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Decorative Lighting in Architecture #33 Nov/Dec 2019

Rove Hotel | Cameron Design House | The Fulton 2019 [d]arc awards Preview | Ingo Maurer | Union Bar | RenĂŠe Joosten | North America Design Report

Built of harmony The Secto Design lighting collection is designed by the award-winning architect Seppo Koho. The diligent handwork is carried out by highly talented craftsmen in Finland from top-quality local birch wood.


Helen Ankers • Managing Editor There's only one way for me start this issue's editor's letter and that is to honour the work of lighting legend Ingo Maurer who sadly passed away on 21 October at the age of 87. The luminaires and light objects of Maurer are regarded as pioneering in design and the team at [d]arc media passes its condolences to his family and employees, who bid farewell to a special person that has inspired, challenged and surprised everyone time and time again. He truly was and always will be a lighting icon. Turn to page 6 for our full tribute to his incredible talent. Moving on to the rest of the Nov/Dec issue - our last for 2019... One of the main focuses is the [d]arc awards, which take place on 5 December at MC Motors in London. After a couple of years doing their own thing, we've brough architectural and decorative lighting entries back together to bring you an incredible line-up of projects and products. With the winners decided on by designer votes, it's up to you to consider which entries deserve the ultimate kudos - and remember, every designer that votes gets themselves a free ticket for the awards party itself, where, alongside the awards ceremony - this year hosted by myself and arc's new editor Matt Waring - we will have the usual stunning array of light art installations, street food and bar, as well as couple of other surprises... Highlights from our shortlisted projects and products with a decorative focus can be found from page 80 onwards. Our other main feature this issue is the regular Design Report, which is focused on North America. With comment from leading design studios Rockwell Group, DesignAgency and Yabu Pushelberg, we also profile some of the brightest lighting brands currently working out of the US & Canada - turn to page 51 to read more. On page 99 you can also read my interview with Dutch lighting and interior designer RenÊe Joosten of ICRAVE / LICHT, where she explains why there's always a good argument for a collaborative design process. Project wise, once again we've got some strong contenders - from The Fulton by Yabu Pushelberg on page 12 and a Yeo Valley Cafe on page 20 to the Piur restaurant on page 32 and Union Bar on page 38. Our regular In Focus article features the work of Secto Design this issue, as we take a closer look at the Kuulto lighting fixture designed by Seppo Koho, which you can find on page 116. As usual, the magazine will be at a number of design shows over the next few weeks - pick up a free copy if you're visiting: BDNY, Downtown Design, Sleep + Eat, Lightovation or IDS Toronto.

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Contents Regulars The Magazine 010 Focal Point | Tate London | Louis Poulsen Managing Editor | Helen Ankers

108 On Show | Maison & Objet Product Review


111 On Show | Sleep + Eat Product Preview

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113 On Show | Interior Design Show Product Preview

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114 Calendarc | International Design Events for 2019/20

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116 In Focus | Secto Design Media Sales Executive | Adam Syme a.syme@mondiale.co.uk


+44 161 476 9118 Contributing Editors


012 The Fulton Yabu Pushelberg delivers The Fulton - a seafood driven restaurant steeped in the history of maritime commerce with a Jacques Coustaudian dash of adventure.

Sarah Cullen Matt Waring Maria Oberti

020 Yeo Valley Cafe Phoenix Wharf and Yeo Valley have joined forces to bring a little piece of Somerset to West London, with its first outlet comprising of a two-story café, shop and workspace.

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024 VyTA Covent Garden VyTA Covent Garden combines the warmth of Italian hospitality and contemporary taste.


032 Piur Restaurant Bespoke lighting elements designed by Masquespacio complement a rich, warm interior design for the new Piur restaurant in Valencia, Spain.

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Artwork | Zoe Willcox z.willcox@mondiale.co.uk Editorial | Mel Capper

038 Union Bar The Opposite House hotel in Beijing has recently completed its first phase of refurbishment with the new Union bar, designed by AvroKO. 044 Rove Hotel H2R Design completes interior design scheme for the Rove Hotel at Dubai Parks and Resorts, injecting the Rover experience to those staying.


Finance Finance Director | Amanda Giles a.giles@mondiale.co.uk Credit Control | Lynette Levi



006 Remembering Ingo Maurer We look back over the work of a lighting legend.


051 Market Report | North America We hear from leading design studios Rockwell Group, DesignAgency and Yabu Pushelberg on the trends in the US & Canada, while profiling the latest product launches from some of the brightests lighting brands headquartered in North America.

Chairman | Damian Walsh Managing Director | Paul James p.james@mondiale.co.uk

080 [d]arc awards 2019 preview Highlights of some of this year's entries into the [d]arc awards, featuring both projects and product entries by some of the leading design studios around the world. 099 Interview | Renée Joosten Helen Ankers recently caught up with Dutch designer Renée Joosten - discovering that there's always a good argument for a collaborative design process.

Marketing & Events | Moses Naeem m.naeem@mondiale.co.uk

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006 | REMEMBERING INGO M AURER | 1932 - 2019



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n October 21, 2019, lighting icon Ingo Maurer passed away, aged 87, in Munich, Germany, surrounded by his family.

The luminaires and light objects of Maurer, who was born in 1932, are regarded as pioneering in design. Among his most famous designs are his first work ‘Bulb’ (1966), the low voltage halogen system ‘YaYaHo’ (1984, Ingo Maurer and Team), the winged light bulb ‘Lucellino’ (1992), the pendant lamp ‘Zettel’z’ (1997), ‘One From The Heart’ (1989) and ‘Porca Miseria!’ (1994). His designs can be found in the collections of the world’s most important museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at the time of printing, an exhibition was being prepared at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, which will provide new insights into his work. Maurer has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Design Prize of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Compasso d’Oro for his life’s work. Always a pioneer in the development and use of the latest lighting innovations: as a great admirer of the light bulb, which he described as the “ideal symbiosis of poetry and technology”, he used low-voltage halogen systems in the 1980s. He went on to produce the first LED desk lamp in 2001, switching to OLED technology in 2006. Up to the present day, the potential offered by LED technology has always been demanded by Maurer, used in a versatile and creative way to achieve

"Ingo Maurer arrived for dinner at the George Kovacs apartment on 93rd St with a big presence and a booming resonance. It was 1964 and it was my first encounter with Ingo’s huge personality and uniquely overwhelming vision. Ingo delighted in objects out of context with an extraordinary ability to find humour in his art. Ingo presented George with a white plate that had a funny standing bird clutching its edge. It made no sense but it was perfect. Approaching art with wit, Ingo saw ordinary objects and life’s activity with asymmetrical connections that were expressive of his originality and passionate vision. Over the years we would see each other at trade shows or serendipitously in restaurants all over the world. It was difficult to nail down a date for dinner although we would try, it was like a connecting with a fire fly in the night. Ingo was a big personality, an original and extraordinary artist with a zeal for creating the unusual and the unexpected from the familiar. A power who will be missed in life but survive through his art." - Robert Sonneman

the best possible lighting effect. His open mind led him abroad at an early age. Born on the island of Reichenau on Lake Constance, he went to the US in 1960 after completing an apprenticeship as a typesetter and studying commercial graphics. Until 1963 he worked there as a freelance graphic artist. Following his return to Munich, he travelled extensively in Japan, Brazil and other countries, as well as numerous trips to the US, where he eventually settled for a time - living in New York for over 40 years. Since the 60s, Maurer had a very special relationship with the pulsating metropolis: “At home? Home is a place where I feel comfortable and inspired. That can be in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Sao Paulo or Munich,” he gladly emphasised. “I am at home when I am with good friends. I need provocation. That gives me the strength to be creative.” Together with his long-standing colleagues, he developed iconic lamps at the interface between utility and art objects in the 'Designerei' in Munich-Schwabing. The special mixture of poetry and technology, pointed with an ironic twinkle in the eye, is a characteristic that epitomises Maurer’s design. Development processes are playful, unconventional, always in search of an extraordinary solution. The smallest details are thought through and discussed on the model. The result is to find a special solution that captivates with its lightness and touches the human being like a spontaneous sketch. It is not uncommon for users to be involved right

Porca Miseria! (1994)

One from the Heart (1989)

Zettel'z (1997)

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from the design stage and, as in 'Zettel’z' (1997), invited to help design the luminaire. “First, the idea of an object arises in my head - like a dream. Only in the next step I search together with my team for ways to realise this. Sometimes it takes decades until the technical developments make our imagination possible,” he described the creative process. In order to realise this vision uncompromisingly, Maurer decided as early as 1966 to manufacture his own products so that small series could also be produced. Even today, all luminaires are manufactured in Munich, Germany. Maurer set international standards with design commissions in both the private and public sectors. The lighting of the underground stations Westfriedhof (1998) and Münchner Freiheit (2009) in Munich, as well as the pendulum 'Flying to Peace' for Messe Frankfurt (2018), are just a few highlights of a long list of commissioned works. In 2018 he completed one of his most multifaceted projects - an overall concept for the Tsinandali Winery in Georgia, USA. More recently, the Residenztheater in Munich has been shining in a new light, with the iconic work of 'Silver Cloud'. The team at [d]arc media, passes its condolences to the family and employees of Ingo Maurer, who bid farewell to a special person that has inspired, challenged and surprised everyone time and again. Ingo Maurer wrote over 50 years of light history and will always remain a lighting icon. www.ingo-maurer.com

"We have lost one of the most iconic designers in the lighting world. With our highest esteem." - Enzo Catellani and Catellani & Smith



Focal Point In Real Life Exhibition Tate London As part of the Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life exhibition at the Tate London, the gallery’s Terrace bar has been transformed by artworks and lamps designed by the artist, including his collaboration with Danish brand Louis Poulsen. Launched during Milan Design Week, OE Quasi Light is a large-scale pendant inspired by the relation between mathematical forms and uses geometry to shape light. Composed of two contrasting geometric shapes, nested inside each other, the outer layer is a rigid aluminium frame in the shape of an icosahedron. The inner layer is in the shape of a dodecahedron and seemingly floats inside the outer layer, reflecting the light in a spherical distribution. Bright LEDs are embedded at the vertices of the icosahedron, directing the light toward the lamp’s core - a white, inset pentagonal laminae made of polycarbonate. The light’s complex geometric shape is perceived differently depending on where the observer stands, creating endless interpretations and perspectives. www.louispoulsen.com / www.olafureliasson.net Images: Courtesy of Tate London



Sea at the Table Yabu Pushelberg delivers The Fulton - a seafood driven restaurant steeped in the history of maritime commerce with a Jacques Coustaudian dash of adventure. Images: Adrian Gaut



Pier 17, the site of the original Fulton fish market in New York, has stood at the East River waterfront for more than 300 years. Its big brother now resides above Fulton Street in the financial district, second in size only to Tokyo Tsukiji fish market, and turns over a billion US dollars a year in annual profit. In its place, Yabu Pushelberg has teamed up with Michelin-starred chef Jean-George Vongerichten to dream up an homage to the heyday of the fish market. The result is The Fulton, a seafood driven restaurant steeped in the history of maritime commerce and a Jacques Coustaudian dash of adventure. The Fulton comprises of two-levels, featuring a public and private dining room, bar, outdoor terrace, cocktail and oyster bar. It was a friendly project, Glenn Pushelberg tells darc, a partnership between friends and professionals with phoenix-like origins. “It all really started from our relationship with our New York neighbour, Jean-George Vongerichten,” explains Pushelberg. He had called them up to help design a space in a ‘really handsome’ Richard Meier building, but the project never moved past the planning stages. ‘Although the project didn’t move forward, we were still so intrigued by the building that we ended buying a unit in the tower above and

making it our home in New York!” “It’s a bit funny how it all came about,” adds George Yabu, “If it wasn't for that failed restaurant project, we wouldn’t be neighbours with Jean-Georges now and designing his new seafood restaurant at the Seaport. Everything happens for a reason.” The designers knew from the offset it would be a special project Vongerichten’s first venture into a seafood-focussed restaurant, it also holds a special place in the making of his own personal history. As a young chef, he used to scour the market stalls to select the freshest catch of the day. “His memories, the ingredients and the 300-year-old history of Pier 17 formulated how we wanted to design the restaurant,” says Pushelburg. “We took into consideration how Pier 17 was used over the generations - as a space to bring fresh food and people together,” further adds Yabu. “Generations later, The Fulton was designed to transport guests back to this time and to this feeling.” The result is a modern warehouse exterior, inspired by the fish market, that shifts into an underwater theme within. The walls are covered with dream-like murals by the architect and artist collective En Viu, who have conjured up oceanic scenes that go against the usual

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cliches of fish-nets and sea monsters. “We needed to elevate this idea and create a design language that is worthy of Jean-Georges, the location and the sea-to-table ingredient ethos,” explains Pushelburg. In order to do this, the design team placed particular emphasis on decorative lighting. The aim was to make everything feel warm, welcoming and intimate, and decorative lighting was the fundamental element required to establish this. Envisioning a sea of ceramic buoys, Yabu Pushelberg suspended pendant lighting from the ceiling by sailing ropes at varying heights. The idea was to create a visual rhythm that resembled the ebb and flow of buoys in the harbour. One expansive art piece, it branches out across both levels to create a warm, intimate glow. Placed at the centre of the room, guests can look up and admire the detail, or simply get lost in the glow illuminating the face of the person sitting opposite them. Other small features include illuminated columns that double up as coat hooks, whilst simultaneously accentuating the glow of the hanging pendants. Considerable time was spent deliberating on how to give decorative lighting a moment in the spotlight, to make sure it looked like an art piece rather than just another fixture.

