in workspaces, restaurants and hotel lobbies. Wide in diameter and with upholstered body, this solution absorbs undesired sounds combined with high performing light. Play around with different colours and sizes to uplift any environment. www.buzzi.space

The structure of Trypta is composed of three equidistant panels arranged along the axis of a cylindrical body; the composition creates a pleasant symmetry while offering excellent soundabsorbing performance. Trypta adapts to any space thanks to two separately activated light sources connected to the extremities of a central column,providing both direct and indirect lighting. Its decorative character is underscored by the panels clad in flameretardant knit fabric, giving Trypta a unique personality. The catalogue offers three colour options and six different sizes. www.luceplan.com

Petal Karboxx

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Petal is a sound absorbing panel with a soft organic profile that can be mounted on walls and ceilings or even suspended. It is an acoustic module made with light and high performance polyester fiber, which allows it to be used in multiple configurations and contexts. The suspended version can be combined and integrated with the LightSound system, thus becoming a source of both acoustic and visual comfort, capable of creating new landscapes in the office world. www.karboxx.com

Designed by Mirco Crosatto, the shape of the hats worn by noblewomen during the prestigious 'trotting derby' inspired the shape and name of Linea Light Group's latest acoustic light. Integrating quality lighting and soundproofing, it is designed for both accommodation and workplaces. Derby traps part of the reverberation caused by sounds and noises, helping to 'clean' the acoustics and improve the fullness and roundless of words when you're near the suspension. Its enveloping shape seems to embrace the light, which comes from a very narrow rectangular central diffuser, with diffused optics or dark light and UGR shielding, controlled for use in work environments. www.linealight.com



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Zig Zag by Jason Bird Panzeri During this year's Euroluce Panzeri showcased its ZigZag acoustic light, designed in collaboration with Australian product designer Jason Bird. Founder of Luxxbox, Bird has been designing acoustic lighting for the last seven years, but is mainly known for furniture design and decorative lighting collections. Despite not initially specialising in it, acoustic lighting quickly became one of the studio’s number one products in its product design category. Bird’s partnership with Panzeri to create an acoustic luminaire comes as the first time designing a product for a European company, as he explained exclusively to darc: “I had my own studio in Australia (Luxxbox), where we developed our own products. We’re not currently very big in Europe as we mostly work in North America, Asia Pacific. “I had been talking with Federico about a collaboration for roughly four years, since we had met. We had been looking for just

the right project and he felt that acoustic lighting was something they needed to work on. The great thing about Panzeri is they have had a lot of experience in the linear forms. In my studio, we tend to do big round pendants and more decorative things, so it was a good opportunity to do something more technical.” The ZigZag design was driven with the inspiration to find something suited to the office environment that was both practical, in terms of sound control, and aesthetically pleasing in a modern environment. “Linear lighting is obviously something that’s used a lot in an office environment and we’ve always said that because offices are so open plan these days, with a lot of hard surfaces and exposed ceilings, there’s very little opportunity to add an acoustic element,” explained Bird. The most efficient place for an acoustic element to be added to an office space is above the desk, where the majority of

sound emanates. The closer the element is to the source of the sound, the better the absorption of echoes and escaping noise will be. “To hang baffles and things like that requires interfering with the lighting outcomes, so it’s obvious you need to create a light that has an acoustic element built in and that way you’re doing double duty, two things for the price of one essentially!” darc saw a lot of new acoustic lighting being launched at this year's Euroluce all in various shapes and sizes. However, Bird notes it is important to recognise the differences between products that are specifically created and those that have been “slapped together with some material on an existing light fitting.” “It’s a new niche that has been developing over the last four years or so and I think for any current company, they feel they need to have something to offer,” Bird continues.


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“I think the market will grow very tired of that slapped together look – you’ve got to treat it like it’s another luminaire, it’s just you’re making it out of a slightly different material. There needs to be the same time and consideration taken for the design, colour and technical outcomes as you would with any other design,” explained Bird. “For me, as a designer, we will always try and work on a design element, we’re interested in doing something a little more unique and our whole ethos is to have fun with it – so we try to have fun with the whole process and not get too technical!” In terms of the ZigZag collaboration with Panzeri, Bird wanted to pay particular attention to the surface area of the pendant. “The more surface area, the better with acoustics. The way we achieved this is we created a zigzag-effect rather than flat panels, which helps in two ways - there is more surface area to absorb the sound, but also that angular form creates

an angular reflection, you don’t get that direct reflection, you get the sound just like light bounces off a surface. So, if it’s at a different angle, it will bounce in a different way, and thus increases what they call the decibel decay - you want the sound to dissipate as quickly as possible,” elaborated Bird. Much like many design journeys, there is always an element of trial and error. However, when it came to designing the ZigZag, Panzeri and Bird brought their industry experiences together. “A design and implementation of acoustic elements in an office space is a difficult thing to model, more difficult than modelling lighting, because so many factors impact on what’s going on,” continued Bird. “I think you get an understanding over time of what works and what doesn’t, what is better and what isn’t. We design fittings that we wouldn’t say are the best possible acoustic fittings, they offer something –

anything is better than nothing – and then we have really high performing acoustic products. We have big forms and lots of surface area inside and out, angularity etc. and I think you get an idea and get to know what works. We also get lots of feedback in spaces, especially in retrofits and remodels, where it was really reverberating and noisy. “We get a lot of people asking how many they should use and I always remind them they are light fittings, how many do they need to light the space, then the acoustics will just fall in line as part of it.” On Panzeri’s stand at Euroluce, the ZigZag was presented in a felt-textured dark grey material, but is available in multiple colours and textures to tailor to varying interior schemes. www.panzeri.it www.luxxbox.com


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Euroluce Product Review April 9-14, 2019, Milan, Italy

Vale Series by Caine Heintzman ANDlight The Vale Series crystallises light in its transitional state. The undulating profile of the lens translates emitted light to a striking gradient, while its prismatic surface further carries light across, creating a soft hue and ambient diffusion. Technically intricate, Vale optimises functionality through its multidirectional luminescence. Beyond providing structure for both lenses, a lightweight aluminium frame houses the technical aspects of the fixture. Channelled within, the electrical assembly and suspension system are discreetly integrated into the frame. The fixture may suspend horizontally and vertically; singularly and plurally; its compound curves oscillating with further confidence as they are repeated. The Vale series is available as a single pendant and surface mount. andlight.ca

Adonis by Marcel Wanders Barovier & Toso

Galaxy Brand Van Egmond

73V Bocci

Adonis is a collection of chandeliers created by Marcel Wanders. Featuring two models, the Adonis collection suggests the Dutch flower par excellence: the tulip. The closed, enveloping and secretive form of its petals has inspired an eclectic, fascinating design that gives rise to a luminous spindle in the space. www.barovier.com

Brand Van Egmond’s latest light fixture is inspired by the galaxy; a constellation of energy, movement and form. Propelling away from the centre of gravity towards clouds of stardust and outer planets. Orbiting through space, the composition offers a different experience when seen from different angles. brandvanegmond.com

Bocci’s latest offering 73V uses a Kevlarbased fabric gathered, textured and overlapped in pillows. Glass is then blown into the fabric, constricting the material as it expands. Once cooled, the shape takes its final form and as a final step, light is introduced at the densest area of the colour gradient in the pendant. www.bocci.ca


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Mico III Baroncelli

Origo Cone Manooi

Haeru nendo for Flos

The Mico III pendant’s warm LED radiates throughout each interlocked circular framework, bound by strands of glass beads, and finished with either satin gold or matte white clasps. Each ring is suspended from a single round ceiling canopy in either a satin gold or polished chrome finish with an adjustable drop. www.baroncelli.com

Origo Cone is a handcrafted contemporary crystal pendant lamp, designed by János Héder. This lamp offers many possibilities for arrangements in clusters or as single pendants. It is adorned with the highest quality crystals, and uses the LED light source. The shade is available in copper and chrome finishes. www.manooi.com

Translating to ‘grow’, Haeru consists of eight parts - three tables, two light fixtures and three supporting legs. The basic structure of the object is made of a threelegged table with a built-in battery. Two of the legs are cut shorter, thus allowing the user to change and add light fixtures and tabletops depending on their preference. www.flos.com