“The ceramic pendants were designed in our studio in conjunction with the ceramicist Alissa Coe,” says Yabu. “We also worked with Allied Maker on other custom lighting pieces in the restaurant; the project would not be the same if it wasn’t for the emphasis we placed on the lighting.” The goal, according to Yabu, was to create a moody, intoxicating romantic glow that touches every single space of The Fulton. A cohesion so well suited for the menu and interiors, that it shapes the complete experience. “You can’t taste light,” he says, “but that’s what we were aiming to do.” The purpose of each space was considered carefully, and the designers used dimmers and backlighting to accomplish this sense of cohesion between the different areas. There was also a keen focus on the reciprocal relationship between decorative lighting and architectural lighting. Pushelberg explains: ‘“Although it may look like the decorative lighting is doing the heavy lifting, it’s typically an allusion and the architectural lighting is doing the work. The marriage of decorative and architectural is crucial to accomplishing a cohesive overall effect.” Furthermore, this marriage is encouraged between the studio's lighting and design teams, which ultimately allowed for smooth sailing


throughout the design and building process. Yabu describes their work ethic: “Our lighting team works hands-on with the studio’s interior, architecture, and landscape designers to make sure that we are conscious of each touchpoint of a guest’s experience and vice versa.” This cooperation allowed for each team to challenge the other, encouraging self-awareness and open-mindedness that puts the guest’s experience as central. “Overall, everything came together beautifully,.” summarises Yabu. “With the lighting team doing a fantastic job of honing in on their vision and seeing it through. The plan, was that there would be no bad seat in the house. Whether a guest can recognise that or not, they can most certainly feel it. That’s the beauty of good lighting.” Yabu's personal favourite seat overlooks the Brooklyn Bridge, seared into the public consciousness through the iconic scene in Woody Allen’s Manhattan. From there, sunlight is brought in from every angle, amplifying the warm hues of the murals, and the Fulton transports its guests to a maritime fantasy of another time and another feeling. www.yabupushelberg.com

Design Details The Fulton, New York City, USA Interior & Lighting Design: Yabu Pushelberg Lighting Specified: Allied Maker bespoke lighting pieces; Yabu Pushelberg in-house bespoke ceramic pendants with Alissa Coe

Decorative ceramic pendant lighting features prominently in the Fulton, developed by ceramicist Allissa Coe to take centre stage, while dimmers have been used in the restaurant to distinguish between spaces. Maritime murals cover the walls to emphasise the seafood theme and allude to the fish market origins.

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Pastures New Phoenix Wharf and Yeo Valley have joined forces to bring a little piece of Somerset to West London, with its first outlet comprising of a two-story café, shop and workspace. Images: Franklin & Franklin

As a brand, Yeo Valley is keen to stress the quality of its products and ethical approach to its farms, where its Friesian herd are digitally monitored and provided with organic feed and their own mattresses to sleep on. The business has developed over two generations, starting with the acquisition of Blagdon farm in 1961 to becoming Britain’s leading organic dairy brand, gaining a new farm, beef cattle and sheep along the way. The desire was to bring some of this rustic ethos of Somerset to London, and to create an engaging, inviting showcase for Yeo Valley in order to establish an increased presence in the capital. Working together with Phoenix Whard, it was important that the concept maintained and expressed the brand’s nature-inspired ethos

and friendly, fun and unpretentious feel. In order to honour the origins of Yeo Valley and establish a sense of synchronicity between places, scattered throughout are visual links to the Blagdon HQ, another Phoenix Wharf project. These include a mural by Natasha Clutterbuck, a long-time Yeo Valley collaborator. “One of the main challenges was the shape and footprint of the site,” explains Emma Gullick, Associate Creative Director at Phoenix Wharf. “The long, narrow shape of the building means lighting was frequently used to create an illusion of depth and size. The rear of the store, for example, appears to have vintage style Crittal windows with illuminated panels, to give the impression of space beyond. A slatted and angled roof feature pays homage to the brand’s


agricultural roots, and places emphasis on a bright, stained glass window embedded into the ceiling. Being long and narrow, we wanted to capture the feeling of the open space present in Blagdon HQ and make sure the design didn’t feel too enclosed.” The other challenge was to make sure the project did not fall into the clichéd territory of an ‘organic artisanal look’. Gullick and the team tackled this through treating each individual space as a mini project, using pattern and colour in abundance to create a visual flow between them. This feeds into a binary balance that is expressed throughout the project, where warm and cold LED lighting are used to separate cosy and clinical spaces. One half of the cafe is intended to represent the cool light of a dairy farm, using marble and white LED strip lighting alongside retail chillers and yoghurt pots. Gullick adds: “This feels clean and also adds a directorial cue, leading visitors along the counter.” Meanwhile, the booth space on the opposite side is all warm lighting, with coloured glass shades and pendant fittings that create a ‘more is more’ decorative feature, as well as a distinction in space and tone. Furthermore, this lighting clutch of pendant lamps embodies the brand’s sustainability drive. “It was inspired by a pendant originally created for the Blagdon HQ, and contains eighteen different upcycled light fittings sourced via eBay and vintage fairs,” says Gullick. They

inspire a retro and colourful atmosphere in the space, whilst the re-use of old fittings fits into the company values and progressive attitudes towards the environment. Upstairs, the meeting rooms and office space have very low ceilings and exposed pipework running in a maze across most of the surface. “The desire to create an open, bright and comfortable working space meant careful design considerations to ensure nothing made the space feel smaller,” continues Gullick. “By adding three new windows and using full height glazed walls for the meeting rooms we were able to achieve a feeling of bright openness.” Further vintage light fittings are used upstairs - combined with Anglepoise task lamps and a 1960's Arc floor lamp. “We specifically used wall-level and floor lights to accommodate for the low-level ceiling,” says Gullick. “Much like the booth lighting feature, these vintage fittings are reminiscent of the domestic feel within Blagdon HQ, creating further overlap and connection between the two outposts.” In terms of the balance between decorative and architectural lighting, the latter remains very much functional and subtle. Spotlights and high-level tracklights are designed for additional illumination but do not detract from any decorative lighting feature. Meanwhile, bespoke neon lettering and an illuminated diner sign downstairs were designed by Phoenix Wharf and manufactured by Bristol-based Artworks-


Solutions. The intention is to attract attention from the outside, delivering playful messages and potential current offers, whilst also doubling as a bright feature at mid-level from the interior. In addition, the stained glass effect ceiling panel makes for the other key decorative lighting feature. This is a five-by-twometre mounted ceiling lightbox with a fabric printed graphic that alludes to Blagdon, also bespoke designed by Phoenix Wharf. This hand-drawn design has also been worked into the ground floor toilet, which has been designed to look like its own underground station, complete with arched corners, authentic tiling throughout and two illuminated, bespoke ‘Blagdon Station’ tube signs. This is considered the standout feature of the space and acts as a playful link between Yeo Valley’s London and Somerset sites. Ultimately, the project was not about creating something entirely new but an evolution of a well-known space, the marriage of a familiar household name in a new and urban location. Gullick summarises aptly: “Upon entry, the customer is met with a feast of colour, pattern and character.” Phoenix Wharf has created a warm and playful brand experience, one that underlines Yeo Valley’s countryside origins and that emphasises its dedication to the fun, the friendly and the unpretentious. www.phoenix-wharf.co.uk

Design Details The Yeo Valley Café, London, UK Interior Design & Lighting: Phoenix Wharf Lighting Specified: Anglepoise task lamps; ArtworksSolutions bespoke ceiling light box; various upcycled light fittings

Decorative lighting was key to establishing the quirky and unpretentious tone desired by Yeo Valley for this project. Various lighting features were upcycled from eBay, which allowed for a thematic crossover with Yeo Valley’s Blagdon HQ. Warm and cold lighting allowed for separation of tone and purpose in a small space. The major decorative lighting feature is a bespoke ceiling light box.

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The Italian Job VyTA Covent Garden combines the warmth of Italian hospitality and contemporary taste. darc speaks to Architect Daniela Colli and lighting designer Chris Fox on how they captured the spirit of Italy in the 1960s. Images: Matteo Piazza


The blueprint for VyTA restaurant aspires to promote a new style of fine food, one that fuses Italian gourmet cuisine and contemporary design, whilst also drawing on the Italian design culture of the 60s. Part of a broader redevelopment and regeneration program in Covent Garden that intends to shift the area from a tourist destination into a lively and upbeat corner of the city, harking back to its hedonistic reputation in the 60s, the project also has the parallel ambition of acting as a brand ambassador of the “Made in Italy” program, with the aim of promoting Italian design around the world. Achieving these lofty ambitions was by no means a quick, nor easy task, and required three years of diligent work and design. “I personally followed every step of the whole process,” Daniela Colli, founder of the architectural firm ColliDanielaArchitteto, tells darc. “From the location selection, to the relationship with the landlord, to the request for building permits and the final realisation.”

This gives some impressions of the humble origins of the project, and the obstacles to overcome. The fact it was located within the East Tower of the Covent Tower, a renowned Grade II listed building, meant there were also a number of legislative and bureaucratic measures to take into consideration. Colli describes some of the greatest achievements as the conversion of the lower floor, which had been used as a storage room for the shops at the upper level, into “an intimate and welcoming environment - converting the fragmented ambience into a fluid space thanks to the dynamic design of the floor, composed of over 7000 marble rhombi and half diamonds.” The rhombus remains central to establishing the 60s Italian tone within the building, with geometric stylisations inspired by the artwork of futurist painter Giacama Balla. The lighting of the restaurant was designed to be adaptable to occasion and need, and is managed by an automated system. Colli











explains the painstaking manner in which she selected the system: “Light is a fundamental part of my creative process: I select the light sources, the lenses and the colour temperature and personally follow the technicians dealing with the domotics in the final setting.” Typically, Colli uses small recessed LED spotlights, in this case the Laser collection by iGuzzini, which allows her to create difference luminous setting depending on daylight or the atmosphere desired by customers. This also helps to balance the direct light from the two terraces and large windows on the upper floors. Decorative lighting, meanwhile, is used to create an evening atmosphere, where afterdinner moods should be soft and with a lower colour temperature compared to daylight. Furthermore, the decorative lighting chosen for the VyTA London project are all bespoke-made and/or adapted by Colli herself. Each were chosen to reflect their environment, with a common thread

between their different forms; different designs emitting the same light. A prime example of this is the adapted Leaf design by UK-based lighting studio Luum, which was the basis for a lighting feature above a stairwell. A suspended ceiling fixture, comprised of ornamental aluminium discs in a satin anodised finish that complements the gold used in the surrounding interior, Chris Fox, Design Director at Luum, describes the flexibility of the initial design: “Leaf is like a Meccano set, it uses pre-designed components to create different sizes so that we can offer our clients unique pieces with a fast turnaround.” To meet the requirements of this particular installation, the design was reconfigured into three separate pieces to better fit within the space above the stairs. Fox continues: “The design uses small LEDs placed at varying heights around the leaf shapes. These cast shadows on the surrounding walls, which are reminiscent of the dappled light of a forest floor.”

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The bespoke fixture is adjusted to meet the general requirements of hospitality projects, as well as Colli's own proviso for domotics, being warm, white and dimmable and set at 2700K. Reflecting on Colli's involvement, Fox added: “Daniela created a unique piece with an existing product, breaking Leaf into individual elements to allow for more flexibility… it's something we will use again in the future.” For the first floor, Colli customised a number of lamps by MMlamapadari, with galvanised polished brass and glass globes of various sizes with a gold metallic finish. These were also installed as wall lamps opposite the Leaf bespoke light feature, mirroring the established gold motif. These metallic globes were born from the desire for thematic cohesion, providing a surface which is mirrored when the light is off and transparent when the warm light is on. Colli summarises her aim and outlook: “VyTA Covent Garden is a magical universe of colours and shapes, perfectly mixed to surprise and entertain anyone who wants to be seduced by the emotions and pleasures of life.” In order to achieve this romanticisation of London in the swinging Sixties, and the stylisation of geometric Italian design, Colli concludes with an apt summary of her hands-on approach: “Only in this way can I have perfect light for every hour of the day; nothing can be left to chance.” www.collidaniela.com


ColliDanielaArchitteto adapted a number of bespoke lighting fixtures, including a collaboration with Luum, in order to establish the desired ambience and tone for the VyTA Covent Garden project. This included a prevalence of rhombi in the design throughout, a nod towards Giacamo Balla, and gold furnishings to create thematic cohesion and contribute towards an overall 60s tone. Daniela Colli remained hands-on with the project from start to finish, in order to establish a fixed domotic system that matched her lighting vision.

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Piur Perfection Bespoke lighting elements designed by Masquespacio complement a rich, warm interior design for the new Piur restaurant in Valencia, Spain. Images: Luis Beltran



Spanish creative consultancy Masquespacio has paid tribute to the heritage of Valencia with the opening of Piur, a new pizza restaurant that reflects the city’s famous Art Nouveau architecture. Taking inspiration from the chain’s Valencian roots, Masquespacio wanted to create a space that echoed its brand values of honesty and freshness, while providing a welcoming atmosphere that could work for any type of customer experience; both for individuals, as well as families or bigger groups of friends. “The client was looking for an interior design studio that could create a space with an aesthetic that was different to the well-known in their category,” said Christophe Penasse, Marketing Director at Masquespacio. Alongside the request for a stand-out location for visitors, the clients were keen for the restaurant to be connected to its location through its design. “For the owners, it was important to connect the design with the local area, just as their pizzas are made with local ingredients,” continued Penasse.

“The biggest challenge was to find a connection point with something local, thinking about a concept that could evolve into something new for every space. We thought in this case that we would make a tribute to Valencia’s Central Market, which is one of the city’s most relevant Art Nouveau buildings.” Emblematic ornaments from Central Market’s façade are therefore represented through a wide variety of bespoke decorative lights that create personalised corners, giving visitors the opportunity for new experiences every time they visit the restaurant, whether a romantic dinner for two or a relaxed lunch with the whole family. “Each of the lighting fixtures represent a different element of the market. This way the play of lights tries to create a visual spectacle for Piur’s customers,” Penasse continued. Alongside abstract, neon-effect sculptural lighting elements, each table is illuminated with a softly glowing orb pendant, while illuminated latticework structures and glowing archways provide intriguing focal points around the 500sqm restaurant. Masquespacio designed all of the different decorative lighting elements throughout the restaurant,


and these were then produced by Ilumisa. The interior designers also requested three separate programs for the lighting system so that it can be changed depending on the time of day. “When the night is coming closer, the lights are dimmed slightly to convert the restaurant into a bar atmosphere to enjoy cocktails and other drinks,” said Penasse. The decorative lighting elements, which provide the main source of illumination in all front-of-house areas, are complemented by an interior design dominated by warm, earthy materials. Terracotta tiles and dark wood give the restaurant a cosy, intimate feel, while the gentle illumination from the bulk of the lighting fixtures adds to the overall ambience of the space, that Masquespacio hoped would provide visitors a “different stage” each time they visit, letting them “live in a unique moment that disconnects them from their daily routine, with a bit of comfort that reminds them of their own home”. www.masquespacio.com

Design Details Piur Restaurant, Valencia, Spain Interior Design & Lighting: Masquespacio Lighting Specified: In-house bespoke pieces, manufactured by Ilumisa

Bespoke lighting elements designed by Masquespacio dominate the interior of the Piur restaurant. Inspired by Valencia's Central Market, one of the city's most relevant Art Nouveau buildings, the larger pieces create focal points around the restaurant, while the smaller orbs provide soft illumination to each table, creating a warm, intimate setting for guests.


Contemporary Comfort The Opposite House hotel in Beijing has recently completed its first phase of refurbishment with the new Union bar, designed by AvroKO. Images: Courtesy of AvroKO


The Union bar is the first completed edition of the Opposite House hotel's refurbishment. An elegant bar that exudes comfort and the free spirit of an artisan’s studio, it has been created by New York-based design firm AvroKO, with the interior design takeing inspiration from 1920s modernist sensibilities. Located in the Taikoo Li Sanlitun - a vibrant open-plan shopping, entertainment and dining destination - The Opposite House is part of the Swire Hotels Group and is one of four houses in The House Collective - a group of hotels each with a unique identity inspired by its location, which began with The Opposite House, designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma in 2008. AvroKO’s Bangkok-based studio was responsible for the interiors that pull inspiration from Lucie Rie’s 20th Century modernist pottery studio: 'a beautiful, yet versatile, space that was suited to living, working and socialising.' “We have a long working relationship with Swire, having created all of the restaurant and bar venues at its Temple House Hotel in Chengdu,” explains William Harris, Founding Partner at AvroKO. “Based on the success of that, they approached us to help re-invent the ground floor food and beverage for The Opposite House. Union is the first phase, with a hip, pop-culture, casual Chinese concept called Superfly, which is coming next. “The brief was to create a magnetic and chic all-day lounge experience that was equally as desirable during the day as it was late into the evening. One goal in particular was for the space to feel like a swanky living room in Sanlitun, where locals, as much as guests, would feel welcome and catered to.” Taking a total of fifteen months to complete, the design executed a balance of ceremony and warmth to create a personal and authentic experience. Offering a variety of food and drink flavours that celebrate traditions of the Silk Road, the bar creates a sense of belonging and discovery. “For us, decorative lighting is a critical part of all our designs globally," elaborates Harris. "We sculpt with light. The fixtures themselves become pieces of art, drawing the guest’s eye and body through various spaces in meaningful ways. “Lighting is also incredibly important when venues need to function during different parts of the day and look equally amazing regardless of the time. Strong lighting becomes a signature and helps to define a brand. It


also needs to make people look good, and when they look good they feel good, and when they feel good, their experience, as well as the business’ bottom line, does all the better. Lighting really is one of the most influential aspects of interior design.” The team at AvroKO worked in collaboration with lighting designers, Firefly Point Of View (FPOV), to create the all-important lighting scheme for the Union, as they believe lighting designers “focus on and complement our design schemes, bringing an added layer of detail, technical prowess and local support on our global projects.” Studio Director of FPOV, Owen Xuan, explains to darc how his team came on board: “The client had engaged with us, in a report that highlighted lighting as a very important design element that needed to be upgraded to transform the space for the current trend of end customers.” All of the decorative lighting fixtures provided for Union were bespoke creations by AvroKO and manufactured by Hong Kong-based Ricardo Lighting. “In service to the concept, all lighting pieces give a nod to midcentury design and international style,” continues Harris. “Signature chandeliers and dramatic pendants over the bar utilise a gradient teal cast glass. The colour is unique and memorable, while still being warm and inviting. The chandeliers anchor both ends of the fairly symmetrical space, while the soaring, planar installation of pendants really helps to define and highlight the prominent bar experience.” Custom-made salmon-hued blown glass table lamps create an

element of intimacy on the bar floor, as well as helping with the illumination of the monolithic travertine bar. Several other custommade table lamps are peppered throughout, evoking a comfortable residential feel. The architectural lighting worked to gently highlight the textured surfaces and columns, bringing some drama and contrast to the space. “The façade/backbar wall also becomes its own light feature, with integrated LED lighting sandwiched between perforated brass screens to define the geometric structure. The resulting glow is both ethereal and tailored, becoming more dominant as the sun slowly sets,” says Harris. “The decorative and architectural lighting work together seamlessly. For such a voluminous space, it was important to have large scale memorable decorative pieces. The lighting as a whole brings a sense of order and strength. It is sculptural and idiosyncratic, channelling the spirit of the concept and the rest of the design. The lighting acts as anchors of experience and draws guests through the space helping identify key moments of focus. "It creates very simple and effective detailing, but it was incredibly hard to try to co-ordinate the fixture locations clearly on the wall. We finally made a mock-up to define the lighting effect." Xuan elaborated: "At the very beginning of the project, when we were reviewing the designer’s concept sketches, we immediately knew where the architectural lighting could help to create identity. We


took the opportunity to integrate light to the perforated panel, sandwiched in between to form the feature wall that is in the hotel reception." The grand space with large windows demanded a design that filled the room and created a strong presence to help shape the surroundings and create rhythm. “The lighting takes on one of the very important roles to transform the space from day to night – from a lobby lounge to a lobby bar, seamlessly working with the lighting control system on the pre-set lighting scenes,” expands Xuan. “Accenting the features of the spaces as well as balancing the ambience lighting level is key to the interior design as a whole. Creating the right atmosphere throughout different times of the day is challenging but is the hidden soul to any successful F+B space. “We focused all of the adjustable fixtures and commissioned the control system with the AvroKO team and the hotel’s General Manager for a few nights in order to get the right atmospheres that are both appreciated inside and out. The design is timeless; it has not overtaken the interior design, but blends nicely, and the success of the project truly comes down to team spirit!” www.avroko.com www.f-pov.com

Design Details Union bar, Beijing, China Interior Design: AvroKO Lighting Consultants: Firefly Point Of View (FPOV) Lighting Specified: In-house bespoke pieces, manufactured by Ricardo Lighting

Bespoke lighting elements, designed by AvroKO, feature as one of the main design elements in the interior design scheme for Union. Inspired by the contemporary aspects of the 1920s, the bar space evokes a feeling of elegance paired with function and comfort.

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Off The Beaten Track H2R Design has injected the Rover experience into the interior design at the new Rove Hotel, Dubai Parks and Resorts. Images: Nikola Stokanovic

The three-star Rove Hotel, situated within Dubai Parks and Resorts theme parks, features an interior design from H2R Design that is a physical representation of the hotel brand’s slogan ‘explore without borders’. The free-flowing space injects playful features, bold colours and lighting accents to provide the guestts with the ultimate experience. “Our client approached us with an initial brief to create a space for thrill-seeking ‘rovers’ to stay and enjoy, while being in the heart of the action of Dubai Parks and Resorts,” explained Hasan Roomi, CoFounder of H2R Design. “We took the existing Rove brand attitude and developed it into our interpretation of the Rove experience. The hotel is adjacent to the

theme parks and is conceptually tied to this area. The overall aim was to develop the urban attitude of current Rove properties, but ensure it is relevant to the location and demographic. “With the contemporary generation of travellers in mind, we developed ways to keep them connected and engaged. Our aim was to harmoniously bring together four contrasting elements including the bold amusement park themes, UAE’s culturally inspired surroundings, the need for connectivity and the essentials of hotel-stay tranquillity. “We achieved this by creating a natural flow from room to room and throughout the public spaces of the property with playful touches that would re-define the Rove experience. Ultimately, creating a physical representation of the brand tag - explore without borders.”