Sunflower David Trubridge Studio David Trubridge is known for his lighting designs inspired by nature. His Euroluce installation titled ‘Immersion’ had the intended double meaning of being underneath the water’s surface or below the surface of our thoughts. This deeper layer of consciousness and awareness is where creative people find their ideas. One of the newest products from the design studio is Sunflower a wall light that can be mounted over an existing wall sconce. It is a sculptural geometric form based on David’s inspection and love of the patterns found in nature. This is the first kitset wall shade from the brand. www.davidtrubridge.com


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Alchimie T by Giulia Archimede Catellani & Smith

Pomme CTO Lighting

The antithesis between light and dark, between the Sun and Moon, is everlasting, like part of the same flow of existence. Many allegorical meanings have been given to the necessary relationship between two elements that each exist as a consequence of the other. The new lamp Alchimie T, designed by Giulia Archimede for Catellani & Smith, investigates this dimension, whose components are diametrically opposed but always, and forever, connected. Alchimie T is an exquisite sculpture composed of two discs in brass and alabaster – the latter used for the first time in a Catellani & Smith creation – that, with a light touch of the hand, slide in parallel to one another on a track-base made of medea limestone. The interaction between light and shade reaches its peak the moment when the two discs overlap and almost mimic an eclipse. The movement, by changing both form and light intensity of the lamp to create a new ambience in the room, provides a unique user experience. Alchimie T forges a partnership between object and user, who is made to feel at ease and finds a connection with the space around them. www.catellanismith.com

Inspired by the gentle curves of petals coming into bloom, the curve of Pomme’s glass is achieved by experimenting with the material whilst still in its liquid form. The giant dimple at the centre gives the light a sculptural appeal. The table light comes in two finishes; tinted and matte opal, the metal base comes in two finishes, satin brass or bronze. ctolighting.co.uk

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UpTown Foscarini

Petra Icone Luce

Using the power cable as one of the main design features for this fixture, it is flattened to resemble a belt made of rubber and hangs from the ceiling. The cable holds a ribbed glass extrusion containing an LED and on a materials level the lamp plays on the contrast between the industrial feeling of the rubber and sophistication of glass. www.flos.com

UpTown is a combination of three plate glass volumes screen printed in tones of yellow, red and blue, overlaid to give rise to new shadings. Transparency is the guiding driving factor behind every step of the design, like the 45° cut that makes the meeting point of the glass panes imperceptible. www.foscarini.com

Characterised by square and regular shapes, Petra can be admired for its colours, an absolute peculiarity of the collection, which thanks to the careful selection of materials and tones, emerge in a unique way. Petra is available in Etruscan copper and brushed brass, Etruscan gold and silver, slate, white and ecru. www.iconeluce.com



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Amulette by Bernhardt & Vella Fabbian Designed by Bernhardt & Vella, the initial idea behind Amulette began two years ago when the design duo began working on decorative lighting concepts using LED technology. With a great tradition of working with glass and an expertise in LED lighting, Bernhardt & Vella approached Fabbian with their ideas. “We wanted to design a simple and versatile object, almost like a jewel,” the design duo tells darc. “Like a lucky stone, the glass reflects the light and is embedded in the metal frame. We worked with Fabbian on Amulette for around one year, with most of the time spent on engineering as we had to find a way to conceal the technological parts but produce something that still resulted in quality light.” The glass used for Amulette reflects the light and diffuses it throughout the room while encased in metal like a precious stone – almost like a lucky charm. Its perfectly sharp geometry, combined

with its compact size, underlines the exquisite finish of the engraved surfaces and the expressive power of metal. The shade is presented in extra-clear corrugated glass with frosted edges and is combined with a golden and black galvanic plating, satin-finish metal structure. “It’s a very versatile product,” the designers continue. “It’s suitable for both private and public spaces as its size allows you to create various compositions – there is also a wall-mounted version. What makes it unique is its very essential design… it’s not a simple lamp, but a luminous jewel with a timeless secret that explores ancestral and unexplored worlds that excite, illuminated by a magic born of its light. We hope Amulette will bring lots of luck to those that work with it.” www.fabbian.com www.bernhardt-vella.com


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Miami by Elena Salmistraro Il Fanale

Origo David Pompa Studio

Liana Lasvit

Miami is simple in essence but with a complex structure. The composition generates the feel of American Art Deco opulence and is composed of two metal rings acting as a base for the decorated glass plates, representing the body and soul of the lamp - generating a perfect balance between aesthetics and function. www.ilfanale.com

Geometry in its purest form - Origo embodies opposite essences mirroring volcanic rock and an opal glass diffuser. The soft light shines onto the texture of the volcanic rock, revealing its relief and contour. Sober and logical, both materials create a relationship between light and composition. www.davidpompa.com

Inspired by bio-lights and the Forlighten City, designer Maxim Velčovský has created Liana for Lasvit, a piece that holds the light in a glass bubble and is presented in a tunnel-shaped net. The overall piece resembles a tropical vine, hence it’s name, which is Czech for vine. Liana can be optimised for any space desired. www.lasvit.com

Chelsea by James Bartlett Innermost The new range of spun aluminium pendant lights designed by James Bartlett for Innermost. With a simple form that is reminiscent of an upturned teacup, these classic pendants are named after a traditional variety of teaware whose shape was identified as ‘Chelsea’. Each model is available in a choice of textured mint, terracotta or nude finish with a white interior, or in classic matte black or white exterior with contrasting antique gold interior. Light also emits from the top to create a delicate illumination around the exterior. These simple forms create beautiful pendants that suit a wide variety of applications. The versatile range works perfectly as a cluster, which is particularly effective with multiple colour choices. www.innermost.net


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Starlight by Serena Papait Karboxx Serena Papait’s version of the sky and earth has become an origami design from which the Starlight lamp was born. The design has a slender discreet shape that does not create light but shadows and reflections. The play on full and empty in the constant contrast between light and dark, gives the environment in which Starlight is placed a private atmosphere where time stops. The lamp hides the light source by incorporating it into the design itself through the lines where the LED strips are applied. The finishes were chosen in neutral tones because Starlight’s indirect light would have absorbed them and made them disappear. The bent sheet metal and laser cutting have balanced the thickness, giving this object a subtle presence. www.karboxx.com serenapapait.com

Gonzaga Karman

Slice by Ferruccio Laviani Laudarte

Domino Maxi Lumen Center Italia

Inspired by the portraits of Princes and Dukes - specifically, the neck ruff, but also by the eastern-style atmosphere created by nodowa and wagasa - Gonzaga consists of a pleated metal shade that surrounds a diffuser in blown glass and LED light source. Available in two sizes and white, black painted aluminium or natural brass. www.karmanitalia.it

Slice, as its name implies, is made from semi-circles of Scagliola that are placed on a central brass body and illuminated by LEDs, highlighting its finesse. The colours of the various segments are obtained through the use of semi-precious stone grit of Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Malachite, and Jasper, which give it a unique flavour. www.laudarte.com

Domino Maxi is a large metal ceiling lamp varnished with epoxy powders and using LED light sources. The product comes with numerous finishes and colour temperatures - Kelvin, optics. Customisable to your specific project requirements, it also comes with new accessories including: Okkio Spot and a bluetooth speaker. www.lumencenteritalia.com



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Elastica by Habit(s) Martinelli Luce

Primitive Structure Michael Anastassiades

Sito Series Occhio

Easy to adapt to the needs of different spaces, Elastica is a lamp stretched between ceiling and floor, composed of a strip of elasticised fabric available in various colours. The flexible LED circuit contained in the strip can be pulled up or down to brighten or dim the light and even switch the lamp on and off. www.martinelliluce.it

Michael Anastassiades’ first task light - the two geometric rectangular forms of black anodised aluminium are stacked in a simple T-shape. The point where they rest is the point of rotation allowing for a sequence of dimmable light that alternates on a 180º pivot. A wireless fixture, it has a battery life of eight hours and can be recharged by USB. michaelanastassiades.com

The Sito series consists of wall, ceiling, floor or path luminaires. Internal lenses generate the characteristic beam of light. Different selectable optics provide lighting effects to match the location. The wall luminaire is perfect for illuminating façades and garden walls. The VOLT light engine allows it to be connected to the mains. www.occhio.de