Balancing the influence of theme parks was carefully evened with sophisticated design elements and smart lighting, avoiding rooms that were too thematic. Nevertheless, the Rove personality is evident throughout: 'artsy, cool and fun, interlacing a world of wonder and thrills.' Husain Roomi, joint Co-Founder of H2R Design, tells darc about the pleasure of working on this project: “This was actually a dream project, with very few challenges faced in the delivery. Consultants, contractors and the client worked together harmoniously to create a shared vision. Making it a joy to design and bring to life. “Since the early stages, our collaborations with the client enabled us to lock in the concept. Therefore, it did not change much over time – we

followed through with the concept until the end.” Decorative lighting played a key role in the design aesthetic and functionality and had to be adapted to all generations of guests, while working work side by side with architectural fixtures. H2R Design worked closely with LET lighting consultants on the project to produce a coherent scheme throughout the hotel. All the fixtures are dimmable to adapt to the changing natural light outside. “We always work with lighting consultants – given that it’s such an important aspect of interior design,” explains Husan. “Having a specialist onboard helps us deliver our desired aesthetic appeal, mood, ambiance and vision to the best of our abilities. We created a balance between the two. Using natural lighting as much as possible (using


full height façade glazing for sustainability) and optimised the use of architectural lighting – introducing it only in places where we needed to accentuate and soften the space.” The lighting elements used throughout the hotel varied, as Husain explains: “Marhaba (hello in Arabic) is the first thing you see when entering the hotel, using surface-mounted fixtures on the ceiling. We wanted the lighting to convey a message, bringing in a quirky touch and an introductory voice to the brand. “There were also small lights between the wooden frame fins in the lobby. These were used to accentuate the lenticular artwork that was commissioned by local artist Tarsila Schubert. The suitcase locker room also had a quirky light feature, representative of a maze – linking back to the Rove brand slogan of exploring without borders. “In the general seating area we included giant floor lamps, which accentuated the large seating groups as well as bringing a colour accent into the space. Suspended west elm lights in the lobby and seating areas give the space a sophisticated touch with their brass finish. “Considering sustainability throughout the project, we used rattan lighting in the all-day dining area. This also helped with separating the

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different zoning areas of seating, highlighting the high seat tables.” In the guestrooms, bedside lamps add a further pop of colour and playful element to the overall aesthetic scheme. “Our final impression was a positive one as it was delivered effectively and in line with our initial plans,” reflects Husan. “The project is unique in its location – being in the midst of a theme park. But, what made it such a standout experience was working on a shared creative and consistent vision with the client, contractor and consultants. As playful as the design is, it maintains a sophistication, which can be seen throughout the property. Accents and details are bright and cheery, yet flow into more relaxing spaces to ensure a comfortable experience. This ensures the openness of space while maintaining a strong workflow and connectivity throughout to elevate the guest experience within a theme park driven context.” h2rdesign.com

Design Details Rove Hotel, Dubai, UAE Interior Design: H2R Design Lighting Consultants: LET Lighting

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North America Design Report Lighting design in the US & Canada is thriving, with key events in the interiors sector - such as ICFF, BDNY and WantedDesign - attracting more and more lighting exhibitors yearon-year. In our latest design report, we hear from leading design studios Rockwell Group, DesignAgency and Yabu Pushelberg on industry trends, while profiling the latest product launches from some of the brightest lighting brands headquartered in North America.






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Rockwell Group Based in downtown New York with a satellite office in Madrid, Rockwell Group specialises in a wide array of work from luxury hospitality, cultural, and healthcare projects, to educational, product, and set design. Crafting a unique and individual narrative concept for each project is fundamental to Rockwell Group’s successful design approach. From the big picture to the smallest detail, the story informs and drives the design.


Shawn Sullivan is Partner and Studio Leader at Rockwell Group. He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and joined Rockwell Group in 1997. In 2013 he became the firm’s first partner. Responsible for many of Rockwell Group’s most enduring projects, Sullivan has vast experience in hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, and residences and has become a globally recognised leader in the hospitality industry. Commenting on the US sector, he tells darc: “In recent years, people have been craving more unique and personalised experiences and this extends to what people want when they go out to eat or stay at a hotel. As a result, I think we’re designing experiences that are simultaneously more sophisticated and more casual. For instance, Catch Steak - a new restaurant Rockwell Group designed in New York City – reinvents the classic steakhouse experience. It blends traditional notions of fine dining with an indoor / outdoor experience, which feels inviting and handcrafted. As a design studio – as global design becomes more monolithic - we find it interesting to anchor projects to the local culture and context or a specific place and time to make guests feel as if they are stepping into a different world. While I’m always hesitant to discuss specific trends – the minute you talk about it, it’s out of trend – I really

enjoy this particular movement, as it reveals a lot of new inventive design and pushes us as architects to design spaces with unique narratives and distinct personalities. When we consider decorative lighting within interior design, today, it is no longer purely decorative – it’s often part of the larger design narrative and overall environment. In hospitality, it heightens the entire guest experience and has the ability to draw the eye to certain areas of a room, bring a rhythm to the space or add a sense of intimacy and scale. In US nightclubs and restaurants, we use lighting to tell stories and spend a lot of time thinking about entrances and how guests move throughout the space. Lighting can add a momentary sensation at the entry point, which sets the tone for the rest of the experience before even stepping inside. Though short-lived, it’s a memorable encounter that feels elevated. Our designs for projects such as TAO Downtown, Catch Steak, OMNIA, and KAOS nightclub, use this idea to mark thresholds and frame narratives. For me, unexpected details and amazing craftsmanship will always be important. At Rockwell Group we obsess over materiality, favouring a rich language of materials that retain a sense of craft. In lighting, we’re seeing different forms being experimented with, as well as testing the limits of handblown glass and other materials to produce more bespoke fixtures. Significant improvements in LED technology has also allowed lighting companies to create beautiful, high quality and energy efficient fixtures that emit a warm light and avoid sight of the actual light source. We’re also seeing unexpected, dramatic scale and grand volumes to lighting installations now - this is combined with more general interior design trends that are focused on saturated palettes with unexpected colour pairings; an obsession with geometry; and an interest in biophilic design, using natural materials and organic silhouettes and forms. Lighting is a building material and I think our clients really recognise that. It has dramatic impact on the atmosphere and perception of space. Lighting should reinforce the big concept and the architectural idea, simultaneously bringing beauty and function to a space. Our designers work with a lot of amazing lighting brands and we also regularly work with several manufacturers to make custom fixtures. We are always on the lookout for companies that put craftsmanship and creativity first, such as Anna Karlin, In Common With, Pelle Designs and Juniper Design. A few years ago, Rockwell Group (RBW) also collaborated with Rich Brilliant Willing on a collection comprised of three minimalist, suspension and wall mounted LED fixtures. We had a long working relationship with RBW on creating customised pieces for a range of projects, from the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at the Lincoln Center, to several residential buildings in New York, Miami and Washington DC. Looking ahead, I don’t think the concept of hybrid or ‘mash-ups’ are disappearing anytime soon. There’s been a significant demand for commercial spaces that cater to a range of different experiences. In many of our hospitality designs, whether it’s a hotel, resort, spa or restaurant, there is an emphasis on public, communal places that transform for socialising, working and relaxing. For example, a hotel’s meeting room can double as a private dining room or the lobby can transform from co-working during the day to a lounge at night. As a result, Rockwell Group has been thinking more about how our designs can enhance these different functions and transformations and lighting plays a big role in easing that day-to-night transition. The right solution not only creates atmosphere, but it also connects a space to its own unique needs. I think the use of localised lighting and dimmers work well, so that the overall ambience can transform for different purposes.” www.rockwellgroup.com


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DesignAgency Founded in 1998 by partners and long-time friends Matt Davis, Anwar Mekhayech and Allen Chan, DesignAgency unites interior design, architectural concept, strategic branding, and visual communication in a unique and innovative way. One of the most distinguished design studios in Canada, its services are widely sought after, with clients in more than 26 cities and nine countries worldwide. Its global success is based on its high level of design excellence and ability to create special environments through narratives developed with the client.

And in considering materials and textures – it’s a very exciting time right now as almost anything goes. There is so much choice on the market that designers are using a plethora of materials but what stands out is when they are used in new and innovative ways. If we are to pinpoint a specific trend, we would say that although designers have orientated towards brass and bronze detailing over the past few years, this is now being replaced by painted metals. Also, in Canada, architects and designers have always excelled at designing with timber, but now with changing building codes and an influx of new sustainable wood products, we are likely going to see an explosion in experimentation with wood and exciting new designs at all scales. Then when you look at lighting trends specifically, we have definitely seen a move towards more custom and decorative lighting being used to differentiate projects; more room-defining statement lights. These are being complemented by dimmable, architectural LED strip lights. Essentially, these are more like sculptural centrepieces that anchor the room and can function almost like art in the way that they can elevate and often define a project. For example, our firm recently designed the Louix Louis restaurant at the St Regis Hotel in Toronto where we custom designed three Czech crystal chandeliers to evoke the feeling of whisky swirling in a glass. Our Canadian clients are definitely becoming more aware of what we, as designers, have always preached, that ‘lighting is everything’. It’s a good time to be a lighting consultant as they are now regarded as essential to the consultant team. There’s a real upswell of Canadian lighting design talent right now, for example our friends at Anony have been creating some really great pieces lately. We’re also really excited about the work we’re seeing from Castor, Omar Arbell (Bocci), MSDS and Lambert & Fils. We are also fortunate to have some very informed lighting stores in the country, such a Dark Tools, which has incredibly knowledgeable staff that go beyond traditional retailing and work in more of a consulting role to help educate designers about lighting and find the right solutions for a project. Lighting in Canada has always played a key role in interiors and with design becoming such an integrated system, it’s now even more critical that interior design, art and lighting all work together. Moving forward we see an increasing demand for lighting control and think that custom lighting will also continue to be critical.” www.thedesignagency.ca


“Canada’s design scene struggled for many years as it was such a small market and there just weren’t enough opportunities and even less room for experimentation,” the DesigAgency founders tell darc. “As a result, homegrown talent moved away to cities such as New York, which offered better platforms for establishing careers. That said, Canada is currently experiencing a boom in creative energy; we have a burgeoning design scene that is part of a great influx of talent across a range of cultural fields including music, culinary, architecture, and design – and the world is recognising that something exciting is happening in Canada and wants to be part of it. In addition, there’s the impression that our country is a progressive one and Canadians are good people to work with. We believe this is attracting global hoteliers, restaurateurs, and developers. This, in-turn, is providing us with an influx of talent from around the world, which is making our design culture really interesting. Our Toronto studio for example, employs designers from all over the globe including Australia, Syria, Russia, Spain, UK, Iran and Korea. Canada has also experienced an economic boom in recent years – and in particular Toronto – so this has influenced the opportunities available to designers and with that brings a sense of competitiveness, and clients are now commissioning more innovative work. Canadian firms are also being commissioned to work on some of the world’s biggest luxury hotel and restaurant properties around the world. Though each studio’s approach and style is unique, we’re seeing a lot of strong work coming out of Canadian offices. In terms of design trends, now more than ever we’re experiencing a globalisation of design, so the trends we’re seeing in Canada are the same elsewhere in the world. We’re moving through a form of post-modern revival where a lot of designers are using simple shapes that toy with asymmetry and whimsy to enhance the overall design concept. That said, since Canada is such a vast country, our designers have to consider that lighting conditions are not the same from coast to coast. We differentiate from places such as Miami or LA in the US, because we have such a dramatic change in season year-round. In Canada, it’s crucial that lighting, particularly in hospitality venues, takes into account winter conditions by creating a warm atmosphere that draws guests in from the cold. For the Lena restaurant in Toronto, for example, we added a tall cascading fixture with tear-drop pendants around the bar that casts a soft glow and announces the restaurant from the street, drawing guests inside.

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Yabu Pushelberg Yabu Pushelberg was founded in 1980 by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg with an emphasis on interior design. With offices in New York and Toronto and a team of more than a hundred creatives and professionals, the studio has since expanded into a multidisciplinary practice that addresses multiple layers of the human experience - designing buildings, interiors, landscapes, lighting, furniture and more, with a focus that goes well beyond what things look like, to how they make people feel.

With an abundance of experience in both the US and Canada, the design duo tells darc: “The industry in North America is constantly moving forward; if it stood still and didn’t evolve, that would make life boring. Design is a mechanism to make you and your surroundings better.” “We have seen quite a lot of decorative lighting trends over the years — lights on rods, circular globes, expressive light fixtures that become the main art installations within a space – it is a trend we hope will diminish soon and the reason we say that, is because we don’t want everything to look the same,” George Yabu says. “Everyone deserves some space and changing things up is how you do it. A few years ago, the trend was bare lamp fixtures and now it has shifted to opal white glass. Bare lamps have more of an industrial vibe to them and I think people may have grown tired of seeing this and want a more elevated, luxurious fixture like the opal white glass. “Intuitively I think everyone can appreciate the importance of good lighting. What can be trickier is people putting their finger on how lighting has the power to make or break a space. The connection between good lighting and a well-designed environment can often be difficult for people to recognise. They may not be able to articulate how a mood is created within a space through a lighting hierarchy, but they can definitely tell if the lighting makes them more confident, relaxed, empowered, or hyper-aware, making you feel like you’re under an unflattering microscope. The way light can shape an overall experience is why we decided to expand our team of internal lighting designers to help us create the stories we want to tell, through light. Our lighting team is remarkable and they are always educating us and our client on the importance of good lighting and its impact on projects.

“The way a room is lit can completely transform someone’s experience. Whether a person is aware of it or not, lighting is the first indicator of whether the right mood is set within an environment. Light can indicate if a person can get comfortable and feel relaxed, if it’s time to party or to rest; it informs how guests should interact with a space. What’s so interesting about light is that it has the power to make an environment feel refreshed, alluring, calm or kinetic; shapes the overall experience in a way a lot of people forget about.” In terms of general design trends across North America, Glenn Pushelberg adds: “The way in which people are interacting and designing their kitchens in the home is changing. Kitchens have become an extension of the living room; it is a place where people gather to chat, or can be a relaxing place to just enjoy some cereal in silence. They should be looked after as if they are a bar or library, a happening place in the home. An interesting addition would be panels that fold up and disappear.” “Lighting should always be integral to good design,” continues Yabu. “It elevates every single environment and the benefit of having lighting inhouse is we can work together to use lighting to contrast and highlight the important elements of the experiences we design. Good lighting design doesn’t need to be specific to one brand either, we are open to working with different companies depending on the feel of the project, the budget or the location, but one brand in the US we feel has been doing a great job recently, is Lucifer Lighting.” yabupushelberg.com


thin led viso For 25 years, VISO has enhanced environments to up-lift the senses through the power of light and design. Based in Toronto, Canada the company works on many international projects with world renowned designers and architects, offering a decorative collection of contemporary light fixtures and custom designs for bespoke lighting. At the helm is a creative, energetic and ambitious couple; Filipe Lisboa, Founder and CEO, and Tzetzy Naydenova, President. Under their leadership, the company has transformed countless environments though modern industrial design ideas and fabrication techniques. As Founder and CEO, Lisboa also wears the hat of Head Designer. In 1998, he designed the first collection for VISO, which utilised translucent materials such as glass, opal and polycarbonate. Fast forward to today and the company is an industry leader with different materials and techniques to develop one-of-a-kind fixtures that inspire and bring life to the spaces they inhabit. For Lisboa, lighting is an integral part of everyone’s daily life and as a designer, it is his goal to bring his appreciation for lighting design into every project. One of VISO’s latest products is the Thin LED. Designed by Lisboa, the lamp is an upgrade of the previous T5 fluorescent lamp. This improved version is designed with an integral LED and offers a traditional fluorescent look without the harsh UV rays.

It also requires zero-maintenance, meaning there is no need to worry about changing the lamp given its 50,000-hour life expectancy. This energy efficient LED casts an even glow of 3000K. The 2ft Thin LED consumes 8W, the 3ft Thin LED consumes 12W and the 4ft Thin LED consumes 16W; the lumen output is 640Lm, 960Lm and 1280Lm respectively. Certified for worldwide use, the fixture has dual dimming capabilities for either a 0-10V or TRIAC/ELV dimming system. The Thin LED was the perfect fixture for the unveiling of the People’s Energy Welcome Pavilion at Navy Pier. Located on the Chicago shoreline, the pier is one of most attended and iconic destinations in the Midwest America. In designing the 4,000sqft facility, architectural practice Gensler had energy efficiency in mind. Its vision was to maximise guest experience and, at the same time, minimise environmental impact. To achieve this goal, VISO delivered 23, 3ft vertical Thin LED and 42, 4ft horizontal Thin LED fixtures, all with mirrored end-caps, to create a breathtaking geometric installation in the lobby. With the environment at the forefront of so much of what is going on in the world, VISO is proud to offer products that minimise environmental impact while delivering on design and functionality. visoinc.com

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Allavo Cerno California-based lighting design studio, Cerno, has a portfolio of contemporary designs and modern craftsmanship created by childhood friends Bret Englander, Daniel Wacholder and Nick Sheridan, who established the studio in 2009. Part of the Cerno family of designs is the Allavo sconce; a high-performance vanity light that distributes an even and non-direct illumination. Prototypes for a vanity design dated back six years for Cerno, but the Allavo design was in the works for roughly one year. Nick Sheridan, co-founder and designer at Cerno, was responsible for the creation of the Allavo, which includes the firm’s signature use of wood integrated into the fabric of the design. “The most challenging aspect of the design was balancing the performance and aesthetics while not compromising either element of the fixture,” explains Cerno.

“Nick nailed the design from the first drawing and proof of concept. We then made some changes, but the original intent was preserved,” the team added. Despite being listed as a vanity sconce, the LED fixture has multiple installation options, from corridors to bedsides. The indirect light source is somewhat counterintuitive for a vanity, but provides a beautiful diffuse of light for the user. “Cerno’s designers and engineers prioritised the utility of the Allavo vanity, while not ignoring the importance of the aesthetic,” the team explains. “Delivering exceptional performance by emitting even and ample illumination was key to achieving our goal. The novel design bounces indirect light off a curved metal surface to create soft, diffuse light. Cerno’s signature use of wood is integrated seamlessly into a design we believe harmonises usefulness and beauty.” www.cernogroup.com



Cube Karice

British Columbia-based lighting designer and manufacturer, Karice, has launched its latest product, the Cube. A design that lay dormant since 2016 was brought to life again through inspiration from Lead Designer at Karice, Maurice Dery’s, grandchildren and the idea of carefree play with objects. The idea first came from the Rubik’s cube. “It was the bold colours and simple form that sparked the idea for a new design in the summer of 2016,” explains Dery. “As other projects became a priority, the Cube idea got shelved for some time until that spark of an idea was reignited. Watching the children play and build with a carefree attitude, I wanted to create a light that was bright, playful and simple in form.” The shape, form and size of the fixture had been determined, but the challenge for the team was to create a light source. “We knew we wanted the fixture to be bright with a high CRI index from an LED source, but we also knew we would be limited by the small constraints of the fixture,” explained Dery. “One of the main challenges we had to overcome was dealing with the amount of heat that would be generated. Our designer Jordan took on the task of developing the light source for the fixture. This included sourcing a suitable LED for our requirements and designing and developing a heat sink that would manage the heat produced.” The core of the fixture is comprised of a newly revised, custom proprietary aluminium extrusion that Karice designed and developed. The shape of the extrusion was fine-tuned over the years to accommodate the design needs as it changed and developed. “Further custom aluminium end caps were designed and produced in-house with our CNC milling machine,” elaborates Dery. “Karice also manufactured the heatsink developed with the light source that we chose to use and a decisio was made in the early prototype stages to move away from using acrylic as our diffuser material. We began working with a local company to develop a new lens made from polycarbonate. Since polycarbonate can be extruded, we were able to design a profile better suited for our aluminium extrusion. “The use of the polycarbonate lenses is a great product improvement as the ease of installation and removal of the lens was significantly improved. We were able to balance the amount of light emitted, while still hiding the light source and eliminating hotspots.” The bright colours of this fun product give it its stand out character. The fixtures are available as both downlights as well as with a side lit option. There is also a selection of standard colours for those wanting to obtain a more conservative look. www.karice.com


balance archilume Archilume’s energy-efficient decorative luminaires are a revolution in the use of LED lighting. Founder and designer, Saleem Khattak has a passion for light and sculptural expression and this has formed his signature style, which evokes warmth, comfort and intimacy. Born in Charlottetown, P.E.I. and raised in Vancouver, BC, Khattak graduated from the Industrial Design programme at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 1999. Upon graduation Khattak went on to work at some of Canada’s most prestigious architecture and lighting design firms including Rebelle Architecture Lighting; Designlines Canada; and Busby + Associates (now Perkins + Wil), before taking on a role as senior designer at Joel Berman Glass Studios. The Archilume concept was born out of a desire to utilise a very small light source and package it in a small, clean minimalist form. At the time of his idea in 2004, the LED industry was in its infancy and the technology to realise such an idea was not yet available. It wasn’t until 2009, when technology caught up, that Archilume came to fruition. Launched in 2013, Archilume’s glare-free luminaires created a revolution in the use of LED lighting due to the use of the total internal reflection (TIR) optical principle. The concept behind one of his most recent launches - the Balance luminaire - was to create a sculpturally evocative form that celebrates the aspect of total internal reflection as the lighting principle, using an LED light source. The idea proposed was a simple luminaire with sculptural presence creating visual tension, while celebrating aspects of opacity translucency and transparency. Drawing inspiration from the Bauhaus movement and from the sculptural works of Joan Miró and Alexander Calder, Balance consists of a pair of disc shapes suspended by twinned cables, one beneath the other, hung in perpendicular directions. The upper half of each disc is opaque machined aluminium while the lower half is a transparent acrylic lens with a frosted edge emitting a glare-free warm tone 2700K colour temperature light from a single LED. Taking approximately a year to develop from its inception, the most challenging aspect of the project, from an optics perspective, was developing the optical system for a flattering, uniform appearance using the principle of total internal reflection while providing proper accent illumination. From a fabrication perspective, Archilume had to get the machining process precisely correct to ensure the fine surface quality of a lathe finish on all surfaces of a bisected disc shape of the machined aluminium housing. Compositionally balanced while creating visual tension, Balance offers an arresting sculptural accent in a beautifully functional luminaire. archilume.com



Lukas Peet has been practicing his craft since graduating from the Design Academy of Eindhoven in 2009. His aesthetic maturity has commanded recognition, notably as Winner of Canada’s Emerging Designer Award, Maison & Objet Rising Talent, and Wallpaper* Next Generation Designer. His desire to challenge the familiar, the normative and everything in between, makes way to a vast curiosity about objects, processes, materials and production techniques. In 2013, Peet co-founded ANDlight, a contemporary lighting company based in Vancouver, Canada. The company is cofounded by Caine Heintzman and Matt Davis with the intent to challenge existing standards in lighting. One of the brand’s latest launches is Pebble – designed by Peet, the fixture was born from the desire to create a luminaire that captivates imagination while delivering the best performance possible as a light. Inspired by the inexplicable and beautiful qualities of stones, the challenge was to create an expressive and seemingly bespoke piece while providing functional lighting within any given space. “The initial inspiration for the series was the inherent beauty of river rocks – seemingly simple, the complexity of their form and how they interact are the result of thousands of years of sculpting by nature,” says Peet. “Glass blowing was an interesting process to utilise for this idea, as the process enables for manipulation and malleability of the material. I wanted to allow these primordial shapes to glow – adding to their profoundness and giving them a soul. “Enhancing their simple yet sculptural form through translucency, two glass blown shapes come together entering a dialogue. The result is a seemingly bespoke pendant fixture – endlessly evolving in shape as it appears from different angles. Always a combination of a large and small glass blown form, each with four possibilities for finishes, the pebble allows for the individual to extract their personal collection. “The finesse and sculptural aesthetics of the blown glass are further enhanced by a carefully engineered LED board designed for this light specifically. Thus allowing the combination of large and small forms with consistent light output, the result is a fixture that plays with balance by the way it is hung while each side is proportionally lit. Moreover, both glass forms are connected to one another with a machined aluminium LED holder and heat sink; allowing the forms to pair up in harmony – while elegantly housing the electrical connections and suspension system.” Opaque, translucent, glossy, etched or varying in colour – the range of finishes honours the diverse qualities of pebbles found in nature. Bridging mass produced components and handcrafted glass make for an innovative fixture where technicalities and delicacy meet to treat the luminaire as a whole. The Pebble series offers a double glass form pendant as well as a single glass sconce version. andlight.ca


ANDlight, decorative luminaire design,

manufactured in Vancouver, Canada.



Zephyr Hubbardton Forge Self-described Modern American Blacksmiths, Hubbardton Forge is based in Vermont and is one of North America’s oldest and largest continuously operating commercial forges. Handcrafting each product over the last 45 years, Hubbardton Forge takes pride in assuring a high quality and individuality with each of its products for its customers. Designer Paul Marr-Hilliard graduated from the Swain School of Design, and after discovered a passion for stone and metal sculpture that prompted him to hone his skills in Vermont with Hubbardton Forge. “I can’t remember a time of not having the question ‘how does it work?’ and the curiosity at a young age that drove me to take things apart and occasionally put them back together,” he reflects. “This subtractive and additive process eventually led to creating sculptures from stone and metal, and more recently, to designing lighting at Hubbardton Forge.” The Zephyr pendant is a contemporary, organic form, made with etched steel, acrylic and a small row of LEDs at either end. “I started with a pencil sketching to rapidly find the essence of the idea. After that, a small-scale copper and paper model

allowed for quick discovery of new angles of observation and making adjustments,” explains Marr-Hilliard. “With 2D CAD drawings, we were able to figure out overall size and proportions and develop flat patterns for the steel and acrylic sheets, cut by waterjet, and then heated and hand-formed into shape. Throughout the process, input and collaboration with other members of the design team was essential in developing the aesthetic of the design that was realised in the form a of a full-size, working prototype, created by our in-house prototyping team. Engineering worked out the details of wiring and securing all the pieces together with the help of 3D modelling software. Adjustments were made until the Zephyr was ready for production.” The acrylic curves of this light sculpture bend the light from the LEDs at either end, guiding the light along the curves until it “escapes the thousands of laser-etched points in a proprietary precision matrix on its surface,” describes Marr-Hilliard. Taking six months to produce, the Zephyr pendant is a modern design that incorporates classic colours and textures, giving it multiple installation options. www.hubbardtonforge.com