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Pole by Philippe Malouin Roll & Hill

Eden Rotaliana

Samara is a pared-back, geometric collection centred on the intersection between two disk shapes. Seamlessly connected disks, each containing a thin LED panel, emit a warm downwards glow. The versatile design adapts to wall, pendant, table and chandelier versions and is available in custom sizes and finishes. madebyluum.com

Rigid yet flexible, Pole’s aluminum construction and modular design allows it to create giant curves. Pole illuminates a broad range of space in multiple configurations along walls, floors, and ceilings. The area lit is solely under the curve and the span of light fittings is so long that it can cross over an entire living room. www.rollandhill.com

Designed by Dante Donegani and Giovanni Lauda, Eden is a family of floor lamps. Three large sound-absorbent leaves to which an LED is magnetically attached. Thanks to their soft padding and their special lining fabric, these leaves not only illuminate with indirect light but also help to improve acoustic comfort. www.rotaliana.com


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Meridiana Hind Rabii Studio Designed for Hind Rabii by Chiaramonte Marin Studio, Meridiana is not a sundial, even if it does play with the light. The process in fact is inverse: here the light is not the means, but the purpose, a great disk like the sun - hidden behind what looks like a big clock hand - it is a gentle, not blinding light. For more than 20 years, Hind Rabii has been producing collections that have all been the expression of a clearly established philosophy: to combine the pure lines of Scandinavian design with the creativity of the company’s founder and designer, who uses and takes advantage of her inspiration drawn from her country of origin, as well as others. The colours of the Mediterranean come together with Nordic design to create collections with unrivalled elegance and refinement, embellished with a touch of enchanting imagination. The company’s history is closely linked to the life of Hind Rabii, who breathes her creativity and inspiration into each project. The main characteristic is the variety of the materials and the elegance of the details. www.hindrabii.com chiaramontemarin.com


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Nh Series by Neri&Hu Artemide Nh continues the study of the dynamic interaction of expertise, details, materials, form, and light that Neri&Hu is developing with Artemide. A white blown glass sphere slides along a brushed brass ring, which allows it to take different positions and to freely adjust and direct the diffuser. The frame becomes a support, a hook to hang the appliance to the wall, or a handle promoting an interaction with light. Starting from this first element Neri & Hu developed a series of structures to bring light into space. After the wall version and the two suspensions with linear support elements presented in 2018, the family expands with more complex structures that accommodate spheres of different sizes. The glass sphere with hook is avaliable in three diameters (14, 22, 35cm). The new structures draw curved geometries and create a graphic balance of elements on which the

luminous spheres are free to move and bring the light to different positions. The selected materials represent a perfect combination of tradition and innovation, as well as the expression of responsible and sustainable design, also conveyed by the use of a low consumption retrofit LED source. Like all the projects designed by Neri&Hu, Nh offers a reinterpretation of South Asian culture and tradition with a constant contemporary approach. Nh is operated intuitively as a reference to the use of lanterns, and allows freedom in creating countless lightscapes. It is an essential, versatile element, suited to illuminate a variety of contexts in a simple and poetic manner. With surprising lightness and elementary movements Nh creates a landscape of elements generating – either individually or combined with each other – a non-static balanced composition characterised by elegant

colour and material matching. Nh becomes a family of elements: starting with the table version, Neri & Hu designed two suspensions and one wall lamp. The most basic version features a clamp for wall fixings and in the suspension version, a light metal rod is hung horizontally and supports the brass ring that holds the sphere. The base element of Nh thus moves freely in space, the luminous sphere is free to slide and take light to different positions. This structure is then repeated on three levels in a cluster element that also introduces the possibility of changing the angles generated between the rods: one of the suspension cables is shared by the three rods, whereas the other can be set freely in space to define the overall geometry. www.artemide.com www.neriandhu.com


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Kimono Designheure The Japanese dress style has been defined for generations by one garment: the kimono. Aesthetically fascinating, its function seems to hide and unveil all at once. The Kimono is made from four unique pieces; simple but complex, it has become the symbol of Japanese elegance and culture. The collection Kimono is designed as a tribute. It was born of admiration for an 8th Century tradition that has been and remains, a revelation for all areas of design in the world. Available in two sizes and three standard colours, custom made colours are also available on request. www.designheure.com

Carousel of Light Preciosa Lighting The Carousel of Light is a playful immersion into light. Life is defined by experiences, interactions and memories. Preciosa creates lighting with emotion, lighting that connects people. To emphasise Preciosa’s signature joy of light, visitors to Preciosa’s Euroluce stand were guided through a sensory design journey. Carousel of Light is composed of nearly 8,000 spheres in opal, amber, clear and pink frosted hues, stretching eight-metres in diameter. As the visitor wanders through the strings of pearls, the lights above illuminate, fading away as they move through. The carousel’s platform slowly rotates, creating a shared experience for everyone discovering the installation. Visitors could choose to walk through on their own, or allow the carousel to move them through the lights. www.preciosalighting.com


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Dress Code by Mirco Crosatto Linea Light Group Dress Code ‘dresses’ the light with the elegance typical of the Made in Italy stamp of approval. The new table lamp from Linea Light is composed of interchangeable parts in each component, from the articulated head with LED source to the tapered arm, also articulated, up to the solid circular base. A central aluminium skeleton serves as the base for the ‘dress’, composed of pieces that can be detached and replaced with other finishes, so the user can create monochrome models and renew the image of their Dress Code at will, or create imaginative two-tone finishes. The structure is solid and robust, the joints reliable, the aesthetics unmistakably elegant. www.linealight.com

Magma Tala

Dinor Wever & Ducre

Halo Willowlamp

A sustainable solution and an exploration of upcycled materials that accentuate the light created by Tala’s dim-to-warm Sphere lamps. Magma combines matte black aluminium and steel frames with translucent, white discs made from Glaskeramik - made using repurposed waste from broken solar panel glass. www.tala.co.uk

Dinor is an LED luminaire made of ultra-thin aluminium. Featuring a minimalist design that perfectly suits contemporary interior design concepts it is available in several sizes and colour alternatives including: black-gold, red-white, and grey-white. Dinor partners well with Roomor - a system developed for hotels. www.weverducre.com

The Halo, is a statement-making exploration of architectural lines and is inspired by Spanish modernist architect Antoni Gaudi and the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. Gaudi used inverted chain models to simulate the structural forces of compression; this method captivated willowlamp’s Adam Hoet in this latest piece. www.willowlamp.com


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OE Quasi by Olafur Eilasson Louis Poulsen Louis Poulsen has collaborated with DanishIcelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson on a new, large-scale pendant light. The product was revealed for the first time at Euroluce and uses geometry to shape light. This collaboration reinforces Louis Poulsen and Eliasson’s shared idea that good light = good life. The light, designed by Eliasson, is composed of two contrasting geometric shapes, a rigid outer frame and a soft, layered interior. Its complex shape is perceived differently depending on where the observer stands, creating endless interpretations and perspectives that make the light come to life. www.louispoulsen.com www.olafureliasson.net

Luna Gabriel Scott

Camouflage Ai Lati Lights

Circ Estiluz

The Luna Series explores a marriage of two lights: the tube pieces, emulating commercial tube lighting and the blown glass lights, which resemble precious beads. The two counterbalance each other and push forward a more feminine and softer look, which is a refreshing move forward for the designers. www.gabriel-scott.com

Designed by Federico De Majo, Camouflage is a collection of wall, ceiling, pendant and floor lamps from Ai Lati Light. Made of self-extinguishing ultra-light material with a wall finish in sand, white and anthracite, and a transparent polycarbonate diffuser, the lamp can be customised and painted as required during the assembly phase. www.zafferanoitalia.com/ailatilights

Circ is an indoor and outdoor lamp designed from a sphere of enveloping light, which dialogues with different wrought iron supports to configure the identity of each element of the collection. The outdoor version uses a resistant screen of polyethylene, whereas the indoor version uses glass. www.estiluz.com