bloom collection hollis + morris For Mischa Couvrette, founder and sole designer of hollis+morris, design has always been a natural progression. After spending the majority of his formative years immersed in nature, he went on to study environmental science and marine biology. At the age of 25, it was through redesigning and rebuilding a sailboat by hand that led him to understand and value design in a new way. In 2015, Couvrette founded hollis+morris, the Toronto-based studio proudly focusing on functionality and a distinctively modern approach that pulls inspiration from the outdoors. Constructing all of the studio’s lighting and furniture locally, by hand, and with sustainable methods, hollis+morris demonstrates that it is truly driven by a respect towards our innate connection to nature. The most recent collection, Bloom, is an authentic manifestation of these concepts. Couvrette explains: “The idea behind it was to abstract a naturally occurring element and to distill it into minimal fixtures. The success of the collection comes from this endeavour. Our desire was to shed the unnecessary and maintain the element’s creativity and elegance. “It was a large departure from most of our existing collections. As such, there was a great deal of technology that needed to be understood and integrated into a very streamlined aesthetic.” In particular, the Willow pendant is the culmination of nearly one full year of design. “We use 12V LED

technology and worked diligently to fit it into a very small fixture… It is always more challenging to produce something simple than something complicated.” At hollis+morris, the collection is constructed with its trademark integrations of solid wood and metal to celebrate the inherent strengths of each material. As seen on the Willow fixtures, “the orbs are handblown with an incredibly creamy, matte texture. This creates a soft glow that gently highlights the natural wood grain. Metal caps that connect the orbs with a combination of solid walnut and oak dowels are available in a variety of finishes to highlight elements in any space.” The studio’s thoughtful attention to detail results in quality sculptural pieces that exemplify versatility, ease and flow. “Our goal is to create functional decorative pieces that fit anywhere, from a personal residence to a savvy tech office. We’ve always designed our product with an element of playfulness, while keeping to our core values of less is more. Our product stands out because of our desire to innovate and take risks.” The studio’s approach to each fixture allows form and material the capacity to convey balance and harmony with modern elegance - a reminder of both simplicity and clarity. When asked by darc to describe the Bloom Collection in three words, Couvrette replies: “defined by nature.” www.hollismorris.com

fortune favours the bolt

bolt sconce and tetra floor lamp

toronto | hollismorris.com


dimple rich brilliant willing

The belief system of Rich Brilliant Willing is founded on the principle that light has the unlimited potential to transform the environments in which people live their lives – they craft “luminary solutions”. This was the driving force behind its collaboration with the creative agency Atelier Ace, working on the Sister City Hotel in New York. The designs for the hotel were inspired by the wellbeing philosophy of ‘Less, But Better’, with the minimalist notions of satisfaction founded in just having enough. The philosophy is imbued within every aspect of its design, where nothing is extravagant but every detail is thoughtfully considered and executed throughout the hotel. This includes an urban garden, stripped down cherry wood furnishings, and a firstof-its-kind Lobby Score; a generative soundscape by Julianna Barwick, and informed via a sky camera on the lobby roof and Microsoft’s AI technology. The Dimple light fixture was designed to be the precise representation of this philosophy. Originally produced as a custom fixture for the Sister City hotel, it is a dimmable sconce made from solid-cast glass and an anodised aluminium backing, embodying the brand’s beliefs in functional simplicity and a minimalist design ethos. It takes inspiration from a range of natural and cultural influences: from Finnish saunas to Japanese bento boxes, prehistoric rock-cut cliff dwellings, and John Cage’s 4’33. “The concept development was very short – only about three weeks – but selecting the right finishes took much longer, probably about six months and several rounds of samples,” Rich Brilliant Willing tells darc. Cheekily named for the thick, domed circular diffuser that’s embedded into its front face, this unique feature renders its LED source into a soft, atmospheric glow, one that subtly emanates an orb-like, elliptical pattern. Evocative of a headlight or a lens, the sconce is durable and damp-rated, making it suitable for indoor or outdoor use, bathrooms, or bedside applications. At Sister City, a custom version of Dimple, featuring clear glass and a white-painted interior, is installed in each of the 200 guest rooms, as well as in corridors and common areas. This model, in addition to three new glass options in smoke, amber, and frosted finishes, have been specially engineered for depth, clarity, and saturation of the colour. The minimal, simple and timeless design of the Dimple forms a part of Sister City’s overall ambition of fostering a sense of attention and self-care, while travelling in one of the busiest cities in the world. richbrilliantwilling.com


Contemporary LED lighting designed and built in Brooklyn.


50 Greene St New York NY 10013



upcycling elevated to high design cp lighting Christopher Poehlmann has been designing and building innovative modern decorative lighting for his company CP Lighting for nearly three decades. His formative years as a self taught designer gave him an affinity towards found object assemblage — using existing and often cast off items in new and interesting ways, fitting in nicely with the Bricolage movement of the 1980s. Over the years, Poehlmann has become known as a designer who relentlessly re-invents and re-uses both materials as well as ideas throughout the CP Lighting product line. Up-cycling has always played a strong supporting role in the work, though almost always as an added environmental value as opposed to a primary visual role. Poehlmann tells darc: “I always expect the design of an object to be key. Never love me because I look recycled, but love the fact that the product is beautiful and thoughtful and happens to be made from post-consumer materials.” CP Lighting’s most recent foray into the world of high design up-cycling is the new Liquor Lamp line, which sees a partnership with master glass blowers who specialise in zero-waste recycling of bottle glass. “Our glass blowers have perfected a technique to make Incalmo designs — fusing two or more glass elements together in a single piece — using bottle glass. This process dates back to the Middle Ages with hot glass, however our use of bottle glass for Incalmo is unprecedented within the glass industry. Our Incalmo pendants and wall sconces can be specified in choice of standard bottle glass colours — clear, green, brown and blue and lamped with a 2750K 12V LED module capped by an acrylic lens. “Other fixtures in this series include our Liquor Lamp sconces and pendants, which are made from re-blown clear liquor bottles deformed into globes that retain elements of their former selves, such as the heavy pressed glass bottle bases, which become the tops; as well as our Petal pendants made from wine bottles spun into round plate forms.” Poehlmann also adds these glass shades to bespoke fixtures from his well-known Growth series, a body of work that has gained him an international reputation and helped launch the idea of rustic modernism and pushed organic design into the mainstream over the past few years. The studio’s work scales well, either in multiples or in custom designs in any size. Working with a wide variety of materials including up-cycled bottle glass, aluminum, steel, brass, plastic and wood, CP Lighting produces work that is equally well suited to residential, commercial and hospitality environments. www.cplighting.com

CP Lighting www.cplighting.com Instagram @cplighting Modern light fixtures up-cycled materials made in the USA tel 414.426.1473


manitoba collection atelier stobben Atelier Stōbben specialises in modern lighting inspired by minimalism, Mennonite heritage and generations of self-sufficiency. Paul Neudorf, lead designer and owner, designs with raw materials in mind, such as hardwood, metal and concrete. The collection of Manitoba wall lamps were inspired by Neudorf’s grandparent’s Mennonite wall clock. Originally painted and made out of steel and brass, they still hold an almost iconic status; during periods of migration, many Mennonites would wrap up their clock and take it with them. With this idea of home and rootedness, the Manitoba wall lamps explore the connection of lighting to mental health. Circadian lighting has been programmed to tell time as the light changes throughout the day, thus limiting the effect artificial light can have on the human circadian rhythm, encouraging the body to realign its internal clock. With the idea of time being fluid appealing to Neudorf, as we are so often controlled by our busy schedules, the wall lights double as working clocks. Interactivity was also key in this process. The brass chains of the Mennonite clocks had to be wound up every night before bed – thus Neudorf wanted his fixtures to be as tactile and interactive as possible. The most challenging aspects were figuring out the right programming for the circadian lighting and understanding how the fixture’s treatment lighting will actually benefit

someone’s mental health and well-being. The materials also proved a challenge - the glass had to be exactly round so that it would turn perfectly for the clock movements. There were also some issues finding the right power supply that was robust enough to handle the clock movements and circadian programming. Built from hardwoods such as walnut and white oak, with coral powder-coated steel and brass rings for the main lamp bodies, brass chains, brass pipe, and teal powder-coated aluminum is used for the tactile, interactive elements of the wall lights. The Manitoba range also uses new smart technologies, which programme a circadian light cycle to connect with abstract clock movements, tactile and interactive technologies for users to control the lamps, and WiFi programming through a smartphone app. 3D printing was employed with corn-starch composite PLA for gears and light housing, plasma-cutting for steel, laser-cutting for brass, and CNC cutting for wood. The Manitoba collection has a lot of commercial potential; restaurants, boutique hotel lobbies or in hotel guest rooms and office lobbies. In the future, Neudorf would also like to develop other versions such as table lamps, floor lamps and hanging lamps. www.atelierstobben.com

Inspired by generations of makers

Atelier StĹ?bben specializes in modern lighting inspired by Mennonite traditions and generations of self-sufficiency.










KIT: DECORATIVE ENTRIES 1. Fold Chandelier Tigermoth Lighting

2. Halo Willowlamp

3. Entwine Collection Satelight Design

A linear array of folded brass shades, each hand-grained to bring out the best in this beautiful material. The appeal of the piece lies in the contemporary juxtaposition of its lightness and strength, with the sharp angular shades being used to create an organic and sculptural chandelier. The unique modular ceiling rose continues this geometry throughout the chandelier.

Halo is a futuristic ghost-like semitransparent form. The success of this design results from an ingenious clip device that has enabled the brand - for the first time - to attach the ball chain to itself. This allows for dynamic and distorted curves to be created. The idea is inspired by Antoni Gaudi, who used inverted chain models in the structural design for the Sagrada Familia.

Entwine is a story - the narrative from beginning to end - the curves and flow of the coils of rope are a journey in light. The interweaving of paths and connections make this more than a light fixture, it is a sculpture. Designed by Duncan Ward and Ben Merrylees it is a fusion of woven rope, brass and timber - the collection comprises a pendant, wall light, and ceiling fixture.

4. Madrone Sin Pérdida De Su Luz

5. Proton Karice

6. Brixham Liqui Contracts

This decorative outdoor fixture comes in two sizes and can be placed in two distinct ways – either hanging from a tree branch from its leather straps, or simply resting on the ground. Inspired by the ‘madrone’, which is the fruit of the Arbutus tree, and the geometrical proportions of an icosahedron, the fixture is intended to project light alongside a leaf-inspired shadow pattern.

Proton has been designed to complement Karice's Electron series, and has been finished in similar tones to 2019’s newest Pantone Colour scheme. Blazing a new trail in product development, the coral tones of the light are meant to be electrifying. The light is also offered in standard gold, silver and black finishes, but the coral is intended for those who dare to be different.

The Brixham pendant range consists of two shapes, lozenge and drum (available in small and large). The design uses wooden slats based on the look of traditional crab pots, which led to naming the lighting range after the well-known fishing town of Brixham in Devon. Made from sustainably sourced birch ply, the hand-finished wooden lights are available in several sizes and finishes.

Over the next few pages we bring you a selection of products and shortlisted projects entered into this year's [d]arc awards, all featuring strong decorative lighting elements... Time to pick your favourites! www.darcawards.com








7. Cé Petite Studio D'Armes

8. Intervals Sonnemam - A Way of Light

9. Lumigon Barrisol

Cé Petite blends fringing and solid bronze, revealing a well-rounded wall-mounted fixture. The solid bronze pieces, which form a perfect round when the luminaire is viewed from the front, reveal a profile of gentle curves. The use of anthropomorphism adds a human touch, while the fringing contrast their straight lines with the plush atmosphere created by the light they sift.

Designed for architectural scalability, Intervals’ horizontal beam has the potential to span long lengths within a space — complete with evenly spaced, integrated downlight lenses and upward illuminated decorative glass diffusers to form a dramatically powerful lighting approach.Intervals’ narrow body floats between two thin cables, filling an overhead space with strong lines.

Flynn Talbot’s work explores how light impact transforms the space. Barrisol develops human-centric lighting solutions. Lumigon is the result of this exceptional collaboration. Formed of four ovals of the same size, positive and negative spaces within the ovals create a dynamic form, where light is not only a source but is integrated within the structure so it becomes a material.

10. Aurora Luum

11. OLO Seed Lighting Design

12. Arame Tom Raffield

Aurora - named after the natural display in the northern hemisphere - aims to emulate the streak of light captured in a long exposure photograph or the trail of a bright light in motion. A sinuous aluminium ring circles around itself in a series of subtle waves, to create a fluid form. Gentle LED light is emitted from integrated silicon diffusers that twist and flow with the curve of the tubes.

OLO appears in a silhouette of simplicity yet is embedded with cutting-edge technology of glare-free, high efficiency and CRI (>90) LED module. The illumination emits one-way effectively, while a portion of light diffuses through its hollow lampshade to the other side, reducing the contrast of brightness in the space, while rotary shades interact cleverly with various user scenarios.

A celebration of nature’s formations, the Arame wall light takes inspiration from the organic shapes, movements and sequential patterns that surround us. Switched on or off, the Arame produces boundless shadows that unfurl, pirouette and tumble in kaleidoscopic tessellation creating an extraordinary spectacle, whether in a commercial, residential or professional setting.








KIT: DECORATIVE ENTRIES 1. Satelite Small Rabbit Design

2. Guinevere Joe Scog

3. Art Glass Deco Baranksa Design

Satelite is crafted from an innovative Japanese paper, aluminium and flexible OLED light panels from Applelec. The inspiration of the shape and concept for the light derives from satellites transmitting information from the universe into our homes. The light acts as a bridge between the future that OLED lighting brings and the traditional Asian lantern.

Guinevere combines wood and solid brass crafted components to achieve exceptional finishes. Components are designed with multiple-use and maintainability in mind so that, for example the ceiling rose you see on Guinevere also doubles up as a pendant shade – therefore one tool, one stock and economies of scale and environmental impact.

The Art Glass Deco collection has been inspired by Art Deco, but utilises a very modern form and technological solution. The curved glass is mounted in metal frames on flexible foams, meaning they can be arranged like puzzles, can be easily removed, and their shape and colour can be changed. Available in two diameters 30cm and 60cm, the lamp size can be changed using other metal rings.

4. Balance Archilume

5. Mod Bover

6. Atworth Charlie Caffyn Furniture

A sculpturally evocative form that celebrates the aspect of total internal reflection Balance is a simple luminaire with sculptural presence creating visual tension, while celebrating aspects of opacity, translucency and transparency. Balance consists of a pair of disc shapes suspended by twinned cables, one beneath the other, hung in perpendicular directions.

Designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violán, the Mod seeks its inspiration in nature. The petals are customisable and able to adapt to almost all types of materials. The luminare is built on a central shaft from which the flowers are born. The LED light source is dimmable and protected by an elliptical low-intensity polyethylene balloon that emits a warm and uniform ambient light.

The Atworth desk light was designed and handcrafted by Charlie Caffyn and lighting designer Deb Wythe of Design in Progress. Atworth took its cue from the work of architects such as E. Fay Jones and those who use interlocking forms to celebrate structure. Stripping the frame back to its minimal construction leaves the lamp open and apparent to be enjoyed.








7. Element Martin Huxford Studio

8. Reflections Collection Delta Light

9. Shadow Astro Lighting

An interlinked geometric construct, Element is created from more than 1,000 identical pieces of hand-finished brass, each of which has been pierced to accentuate the refracted light within the layers of the chandelier. The formal structure is mathematically composed, whilst its crisp geometry is softened and enhanced by the hand applied texture of each brushed brass link.

Reflections comprises of three new ranges, a series of adventures in luminaire design the Soiree, Mello and Miles. The collection was launched in a mission to improve the relationships between architecture, interiors, its users and visitors. A poetic expression of craftsmanship, light, technology, texture, shape and mood.

The Shadow is an elegantly simple wall luminaire that produces soft pools of illumination both up and down the wall, adding a subtly decorative accent to any scheme. An artisan approach is taken as part of the development process, with each luminaire individually handcrafted from high grade plaster, ensuring a completely smooth surface with crisp edges is achieved.

10. Marcel Work Lamp John Hollington Design

11. Noctambule Flos

12. Petal Collection Run For The Hills & Northern Lighting

The Marcel Work Lamp has been inspired by the geometry and materials of Marcel Breuer’s classic B12 tubular chromed steel side table. The design combines attention to detail, simplicity of form and masterful craftsmanship to produce a lamp that, if coveted and taken care of, will last for a lifetime – a sustainable concept in our throwaway culture.

Designed by Konstantin Grcic for Flos, Noctambule is an exciting new collection of lamps made of handblown glass modules. The simplicity and transparency makes them all but invisible during the day, coming alive at night, just like the nocturnal owl. When switched on, the stunning glass cylindrical shapes transform into wonderful illuminated lanterns, chandeliers or light columns.

This bespoke collection, designed by Run For The Hills together with Northern Lighting for the Tivoli cinema in Bath, UK, features a rich bronze custom ‘petal’ light design. The bespoke collection is modern in style, but pays homage to decorative old-world chandeliers, mixing metals between black and bronze and giving a nod to nature with leaf and petal motifs.









2. Levitas Phanes Lighting

3. Alfi Estiluz

The Lora Series of smart LED table and floor lamps offers thoughtfully designed fixtures that are progressive in both design and technology, while integrating unique curves and straight lines to create a visually slim and sleek style. The tapered lamp-post and base support a diffuser that deploys robus illumination downward, with a soft halo, evoking a warm and inviting impression.

Designed by Lorenzo Truant, Levitas is a collection of blown glass suspension and table lamps. Consisting of a LED COB source and its related heatsink, light is scattered by a white blown glass, which is fixed in a second bigger transparent glass. The idea is to create a transparent bubble in which there is no gravity; the white inner light bubble seems suspended.

The Alfi family conveys the playful movement of pins and is available in both floor and pendant models. Conceived for optimum adaptability, the open frame effortlessly creates different configurations and seamlessly integrates geometry and disorder, achieving the visual and functional balance required by any environment. It is ideal for large rooms or to create intimate spaces.

4. Propeller Blossom Duncan Meerding Studio

5. Fly Ruffillo

6. Manitoba Collection Atelier StĹ?bben

At 85cm in diameter, Propeller Blossom has a real presence as a feature light. At approx double the size of the original Propeller pendant, it is a showpiece in any space. Meshing organic and industrial shapes, these lights cast dramatic shadows through an eight-bladed floral-inspired form. A mix of hand-driven and computer-aided machines have been used in the construction.

Designed by Kevin Chu of COC Design, Fly is conceived by simply folding a piece of 8mm thick acrylic with LED illumination placed in the centre of the design. In suspended form, with its wing tips facing upwards or downwards, the design team envisioned the piece as a flock of birds, perhaps paper airplaces and even butterflies flying inside an infinite space.

This collection of three wall lamps is inspired by the shapes, pendulums and weights of Mennonite wall clocks. Exploring the connection of lighting to mental health and wellbeing, circadian lighting has been programmed to tell time as the light changes intensity and colour throughout the day. Made in Canada, using raw materials such as hardwood, brass, steel and glass.








7. AMA Rubertelli Design

8. BuzziDome BuzziSpace

9. OE Quasi by Olafur Eliasson & Louis Poulsen

AMA is formed of a double body of handblown glass, made entirely without the use of moulds or industrial processes. Every piece is bespoke and can be customised in size and colour. It can be set on its own, or in a group; perfect for the home as well as public spaces like bars and restaurants. AMA will soon be available in floor standing and table versions.

Featuring a foam-upholstered body that’s wide in diameter, BuzziDome’s concave design acts as an excellent diffuser of sound, evenly re-distributing undesired noise and reducing reverberation. Coupled with its high density of acoustic foam material which reduces extraneous sound through the principle of absorption, BuzziDome provides exceptional acoustic treatment in any space.

Composed of two contrasting geometric shapes nested inside each other, the outer layer, a rigid aluminium frame, is in the shape of an Icosahedron, while the inner layer, in the shape of a dodecahedron, seemingly floats inside, reflecting the light in a spherical light distribution. LEDs are embedded at the vertices of the aluminium icosahedron, directing the light towards the lamp’s core.

10. Les Inséparables RICH

11. Solar Chandelier Nea Studio

12. Moto-Flap (Kit-Interior) formalighting

Les Inséparables is a table lamp that can be simultaneously used for contemplative purposes and as a luminaire that alters the way one experiences space. Les Inséparables exists in two models – white and colourful light – and explores night effects, at the same time connoting the presence of a day object, blurring the distinction between time and space.

Solar is made from photovoltaic modules that power LEDs to illuminate organic translucent materials. Incorporating environmental technology while providing ambient lighting, the piece uses amorphous thin film panels, which perform better than the usual crystalline PV panels under cloudy conditions and reflect the surrounding views in their mirrored surfaces, depending on viewpoint.

Designed by award-winning architect Franco Mirenzi to resemble a truncated cone, this motorised circular wall sconce offers a diversified light beam, which adjusts in numerous directions. Controlled with the formalighting app, powered by Casambi, users can remotely open the Moto-Flap up to 90° to increase the light and angle the beam by rotating the fixture a full 360°.



Haara Mesta, New York, USA Lighting Design: Cameron Design House Cameron Design House created this 20m long Haara Metsa chandelier for the stairwell of an Upper East Side residence. Working closely with the client to create the perfect design for the space, the piece has since has been described as ‘the backbone of the house’. A direct descendant of the Haara, the Haara Metsa grew organically to form an ambitious chandelier. Designed to be hung vertically like a weeping willow branch, it is a unique, contemporary statement piece at any size. The cylindrical lanterns are assembled from hand-drawn glass and brushed antique bronze, concealing the lighting element and creating a distinctive and beautiful lighting diffuser to be admired whether the light is on or off.

Aroma, Maharashtra, India Lighting Design: Sogani Aroma becomes the centrepiece in the reception atrium (50ft high) of a leading spice manufacturing company in Maharashtra, India. Its design traces the journey of the process of cooking, ascribing to it a tangible, sculptural sense. The 35ft-tall light installation is suspended from the ceiling, representing beauty in its truest form — mirror finished stainless steel balls, almost glass-like in feel, and floating ‘aroma rings’ of light keep enlarging as they spiral up and spread out. Spices and herbs are depicted as vital determinants in the making of a culinary masterpiece, as they waft gracefully from the ‘vessel’ below, pervading the air with flavour and fulfilment.

Feelings, Greece Lighting Design: Eleftheria Deko & Associates Usually, a jewellery exhibition is displayed with very specific, traditional lighting. In this exhibition, the lighting designer proposed using light to create a very special and unique environment. The old warehouse turned Avant Garde art gallery created a high contrast between the space and the luxurious exhibits. This was emphasised by the metal installation on which the jewellery was exposed. A synthesis of bronze sculptures resembling water lilies became the cases that house the artifacts. The rough materials of the metal sculpture and the stonewalls of the venue created a unique impact on the exhibition.



Swell, Royal Caribbean Lighting Design: Dominic Harris Studio ‘Swell’ is a kinetic sculptural lighting artwork by Dominic Harris for Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship. Inspired by the beauty of the body of water surrounding the ship, it captures the fluidity of the ocean and marine life. The articulated form oscillates between smooth and calm ripples, then at times becoming more dramatic, as if a large wave is undulating through the piece. The lighting sculpture is an entirely bespoke design and fabrication. Comprising LED arcs held on supporting arms, engineered from bronzed carbon fibre, which reflect a dynamic form that constantly shape-shifts around a central ring, each independently controlled arc is finished with a Swarovski band of crystals and back-lit by animated lighting.

Mana, Manchester, UK Lighting Design: James Roberts Design & Brokis The brief was to create an informal 30-cover dining experience with an open front of house kitchen, serving a menu that showcases the best of UK produce - Mana; the elemental forces of nature embodied in an object or person. Awarded a Michelin Star, Mana transcends worlds, with guests stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia... Flowing eight-metre high curtains provide a veil from the outside world, their gentle movements swaying with passing life. The lighting design was central to the atmosphere, with the sculptural spectacle from Brokis, providing a decorative element, while also directing task lighting to each table top.

Mae Nam, Bangkok, Thailand Lighting Design: Haberdashery The Chao Phraya has long been the lifeblood of Bangkok; the waterway serving as a key route for both trade and transport, a source of food and an embodiment of spiritual energy. Mae Nam (Mother water) by Haberdashery explores these surfaces across a collection of over 100 gold, copper and silver contoured forms composed across more than 60-metres, opening out into a 30m high atrium whose glass faÇade faces the mighty river. Inspired by the delicate shapes and curves found in Thailand’s rich art and cultural history, these forms create patterns of light as you move around the sculpture, echoing the energy of the body of water that flows through the city.

Innovation Hub, Gaborone, Botswana Lighting Design: SHoP Architects & Luum Luum was commissioned by SHoP Architects, to develop a bespoke lighting sculpture for the Botswana Innovation Hub. Forming a central feature in the building’s lobby, the design measures five-metres wide by four-metres tall and is located in a steel-clad oculus that connects the first two floors. Comprised of 242 custom LED light modules, each one located at the node of a stainless steel net that is formed in the void between the lower floors, SHoP was keen to free the LEDs from visible power cables. Luum developed the lights to draw their power from the net, using the junctions to create a circuit that connects the modules together. Developed over a twelve-month period, over 30 prototypes were created before arriving at a design that functioned and delivered on the brief.