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2019 Collection Oxen Luce This year’s Euroluce saw Italian lighting brand Oxen Luce – part of the NexoLuce group – launch a comprehensive decorative lighting range. The Oxen Luce line draws inspiration from simple geometrical shapes and focuses not only on the aesthetics of the products, but also on the artistic lighting effect they produce onto the surrounding surfaces. The name chosen for each piece is derived from its shape such as Sipario, Ruota, Pergola, Gricia and so on, expressed in the language where the brand’s headquarter and factory are located - Italy. Created over an eighteen month period, from initial concept design developed by Oxen’s in-house design team, to the final production stage, for Oxen Production Manager Marco Corbetta, the most challenging aspect of producing the range was ensuring each single lighting piece is unique, while using the same production methods as the company’s ‘made to measure’ production techniques. “We also

had to find the right balance between minimalism and eclecticism,” Corbetta tells darc. “The collection is mainly made of blown glass and steel with special finishes such as satin champagne, satin gold, galvanized copper, black nickel and so on. We also kept the products free from complex electronics by using LED lamps that are easily exchangeable.” The Oxen range includes various products featuring ceiling, floor, pendant, wall, table lights as well as bespoke possibilities. Its overall design language feels familiar and comfortable yet distinctive, and would suit luxurious lounges, hotel halls or private residences. “Oxen meets various styles and interior designs,” adds Corbetta. “The line is a blend of minimalism and eclecticism made of materials and colours that do not fade over time.” Pictured is the Medusa table lamp. www.oxenluce.com



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Inviting by Bohman & Folenius Faro Barcelona Winner of the iF Award, the German Design Award and the Red Dot Award, Faro Barcelona’s Inviting task light is an individually controlled light that can be used in a professional environment but foremost in a domestic office setting. Different tasks require different kinds of illumination and also require different work zones, whether the kitchen table, sofa or the bed. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice light quality. As such, Faro started looking at how to accommodate different user needs and especially how to get people to actually interact with, and change the light to suit their own needs. The designers behind Inviting, Johan Bohman and Isak Folenius, speak exclusively to darc about the product’s concept: “We wanted to create a family of lights that could provide high-quality task lighting for both a conventional workplace and a home office. We also wanted to give the user the possibility of choosing between different light depending on their current mood and

needs. For the user to interact with the lamp in such a way we tried to make the interaction playful and ‘inviting’; but at the same time, it was important for us to achieve a consistent interaction within the family. “We first stated working on the concept in 2016 before refining the design in 2017 when we compiled a family to be shown in Milan. Faro Barcelona took over the production work and made it ready for market and it was fully introduced towards the end of 2018. “The design process was a very hands-on approach. We played around with different kinds of LEDs, testing and exploring light and interaction through mock-ups made out of cardboard, paper, wood and already existing mechanical parts. “When we found a way in which to achieve this, we started playing a lot with the proportions of the main interaction point – the circular knob. A lot of creative process focused on detailing the artefact so it would

fit peoples’ homes, both aesthetically and functionally. The main material used is cast and machined aluminium with a powder coated surface treatment in white, black, metallic grey and yellow and for the joints we used plastic.” For Bohman and Folenius the biggest challenge with this project came down to timings as it had to be ready for Faro’s upcoming catalogue at the end of 2018; this meant going from a working prototype to final product in six months. “As well as this, trying to fit all the electronics inside the head, without increasing the size and then still getting a smooth sliding and rotating feeling of the knob was a big hurdle,” they tell darc. “Let’s put it this way, there was a bunch of cables in there for the first prototype!” Asked to describe Inviting in three words, the designers respond: “Playful, Scandinavian and Human-Centric.” faro.es bohmanfolenius.com


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Facet by Lars Vejen Light-Point On show at this year’s Euroluce, the Facet wall lamp, part of a range of ultra modern lighting by Light-Point, has recently won a prestigious Red Dot award for high-quality design. This product combines functionality with an intriguing asymmetric appearance. The idea behind the Facet wall lamp, which was designed by Danish architect Lars Vejen, was to create a simple, functional and durable design, that would become a future classic in terms of lighting. The design is based on an asymmetric extruded aluminium profile with a square-shaped back. Two different angles are cut in to shape the profile, one at the top and one at the bottom, so the dimmable LED light source spreads through the design. Light can then be directed upwards and downwards as required. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, is available in two sizes and comes in either black or white. The production of the Facet lamp merges industrial processes with a handcrafted finish, to achieve a streamlined product, yet one with the required attention to detail. In this way, form and function seamlessly work together to balance the overall design of the product. Speaking exclusively with darc folllowing this year’s Euroluce, Vejen says of its design: “I had carried out some research into finding the right partner for the Facet lamp and chose to contact Light-Point as I felt their quality and style was a good match to my design. I proposed the idea and concept, which was to create a simple, classic and high quality design with a twist and with functionality for both outdoor and indoor use. I wanted to merge modern, rational production with the detailed finish of traditional handcrafted production and this was also where I found Light-Point a good match. “The concept was presented as a simple handsketch accompanied with photos of a rough 1:1 scale paper model, but after working out further details and by making a few minor changes it was quite a straightforward process in realising the design. “Made from extruded aluminium, we then worked with this to shape the final design, giving the lamp both functional and aesthetic value. I started working with a system based on the square shape to decide the final geometry and ended up with a free hand/eye/sense final molding to complete the design. “I feel Facet is suitable in a wide range of both exterior and interior contexts; from illuminating the entrance and outdoor areas of a private home or office building to interior hallways, lounge areas or restaurants. I think it is liked by such a wide audience, because it works with the square as its basis and then still - in a simple and ‘non-noisy’ way - adds the geometric twist giving it character and functionality. “The two different angled cuts in top and bottom gives the lamp its design character while at the same time distributing light in two different spreads. So a direct connection between form and function still merged with the rational production method and no compromise to materiality and handcrafted quality.” light-point.com www.larsvejen.dk


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Night Bloom by Marcel Wanders Lladro

Multiverse by Thierry d’Istria Arpel Lighting

Oscar by Dodo Arslan Terzani

The Night Bloom collection includes a pendant, floor lamp, desk lamp and wall lamp, each offering a three-dimensional relief pattern. Featuring a soft gold contoured line that recalls the ancient Kintsugi Japanese technique, it creates a repetitive assortment, each petal positioned to take advantage of LED technology. www.lladro.com

A fan of science fiction, Multiverse’s designer Thierry d’Istria was inspired by the wormhole (also called Einstein-Rosen bridge) which is a speculative shortcut through space-time. Like the bridges linking two points in space, the Multiverse lamp is the link between direct lighting and indirect lighting. www.arpel-lighting.com

Paying tribute to one of the founders of modern architecture, designer Dodo Arslan has created a series of lights named Oscar, which pay homage through their adoption of Oscar Niemeyer’s signature sensuous curves. Available in a floor, table, and standing format, Oscar consists of glass orbs delicately held by curved brass. www.terzani.com

Ivy by Lucie Koldova Brokis

Make It Faro Barcelona

VOA Serip

Nature and its life-giving beauty and strength serve as the model for this new light concept. Offering a special system of modular components meaning it can be used to achieve a highly innovative take on decorative lighting in both vertical and horizontal compositions, the collection features three sizes in opal or smoke glass. www.brokis.cz

Make It is an indoor luminaire composed of a battery-powered LED and a printable 3D diffuser. The battery is recharged by means of a MiniUSB cable, which gives it an autonomy of 3-4 hours at maximum power. The versatility of Make It allows it to be placed in a multitude of spaces thanks to its reduced size and wireless operation. faro.es

Either in suspension or standing against a wall, the use of the Hirundo Rustica swallows in this latest Serip piece create a dramatic game of shadows and light. The swallows stay aligned, side by side, in an extreme organic and sharp textured tree branch, creating extraordinary contrasts with the fluid shapes of their bodies. www.serip.com.pt


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Gemma by Daniel Szöllösi Preciosa Lighting Alluringly practical, Gemma shines an exquisite light on functionality. A column of detailed cut crystal gently illuminates from the top, while a purposeful light radiates downward. The stainless steel and glass casing make it a graceful addition to any space. Gemma is the perfect combination of contemporary heritage, with its modern form featuring traditional glass cutting techniques and material by designer Daniel Szöllösi. Speaking exclusively with darc, Szöllösi explained his vision behind the new release. “The concept was inspired by Preciosa’s traditional glass cutting craft and the way glass transforms into what I see as a gemstone. Its concept was inspired simply by the fact that there was no lamp in Preciosa’s portfolio with both functional and decorative lighting features. I imagined a contemporary design yet a classy one that is very functional and can be used both as a spotlight over a reading table, reception area, table in a restaurant, or as a source of ambient, more decorative and magical light. Gemma can fit any given space by adjusting the light from both sources as desired.” A relatively young designer, Szöllösi’s relationship with Preciosa began when he was working on his diploma thesis and received callback from the lighting brand

for an interview. Preciosa selects three diploma works each year, with the idea of producing them as fully functional prototypes. With a decision to be made – should he continue with his diploma thesis on chair design or take an entirely new direction to work on a pendant – the Gemma lamp was born. Commenting on the process so far, Szöllösi tells darc: “One of the most challenging aspects of this project was finding the technical solutions that allows the design to be fully functional yet aesthetically pleasing. For example, I had to design a solution to wire up the socket for the bottom spotlight lamp - it has to be invisible yet at the same time, is placed behind transparent glass. Another, similarly difficult part was designing a way for owners to easily remove the middle component in order to change both light sources; the final design only takes three moves: upward push, leftward twist, downward pull. As with a lot of Preciosa’s works, Gemma makes use of crystal glass and metal. Szöllösi continues: “One of things about working with glass that fascinates me is how it is created from the amorphous molten silica mineral, but ends up as a refined piece of glass in any shape, but at the same time complements a stainless steel pipe that is, in contrast, machine produced from

start to finish.” What makes Gemma stand out from the rest of the Preciosa range, is its use of two light sources that have different functions and can be independently controlled. The combination of direct light from the spotlight placed at the bottom of the lamp and indirect ambient light emitted from the lamp placed in the centre of the fixture offer different lighting options but in one designer piece. “Gemma uses simple technologies allowing the customer to do all the maintenance,” says Szöllösi. “The setup of the lamps and the wiring allows the fixture to be connected via various control systems. Both the ambient lamp and the spotlight are individually controlled and on dimmers. This gives the user ultimate control on the amount of lighting needed at any particular time.” The design concept of Gemma makes it suitable for any environment imaginable. With three modifications available – frosted, clear, and a frosted wedge cut, key features of the fixture make it suitable for environments where you want to create the perfect mood lighting, but it also fits areas for work or reading when more direct light is required. www.preciosalighting.com



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Gatsby by Ramon Esteve Vondom Presented at this year’s Salone del Mobile, the Gatsby collection from Vondom, designed by product designer Ramón Esteve, recalls the era of Art Deco lighting. Esteve has been working with Vondom since 2010 very beginning and was in charge of the brand’s artistic management from 20122017, shaping it in its different phases of growth. Speaking with darc about the new lighting collection, Esteve says: “We had been thinking about designing a small battery powered table lamp for a while. I sketched out several very different proposals and finally decided to make it in a transparent polycarbonate material, which was vital in obtaining the final result. From here onwards, as usual when working with Vondom, the process was fast and fluid. The lamp was born from the idea of creating an evolving item through a suggestive combination of lights, achieved by the surfaces of the piece. This polycarbonate

material recreates the sensations and shapes of engraved glass and a very special combination of light and shadows when switched on. “The Gatsby lamp is ideal for creating special atmospheres in both the privacy of your own home or public spaces, thanks to the patterns that the light sketches when it projects the shapes of the glass.” Its autonomy, adjustable light intensity and the possibility of choosing the projected colour at any moment makes Gatsby a perfect technological solution. “Thanks to its lithium battery, this piece has a very long autonomy and its charging method is very simple, similar to a mobile phone charger,” says Esteve. “There were various challenges with this project – we had to seriously think about the proportions of the lamp in order to accommodate the electronic components necessary. As well as that, when you are elaborating a transparent injection piece, you have to

work to disguise its own unmoulding marks. “I think the most distinctive thing about Gatsby in comparison to other lighting products available is its pronounced Art Deco aesthetic. Of course the feeling it creates due to the symmetrical patterns the light reflects when it projects on to its geometric shapes, makes Gatsby a very special lamp in any atmosphere. It is a classic, sophisticated and contemporary piece.” www.vondom.com www.ramonesteve.com


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Il Silenzio SAAS Instruments

Propella Duncan Meerding Studio

Victoria Blond

Il Silenzio is inspired by the silence of the light. The high quality LED light gives gentle and focused downlight by the handmade glass piece formed like the trumpet and inside, there is a traditional Venetian mirror finish. It is light that combines Scandinavian design with traditional Italian craftsmanship. saas.fi

The new Propella light, seen here in black stain, casts dramatic shadows through an eight-bladed form. Each piece is handcrafted from Tasmanian Eucalyptus, Blackwood and aluminium - meshing organic and industrial shapes and is flat-packed to reduce shipping costs and its effect on the environment. wwww.duncanmeerding.com.au

Victoria is the latest collaboration between Bornstein Lyckefors and Swedish manufacturer Blond. The luminaire featured three different patterns on the reflector, in two different sizes and is suitable for indoor and outdoor applications.It is possible to hang the luminaires as single pendants or in a row by catenary suspension. www.blond.se

Illan by Zsuzsanna Horvath Luceplan

Ringo Formagenda

Interweave by Pallavi Deain Artemide

Technological innovation and research into materials melt harmoniously into the suspension lamp Illan from Hungarian designer Zsuzsanna Horvath. The decorative character of the lamp is emphasised by the lightweight laser-cut plywood featuring equidistant lines, suspended from the ceiling. Available in multiple sizes. luceplan.com

Available as a wall or ceiling light, the soft shape of Ringo resolves the mostly simple geometry of a standard round ceiling light. There are four versions: Version A for evenly distributed light, Version B emits light both to the front and the rear, Version C radiates to the front and Version D is steamed on the front providing indirect light. www.formagenda.com

A flexible system that integrates light and services. Suspended cylinders fixed to the ceiling or wall guide a flexible LED light line, allowing you to freely model it following soft and unexpected geometries. The light connects the different elements of the system, evoking a theme of connections and relationships. www.artemide.com


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Hotaru by OEO Studios Stellar Works During Milan Design Week, darc sat down with designers Thomas Lykke and AnneMarie Buemann from OEO Studios, to talk about their latest collaboration with Stellar Works and their first lighting range. Founded in 2003, Copenhagen-based OEO Studio is a multidisciplinary design studio that focuses on interior architecture, product design and brand innovation. Head of Design and Founder Thomas Lykke and Managing Partner Anne-Marie Buemann are strong believers in “reason for being”. They share an ardent drive and passion for creating products and experiences that harbour an inner sense of necessity and sacrifice enduring quality. They also share a common love for craftsmanship, tactile natural materials and a lived-in sensibility when creating meaningful products and spaces. Their profound understanding of the personality of a brand, their human approach and their

insatiable curiosity has given them their reputation and success in the industry. OEO Studio has been a long-standing design partner with Stellar Works, a contemporary furniture design brand from Asia that was established as a partnership between Yuichiro Hori and French manufacturer, Laval. Lykke explained their collaboration further: “Stellar Works started as a brand back in 2012 and we worked closely with them to create the brand vision, name and philosophy of Stellar Works, with the aim of being the first internationally acknowledged brand from China.” The idea to create a lighting collection began this time last year at Salone Del Mobile 2018. “Lyndon Neri and Rosanna Hu, the Creative Directors of Stellar Works, asked us if we wanted to venture more into lighting. We hadn’t done much lighting before - we did a fixture called Kyoto Lamp

for Stellar Works, but it had a very different typology and was very low tech,” explained Lykke. Hotaru is the first lighting collection to be created for Stellar Works and embodies the design ethos of old and new together. “We feel it sits really well within the wider collection of Stellar Works, bridging the gap between the vintage and new collections, with a nod to the analogue but contemporary aesthetic,” described Lykke. “We wanted to create something that didn’t look like other lamps - this collection looks very simple, especially the desk and floor lamps. We wanted them to have a strong character of their own. “It is also a good balance of being inspired by an industrial process with very analogue functions. We were very inspired by old record players with the arm and needle that comes up and swings over to the record. As well as this, I love taking pictures with a


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film camera – it is very tactile process that added to the inspiration of taking a handson approach. Various subtle languages and a little masculinity in the look is balanced with a satin white glass shade, bringing a feminine note to the piece.” With much of today’s innovative lighting, user technology is high on the list of design elements, with abilities to control fittings from a mobile phone to hand movement recognition. Lykke and Buemann wanted to take a step away from this and continue with the nostalgic analogue approach. “We wanted personal interaction with the light. It has a lot of features that allow you to turn it and move it around, but it forces you to do it by hand. There is the ability to dim the desk and floor lamps but also by hand – it’s more tactile. We are merging technology, analogue and simplicity.” The design behind Hotaru is playful and sculptural – a distillation of the essential

elements of form and function. It seeks to echo the personal interaction-based design ethos, and offers great function, combined with tactility and a celebration of mechanism. The design was a very personal process for both Lykke and Buemann; creating something they would want to use in their own interior design projects. They also felt it was important for the design to be able to blend into an interior scheme, whether residential or hospitality, without outshining other design features or pieces of furniture. Its place is as a sculptural edition with a function. “It’s very poetic, the way it glows, that’s why we gave it the name Hotaru, which means firefly in Japanese, as they look like they glow in the dark. “It was not intentionally influenced by Japan, but I guess maybe there was a subconscious influence – the poetry and reference to a lantern. If you look at the

metal structure, it is not Japanese-like at all, it’s much more Italian-made.” It appears the design of the Hotaru collection cleverly mirrors the Stellar Works brand itself, with a cross over between Asia and the West, presenting a modern interpretation of different cultures combined together through design. Currently, the Hotaru collection takes shape in the form of a desk lamp, floor lamp and a small and large pendant, however the team are working hard on phase two of the collection that is still awaiting a launch date. “It’s rather an extensive collection, we also have chandeliers and wall lamps coming! There are still some bits and bobs that need tweaking to make things perfect, then we’ll go ahead and continue with the launch,” concluded Lykke. www.stellarworks.com www.oeo.dk


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Caffè Populaire Lambert & Fils / DWA Design Studio Presented by Lambert & Fils and DWA Design Studio, Caffè Populaire was a six-day concept caffè, aimed at bringing people and design into dynamic encounters through the essentiality of food. The duo transformed the industrial backdrop of Milan’s Alcova building - a defunct panettone factory - into a café-bar, inviting people to gather around a common table to share food and ideas. DWA Design Studio reimagined Alcova as a multisensory space filled with installations from a collective of international talent. Montreal’s Lambert & Fils showcased two new contemporary lighting collections: Sainte and Hutchison. The dramatic forms of these collections filled the rooms of the factory, creating a conversation of opposites - raw and refined, past and present. Intended to be a place of sanctuary during the hustle of Milan Design Week, Caffè Populaire served as an environment of potential, imagined by two design studios that share the ideal that design cannot exist without dialogue. www.caffepopulaire.com www.lambertetfils.com www.dw-a.it

The Manzoni Tom Dixon Tom Dixon returned to Milan rethinking how a design brand can embed itself into the heart of the city. The Manzoni is a new 100-cover restaurant created by Dixon’s Design Research Studio and is the brand’s first mainland European home. Tom Dixon said: “With the city being so active right now, it is the right time to build something permanent. With The Manzoni, people are able to experience our new collections in an active context.” New collections on show included lighting families Spring and Opal. Spring (pictured is a series of three pendant lamps. Pliant ribbons of stainless steel are arranged like a whisk around custom-made dimmable Tom Dixon LEDs. The semi-transparent shape created can be adjusted to a variety of silhouettes. Opal is a family of semi translucent globes that maintain an ethereal ghostliness in the daylight and at night form a perfectly illuminated sphere. Coupled with dimmable Tom Dixon LEDs, the Opal range emits a soft, diffused and flattering light. www.tomdixon.net


Bespoke Chandelier & Custom Lighting Artwork. Southern Flame – For the Southern Guild Gallery / Cape town info@willowlamp.com www.willowlamp.com


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Kreon Showroom Opening Kreon celebrated the opening of its new Tortona-based showroom during this year’s Milan Design Week, with a night of hikari gin! In among the new innovations on show, was the new Oran line, which marks the company’s first foray into decorative lighting. Consisting of pendant and ceiling luminaires, they are available in black and white, or in pure materials such as bronze. The mouthblown lamps come in two shapes, round or cone-shaped, or in alabaster. The pendant is optionally covered by a lampshade. Oran’s design is based on the architectural principle of the ‘plastic number’. The

basic shapes that can be derived from the number’s proportions make up the building blocks of this new line of lighting luminaries. Designing from the plastic number means working with spatial components. Creating spatial luminaires is in strong contrast with Kreon’s earlier designing principles, which were exclusively applied to flat surfaces. For Kreon, Oran is its first design to claim space and to actively demand to be a part of it. The product’s spatiality can be seen in its proportions, as well as its dimensions and materialisation. The unique form of Oran’s reflector inside the lamp was inspired by aspects of nature,

specifically, the Japanese Venus’ flower basket sponge. The reflector is printed with 3D-techniques. To mimic the natural shape of the Venus’ flower basket, a simple element is enlarged in a tiered manner giving Oran’s reflector the appearance of having grown in an organic way. While using the newest techniques, the Oran’s glass lamp is mouthblown, reminiscent of traditional methods. The Oran line utilises artisan techniques and modern technologies in one design. www.kreon.com


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Women in Lighting Meet & Greet On April 8, one month after the launch of the international Women in Lighting project, the Italian Ambassador Giorgia Brusemini of the Italian lighting blog Ogni casa è illuminata, with the support of formalighting, organised a special meeting in Milan: an aperitif and the opening of Milan Design Week, in conjunction with Euroluce. It was an opportunity to network and learn about Light Collective, creators of the Women in Lighting digital platform during their visit to Italy. The evening was attended not only by Italian lighting designers such as Claudia Giacomobello and Giovanni Liotta from Save the Clock,

Massimiliano Cirillo from the Corte Gherardi Lighting Studio, Giacomo Rossi from Studio Rossi Lighting Design and Lorenzo Bruscaglioni from Luminae Studio, but also by international designers who travelled to Milan for the fair, such as designer Christine Kuhne. Several Women in Lighting Ambassadors were also in attendance, including Ambassador for India Helena Gentillini, Russia’s Ambassador Holga Tuzova, alongside formalighting’s Sharon Maghnagi and several other supporters of the project. www.womeninlighting.com


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Curiousa & Curiousa I Chiostri di San Banarba Curiousa & Curiousa took part in Milan Design Week for the first time this year, having been invited to dress the I Chiostri di San Barnaba restaurant, situated in the magnificent 15th Century cloisters and courtyard of San Barnaba. Guests were greeted by a series of the manufacturer’s handblown glass Cluster chandeliers glowing in the covered colonnades. Curiousa & Curiousa’s silk Ume Lanterns gently illuminated the shaded courtyard, while a combination of Triptych and Stemmed Retro Glass lights lit up the alfresco dining area. Alongside Curiousa & Curiousa’s lights were displays from Pink Pampas, who showcased their vibrant Mexican interior motifs, and Vitra’s card designs from Alexander Girard and Charles & Ray Eames. www.curiousa.co.uk

Oikoi Launch New lighting brand Oikoi made its debut at Milan Design Week, presenting its first collection of four lights with different shapes and glass texture. Oikoi stems from the desire to develop a collection that combines the creativity of a team of Italian designers - Erika Baffico and Sebastiano Tonelli - with the technical and production expertise offered by China. With its new range, Oikoi rethinks the approach to the concept of light, using glass as a point of departure to create lighting solutions in which aesthetic appeal and functionality co-exist. The desire to explore the possibilities of industrial glass processes led the Oikoi team to adopt the printing technology that enhances the material, creating a product with meticulously defined details and finishes. The use of a parametric algorithm in the design phase produces textures on the glass through which the light is either evenly diffused or encircled, creating magical atmospheres. www.oikoidesign.it


Light at Clerkenwell Design Week An immersive showcase of decorative and architectural lighting in fabric nightclub REGISTER FOR FREE clerkenwelldesignweek.com #CDW2019 #CDW10


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Archiproducts Milano 2019 The New Design Experience This year's event brought visitors Bticino’s Living Now Apartment by Marcante Testa, Truly Design’s installation for Volkswagen, and over 50 partner brands in fifteen rooms where the keyword was ‘eclectic’.

The Archiproducts Design Experience is now in its fourth edition, and has become a fundamental rendezvous for anyone in Milan during Design Week. Over 50,000 professionals from all over the world flock to the Via Tortona location during the Fuorisalone – the allure? The plethora of installations, immersive experiences and exhibition itineraries breaching the borders where design and its collateral worlds meet, blend and overlap.The Archiproducts Milano space donned a new layout this year, with

a design set that included over 50 partner brands. Amid returning partnerships and new collaborations, the indoor and outdoor spaces of Archiproducts Milano turned into a visionary project that spoke its truth through eclecticism. The fifteen rooms of Via Tortona 31 thus became individual worlds where daring stylistic and sensorial explorations reflected personalities, moods and tendencies. Within the co-networking hub, architects, journalists, companies

and designers were guided through an interactive itinerary in a location that is digital at heart, and that transforms itself every year, from floors to ceilings, and from terrace to façade. Hundreds of feather-light aluminum chains dressed the building’s façade, jamming to the graphic beat of artwork by Turin-based studio Truly Design in collaboration with Kriskadecor. This year's Archiproducts Milano partners Desalto and SP01 contributed to the


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location’s decoration alongside Dooq, Freifrau, JANUA, L’Ottocento, Novamobili, Objets Architecturaux, and Wagner, while the workplace took on new forms in Room 11, with BuzziSpace designing a flexible and functional set-up, with innovative solutions for sound absorption and furniture accessories that redefine traditional working practices. On the ground floor, the partnership with Japanese brands soil and +d continued for 2019, with their designs to grab on-the-go in the pop-up shop, while the outdoor space was entrusted to Serbian brand Extremis and Garda Furniture. The staircase of Via Tortona, took visitors through an evocative journey channelled through Coordonné, whose captivating wallpaper tonalities make the Spanish brand’s products instantly recognisable. Ceramica Vogue, Florim Ceramiche and CEDIT - Ceramiche D’Italia added their own personal touch to the space’s interiors. The décor elements included products

by 101 Copenhagen, Paola Paronetto, Mutaforma and Hobby Flower. The floors showcased the delicate patterns of Toulemonde Bochart rugs, while ONE Mario Sirtori fabrics returned to enrich the building’s rooms through their chromatic juxtapositions and strong hues. The entire set was lit up by the luminary creations of Flos, Vibia, Astro Lighting, ANDlight, Veronese, Zero and Vetreria Vistosi. Moving up to the venue’s first floor, visitors were welcomed into the BTicino home: Living Now Apartment, designed by the Marcante Testa studio. The interior arrangement here dialogues fluidly with technology, in a perfect symbiosis between innovation and design. The Living Now Apartment offered a living experience with all the comforts intrinsic to the domotics of a smarthome, in a sophisticated and progressive interior design project. The understated discretion of BTicino technology allowed for the domotics system to be

perceived through the Living Now devices. This smooth technology is capable of blending in and inserting itself seamlessly into the lifestyle dynamics of a domestic habitat. The concept behind Living Now was interpreted through Marcante Testa’s design vision: two rooms that symbolise two distinct home environments in terms of language and colour accents. The project featured environments that are functionally connected and integrated through a basic need for serene and accessible living. www.archiproducts.com


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Promoting Design Relationships As one of the premier design events held in New York each May, for 2019, WantedDesign will concentrate on conscious design, while bringing the design worlds of both North and South America to the forefront of visitors' attention.

2019 marks the ninth edition of WantedDesign Manhattan and the sixth edition of WantedDesign Brooklyn. When on the edge of a decade you really want to make sure your event is going to have an impact on the industry and this is why WantedDesign founders Claire Pijoulat and Odile Hainaut have focused on a leading message for this year’s event, with the notion of Conscious Design. “We try as much as possible to encourage our exhibitors to present projects that could contribute to build a more sustainable environment,” they tell darc. “There will be a few at WantedDesign Manhattan - in particular the ‘Wanted Interiors Future of Bathroom 2025’, with the American Standard and Pratt Students project and there’s certainly lots of interesting projects from design schools in Brooklyn. As well as this, as show organisers we have created a strict zero waste policy, it worked well last year and we reduced our waste by 50%. We want to do even more in 2019.” Also new for 2019, is an honoree guest for the IC Design Festival - Humberto Campana. The Campana brothers are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their studio and 10th anniversary of the Instituto Campana. “We are really thrilled to have Humberto Campana involved - he will be part of a ceramic workshop with Central Saint Martins at Industry City and will participate in conversation during the event,” say Pijoulat and Hainaut. “The Campana brothers are definitely inspiring and a model for their human centric approach. “We will also be welcoming a considerable amount of design schools at WantedDesign Brooklyn, with no less than 30 schools from all over the world. China, El Salvador, Poland, France, USA, UK, Mexico and Columbia to name just a few… We have so many countries represented that it creates a unique opportunity for younger

designers to start building their professional network through the design school workshop and the design school exhibition. Over at WantedDesign Manhattan we will also include a new group of exhibitors under the group title ‘Egypt’.” WantedDesign has always been a pioneer in bringing a very diverse sample of the international design scene to NYC and has found amazing partners to do so with. This year Mexico, Colombia and Argentina will return as group exhibits. “Mexico Territorio Creativo, curated by Design Week Mexico, features eleven national talents and one university project,” the show organisers tell darc. “Mexico Territorio Creativo is an organisation that brings together and promotes creative production in Mexico, under the mission of shared and empowered design.” MXTC brings to WantedDesign the most representative of contemporary design culture, which reflects the new creative panorama under the premises of sustainability, cultural identity, eco-design, simplicity and style. “Alongside this, once again Medellin Design Week presents its May Day Exhibition to showcase Colombian contemporary design, unique pieces, crafts and furniture to the WantedDesign audience,” the founders continue. “This exhibition brings together different studios of product design, art, and pieces for interior design in different techniques and materials - some traditional, others experimental. “At WantedDesign Brooklyn we will have an exhibition coming from Argentina - Saber Hacer, curated by Luján Cambariere. Showing that in the south of the world, the lack of major industries or technologies can be transformed into a big tool of social inclusion, retrieving techniques and materials.” Commenting on the important role South

American brands have to play in the WantedDesign format, Pijoulat and Hainaut continue: “Each country is different, and has a different design approach. But all of them offer a subtle blend of tradition and contemporary touch. You can tell they have very vivid crafts that designers know how to use to create sophisticated objects and pieces of furniture that are very far away from any local folklore. Latin countries develop a design language that is very original with high-end manufacturing, and can relate to the US market very easily. “We have a strong trend in the USA for the revival of the maker movement - designers are also manufacturers and entrepreneurs and do not rely on brands to create and distribute their products as they would in Europe for instance. This business model was developed to respond to the specific need from US interior designers and architects to source local high-end unique and custom made products. “It seems that the Latin American designers work in a pretty similar way, they're independent studios and create collections of products with lots of know how. But, with different natural resources, materials and design culture, they all have very different design languages and typologies of products.” WantedDesign may well be the only platform that has built strong relationships with these studios based in Latin America over the years. It is part of the organisation’s mission to bring together the international design community, to trigger dialogues and conversations that will benefit designers in terms of sales, but also in terms of processes and best practice. To see what the two events have to offer you can visit Brooklyn from 16-20 May and Manhattan from 18-21 May, to register, visit: www.wanteddesignnyc.com


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ON SHOW | CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK

Clerkenwell Design Week Preview May 21-23, 2019 London, UK Light Exhibition CDW celebrates 10 years

This year sees Clerkenwell Design Week celebrate its 10th edition, taking up residency in one of London’s key hubs for design and architecture. Set across three days, CDW is the annual focus for London’s leading design district. The festival programme has been tailored to reflect the unique nature of this culturally rich area playing host to hundreds of showrooms, fringe events, talks, workshops and installations. For the lighting sector, a dedicated exhibition takes place at the former cold-store turned nightclub fabric. As part of the show's 10th anniversary, darc magazine has curated three-days of lighting talks and presentations, all of which are free to attend. Further information on the schedule can be found on the next page. www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com

Vault ateljé lyktan

Rote Bert Frank

Bristol Light Deadgood

Vault is made up of light bars and connecting blocks, much like Lego toys, which can be slotted together to form an array of configurations. The light bars can be installed in two different directions to produce light either upwards, downwards or side to side. www.atelje-lyktan.se

Intricate detailing and a refined sense of scale makes the Rote collection a stunning addition to the Bert Frank portfolio. Resolutely contemporary, Rote speaks of sophisticated industrial aesthetics and calculated design. Rote is comprised of slotted, laser cut diamond leaves fitted to an internally and externally illuminated brass ring. www.bertfrank.co.uk

The Bristol Light designed in-house by the Deadgood Studio is a simple modern pendant fitting that utilises a time honoured, free blown glass making technique. This traditional process allows for either a signature cobalt blue or clear crystal colour to be achieved. www.deadgoodltd.co.uk


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2. Kandinsky Pholc

3. Örsjö Collection Relay Represents

One of Ebb & Flow's latest pendant lamps Smykke, designed by Susanne Nielsen, recently won the ‘Excellent Product Design – Lighting 2019’ at the renowned international German Design Award. Smykke is not merely a fixture, it is a creator of experiences. An interior design object with both functionality and beautiful aesthetics. www.ebbandflow.dk

The Kandinsky is a pendant inspired by the abstract circle paintings by Wassily Kandinsky during his years at the Bauhaus school. A sphere and a spear act as the main characters in the lamp composition, piercing each other in mid-air to create an object that evokes a sensation of weightlessness, fragility and precision. www.pholc.se

On show at this year's Light exhibition - the Örsjö collection is a collaboration between Relay Represents and some of Scandinavia’s leading designers including Note, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Jonas Bohlin and Joel Karlsson. The collection embodies skilled craftsmanship with a contemporary edge. www.relaydesignagency.co.uk

4. Dawn to Dusk Haberdashery

5. Cork Collection Nove Lighting

6. Iconic Designs Skinflint

The Dawn to Dusk lamp evokes the memory of the rising and setting sun and the transition from deep reds and orange through to the white light of midday. Dawn to Dusk provides an iconic design statement through its minimal aesthetic and is an exploration of new ways to interact with light. www.haberdashery.com

Nove Lighting will be expanding its signature cork collection by launching its bathroom lighting collection. Each individual light in their new collection has been lovingly crafted at the hands of skilled artisans. Nove’s aim is to bring unique, timeless and hand-crafted lights, with an emphasis on quality craftsmanship. www.novalighttt.com

Iconic Designs showcases the breadth of Skinflint’s reclaimed finds of the past decade. The lights that make up the collection represent the varied and often iconic European locations that skinflint salvages from, such as the decommissioned Rolls-Royce factory in Derby, Eastern Bloc industrial factories and grand civic buildings. www.skinflintdesign.com


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ON SHOW | CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK

darc thoughts@CDW Part of this year’s Light exhibition held at fabric nightclub, darc thoughts@CDW is a threeday talks programme curated by darc magazine Editor Helen Ankers - covering all aspects of lighting across hospitality and residential design.

TUESDAY 21ST MAY 11:00 | Realising a Design Vision with Architectural, Decorative and Bespoke Lighting Darren Orrow / Into Lighting Karen Taylor / Design LSM An inspiring insight into the collaboration between lighting designers Into and interior designers DesignLSM showing how they realise their collective vision for the lighting on flagship restaurant projects. Discussing the design process from initial interiors concept through to the development of a fully integrated architectural lighting scheme, decorative lighting selection and the product design, modelling and manufacture process for bespoke decorative lighting.

WEDNESDAY 22nd MAY 11:00 | Women in Design - Moderated by WiL UK Amabassador Greta Smetoniute of Michael Grubb Studio Light Collective’s Women in Lighting project will meet to discuss the role of women in design. Panelists: Lauren Lever of Foundry, Katia Kolovea of Urban Electric, Anna Kharchenkova of Light Bureau, and Faye Robinson of Enigma Lighting.

13:00 | The Defining Light of Hospitality - Moderated by Paul Nulty How lighting design is crucial in creating inviting environments within the hotel sector. Panelists: Constantina Tsoutsikou of HBA, Roman Zakovsky of Lasvit, Sofia Hagen of DH Liberty, and Tom Hupe of Perkins and Wills

13:00 | Outdoor Lighting - A Designer's Guide Presented by Simeon Chilvers, Manager Director of Cameron Design House and Sally Storey, Creative Director of John Cullen Lighting - learn how to choose decorative lighting for the garden; about clever outdoor lighting techniques; as well as the importance of bespoke outdoor lighting solutions.

15:00 | Lamps for the Neanderthal - Magnus Wastberg Our DNA has not changed much for the last 300,000 years or so but for the last 50 - 100 years our relationship to light has changed profoundly. Did we lose anything on the way?

15:00 | Design with OLED Balint Bolygo and Elod Beregszaszi of Kinetech Design explore the design capabilities of OLED and consider how OLED panels can be used to create designs not possible with other light sources. Kinetech will be joined by Sandi Moolman of frequent collaborators, Applelec, who will talk about how the company supports designers using OLED light panels in a variety of applications.

THURSDAY 23rd MAY 11:00 | Lighting Your Life - Moderated by Harry McKinley

13:00 | Fit for Purpose - Moderated by Harry McKinley

Whether mood enhancing, transitional or developed with people in mind, how residential lighting can do more than just illuminate. Panelists: Anna Burles of Run For The Hills, Monique Tollgard of Staffan Tollgard Design Group, and Sanjit Bahra of Design Plus Light

Both decorative and purposeful, how function and form align in lighting for bar and restaurant spaces. Panelists: James Roberts of James Roberts Design Studio, Tony Matters of Faber Design, and Nick Hoggett of dpa lighting consultants



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On Show A look ahead to forthcoming design shows with a strong lighting element.

WANTED DESIGN

• NEW YORK, USA

16-21 May 2019 (www.wanteddesignnyc.com)

ICFF

• NEW YORK, USA

19-22 May 2019 (www.icff.com)

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK •

LONDON, UK

21-23 May 2019 (www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com)

MAISON & OBJET •

PARIS, FRANCE

6-10 September 2019 (www.maison-objet.com)

INDEX •

DUBAI, UAE

17-19 September 2019 (www.indexexhibition.com)

100% DESIGN •

LONDON, UK

18-21 September 2019 (www.100percentdesign.co.uk)

LONDON DESIGN FAIR •

LONDON, UK

19-22 September 2019 (www.londondesignfair.co.uk)

DARC ROOM @ LDF •

LONDON, UK

19-22 September 2019 (www.darcroom.com)

DECOREX •

LONDON, UK

6-9 October 2019 (www.decorex.com)

BDNY •

NEW YORK, USA

10-11 November 2019 (www.bdny.com)

DOWNTOWN DESIGN •

DUBAI, UAE

12-15 November 2019 (www.downtowndesign.com)

SLEEP + EAT •

LONDON, UK

19-20 November 2019 (www.sleepandeatevent.com)

DARC AWARDS •

LONDON, UK

9 December 2019 (www.darcawards.com)

AD INDEX AIPI....................................................................................... 87

Delta Light......................................................................... 15

Linea Light Group.........................................................65

ANDlight............................................................................ 67

designheure...................................................................... 51

Louis Poulsen.....................................................................5

Archilume..........................................................................69

Duncan Meerding Studio...........................................83

Oxen Luce.......................................................................... 19

Arpel Lighting.................................................................89

ICFF.....................................................................................60

Tangyao Wires................................................................115

Artemide...........................................................................63

Fabbian..............................................................................43

VISO................................................................................ OBC

Astro Lighting................................................................... 11

Faro Barcelona................................................................ 91

Vondom............................................................................. 27

BuzziSpace....................................................................... 57

Hind Rabii..........................................................................95

Wanted Design...............................................................54

Catellani & Smith............................................................ 17

Innermost.......................................................................... 35

WEPLIGHT....................................................................... 75

Cerno Group.................................................................. IFC

Karboxx.............................................................................. 25

Willowlamp...................................................................... 101

Clerkenwell Design Week........................................ 105

Karman............................................................................... 79

David Trubridge.............................................................113

Light-Point........................................................................ 47



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