Situated in the Park Pavilion De Hoge Veluwe - the largest nature reserve in Netherlands - an important part of the pendant design was to bring the natural light and shadows as perceived in the forest into the building, thus enjoying the soothing feeling of nature a little longer. A shadow play of gentle 'wind through tree leaves' is simulated by nine chandeliers, supported by bird songs that echo in the space. This is an example of biophilic design, which reinforces contact between people and nature by incorporating elements of nature into the built environment. Each pendant includes 20 dimmable light sources. Video footage of light and shadows is used as a base for the algorithm that controls each light fixture.

Giant Fuschia, Democratic Republic of Congo Lighting Design: Willowlamp Designed by Adam Hoets, Giant Fuschia is an exquisite, sumptuous, massive four-metre diameter mixed metallic version of Willowlamp's ‘Fuschia’ design. Featuring smoke outer chains and gradating chain from brass to copper for the inner chain layering, it is illuminated by thirteen E27 LED warm white lamps in a spiral arrangement.


Biophilic Light Chandeliers, Netherlands Lighting Design: Beersnielsen



Weave Chandelier, Nungurner, Australia Dean Phillips Architectural Lighting The attractively considered and rendered residential design at Nungurner in East Gippsland, Australia, is set off by a feature chandelier co-designed by Dean Phillips and Aboriginal weaver and artist Freida Pettersson of Kakadu’s Murumburr clan. Working in close collaboration, a stunning and unique chandelier has been created featuring handmade shades using Pandanus leaves traditionally collected, treated and coloured with tree roots, berries and seeds. Made from inverted woven baskets, the light feature is uplit by antique bronze finished 240V ‘Chrome Dome’ lamps designed by Darkon. Mineral-insulated copper-clad cables were used for the unique suspension system, representing lightning strikes hitting the Arnhem Land escarpment in Kakadu.

The Inverted Forest, Larnaca, Cyprus Lighting Design: Archtube & Fluid Design The bespoke chandelier featured at QBlu Plaza shopping mall, was conceived by Archtube in collaboration with Fluid Design. Occupying 5sqm in two vast displays, the chandelier is comprised of pendant polished hardwood elements protruding downwards from the plane of the ceiling in five variable lengths from 0.3-metres to 1.1-metres. The display is comprised of groups of sixteen pendants, which are repeated. Among each group there is a single architectural downlight incorporated within the same diameter rod and same finish. Approximately 10% of the pendants are self-illuminated rods of light, specially created for the project by illumination Physics. There are 4,032 pendants in total descending out of a matte black sky.

The Southern Flame, Capetown, South Africa Lighting Design: Willowlamp Designed by Adam Hoets, The Southern Flame is a sculptural artwork based on a disrupted, melting crystalline geometry. Conceptualised as a ‘leak’ from a pure geometric dimension into our reality, these ‘leaks’ occur where surfaces like walls and ceilings meet - intended to evoke fire running up the wall. Furthermore, the idea of a chandelier being moved from the traditional centre of a room to a wall/ceiling cornice, questions the notion of what a chandelier is or can be. Instead of being an ‘object’ it starts to become one with its surroundings. The art-piece is 3.2m by 2.5m wall / ceiling mounted with 130 suspended G4 LED UFO lamps.

The Orb, London, UK Lighting Design: GIA Equation & Luum GIA Equation was commissioned to develop a bespoke illuminated art feature as the centrepiece of the Sky Lounge Observatory at Deloitte’s UK and North West Europe headquarters. The design intent was for a large-scale suspended feature, later named 'The Orb', to act as a beacon for the brand. GIA Equation worked with Luum to ensure that the optimum design solution was installed and commissioned on site. The Orb comprises 40no. curved light elements of logarithmic diameters, which together form a spherical volume with a maximum diameter of 1700mm. Individual light elements are fabricated in cast opal acrylic, fixed to a lightweight curved steel frame. Diffuse light is emitted from three sides of each curved element.

The concept of R Bar was to evoke a cosy hidden bar within the sprawling Crown complex and to evoke the feeling of a hidden high-end European Hotel lobby bar. The short turnaround time and having to utilise existing lighting points was a creative challenge but one that turned out for the best. The existing double-height ceiling is filled with bespoke pendants that imbue the space with a feeling of intimacy and is used to draw the eye through to the 'hidden areas' beyond. Existing downlights were replaced with narrow LED globes and aimed at the tables and artwork to provide focus and visual punctuation points. Backlighting for the seating and the bespoke decorative wall lights utilise the existing lighting points.

70 St Mary Axe, London, UK Lighting Design: Foundry 70 St Mary Axe’s distinctive, curvaceous form soars elegantly from the surrounding historic streets, with its curved glass and anodised, aluminium-finned elevation wrapped over the top of the structure. The brief was to create a visually stunning chandelier/ sculpture in the entrance of the building that would look like a piece of art and demand attention from the external environment - the challenge, however, was filling the immense seven-metre tall space. Foundry’s design team came up with several options but finally decided on a cloud-like configuration using Bocci’s 28 Series. As the building's intricate ceiling would not allow for the use of a traditional ceiling plate configuration, an integrated ceiling plate was developed featuring connections for the 250 individual pendants and taking the weight (approx. 500kg) of the chandelier.


R Bar, Melbourne, Australia Lighting Design: Glowing Structures



RH New York, New York, USA Lighting Design: Sean O'Connor Lighting This multi-level project with more than 8,000sqm of space required an unconventional approach to retail lighting: fewer light sources, moody rooms, and a sense of home within a massive space. Retail spaces are separated into residentialsized rooms, reducing scale. A conscious decision was made to pivot from a conventional retail lighting concept to allow the client’s decorative lighting to be featured and appear as the primary source of light. Dining spaces incorporate variable white LED fixtures bringing warmth to architectural surfaces. A custom narrow optic spotlight is integrated into the decorative pendants over each dining table, providing visual highlight.

Treasure Garden Tower, Taichung, Taiwan Lighting Design: Metis Lighting This iconic tower is part of the rapidly developing 7th District in Taichung, Taiwan, where architects Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel decided to introduce a landmark made of strong Italian design. The building accommodates highend residential units, together with several public spaces, in the ground floor and the first two levels. The crystal light ribbon from Lasvit, unreeled on the ceiling of the main lobby, completes the lavish atmosphere that receives the guests when entering the building. Integrating light in the architecture, from the large-scale to the millwork details in strong collaboration with the architect, created the best opportunity to elevate the original vision into a unique space, with sophisticated features and high comfort.

Zurich Innovation Centre, Switzerland Lighting Design: lightsphere Engage your senses – is the philosophy behind the new Zurich Innovation Centre of Givaudan. At reception, two plant pillars direct the view up into the, bright atrium. There are many examples of vertical greenery on interior walls, but the column shape is a new development for this project. This special shape requires a new approach to illuminating the plants. After testing the greening of the twelve-metre-tall ornamental plant columns under the most adverse conditions for around a year, with multiple LED spectra and plant types, lightsphere designed a bespoke luminaire following a biophilic approach, providing the right light spectrum for the plants to thrive healthily.

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Arion Four Seasons Astir Palace Athens, Greece Lighting Design: Lighting Design International The legendary Four Seasons Astir Palace in Athens recently underwent a complete overhaul. Located in the southern Athenian suburb of Vouliagmeni, the Astir Palace Resort opened in 1958 and evolved into a major city resort in the 60s. Arionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior is soft and fresh, and the lighting embraces a distinctly sophisticated atmosphere. The palette of finishes uses sandy hues while the lighting adopts a minimal approach with all elements integrated within both the joinery and architectural details of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s envelope. Low-glare and concealed architectural lighting discreetly illuminates, while decorative fixtures provide warmth at a more domestic scale.

Mama Shelter, London, UK Lighting Design: Inverse Lighting The challenge for Mama Shelter was to link the homey feeling of the hotel rooms with the crazy urban style of the public spaces. To achieve this, the designers used several floor and table lamps to decorate the dining area and create a cosy atmosphere, while spotlights hidden on the upper columns shelves uplight and brings to life the graffiti on the ceiling. On the ground floor, Darth Vader masks and arcade video games work together with the RGBW backlit DJ stage and accent lighting on hanging musical instruments to accentuate the quirkiness of the interior. With playfully designed F&B areas, intimate but joyful karaoke and meeting rooms, and a chilled outdoor terrace, Mama aims to both indulge and surprise.

Deloitte HQ, London, UK Lighting Design: GIA Equation The lighting design at Deloitte HQ successfully reinforces the intention to create an environment aimed at encouraging staff interaction. Lighting was specially designed for each space with appropriate task lighting and carefully integrated accent lighting for features such as planting, bespoke ceiling structures, furniture and joinery elements. The attention to detail is evident as integration with the interior design is seamless. Decorative luminaires have been skilfully adapted to be multi-functional both during the day and in the evening. In all areas, great consideration has been given to ensuring optimum visual adaptation and minimising excessive visual contrast between non-daylit and daylit spaces.

PLACES - LOW BUDGET ENTRIES Arcade Food Theatre, London, UK Lighting Design: Into Lighting Into lighting was briefed to provide a theatrical and layered lighting scheme within the venue which comprises a large ground floor area, and loft mezzanine space overlooking the ground floor and basement. The lighting was to enhance the listed building features, create drama and provide key focal points throughout the kitchen and bar areas. The lighting needed to aid the transformation from day to evening complementing the functionality of the space and creating a warm inviting atmosphere from both inside and outside. It was required that there be minimal fixings to the listed ceiling and where possible incorporating lighting into the existing fabric of the building.


Kym's, London, UK Lighting Design: Into Lighting Into was engaged as lighting consultant to work alongside interior designers Michaelis Boyd to realise the lighting concept for Chef Andrew Wong’s new restaurant in London. Located in the arcade of Bloomberg’s award-winning new European headquarters, the interior is a contemporary take on beautiful Asian design, transporting guests from the hustle and bustle of Central London’s streets into a sophisticated and harmonious space to enjoy the tastes of exquisite Chinese cuisine and cocktails. The lighting concept marries high theatre with integrated, layered soft lighting.

The Vessel, Abuko, Gambia Lighting Design: Dark Source The Vessel is a crowd-funded charity project focused on training 30 local electricians in Gambia about lighting design and solar energy to increase their employment potential. Following the technical training, the project was finalised with the practical installation of the solar power-based lighting scheme at a 24/7 accessible community library. The design consisted of multiple layers of light, with customdesigned pendant luminaires providing task lighting, spotlights for creating vertical emphasis and bespoke lanterns for flexibility. The hand-woven, biodegradable pendants were produced by a local artist in order to create a sense of character which is familiar to the local context and its users.



Fresh & Good Restaurant, Rio de Janiro, Brazil Lighting Design: LD Studio & Kelving LAB Fresh & Good is a multi-purpose space that combines grab&go, all day long café, bar and event venue at the heart of the Ipanema neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Together, LD Studio and Kelving LAB have developed a lighting system that can adjust and transform the space using lighting throughout the day and the seasons. The design and lighting concept were from LD Studio, while Kelving LAB addresses the intelligence and methodology to assure that the venue had the precise lighting at the specific time. Nine atmospheres have been settled from breakfast, until dinner time.

Lennon’s, Bangkok, Thailand Lighting Design: Be Lit Lennon’s is a rooftop speakeasy bar on 30th Floor of The Rosewood Bangkok. The bar has it’s own three sets of lift cars and entrance hall. The main bar can be accessed from the hidden doors on both sides of the entrance hall. In transition, there is a whisky library illuminated by linear LEDs downward in the front and upward on the back. In the centre of the main bar, the modern Art Deco style long bar, with a specialy designed chandelier takes the lead in the high ceiling, narrow room. G4 base, 2700K LED lamps are used in 95 diffused globes, together with double layers of diffused colour correction filters - applied to achieve a warmer and dimmer light ambiance.

Tivoli, Bath, UK Lighting Design: Elektra Lighting & Run For The Hills Tivoli is a completely new and unique concept in cinemas that sits very far from the multiplex style cinemas. The lighting concept focused on bringing back the glamour of cinema, as such a multistranded approach was developed. Firstly, a warm soft ambiance was created - close to a candlelit environment. Mostly 2,200K was used around all joinery and detailed lighting, while keeping accent lighting as 2,700K, with high CRI. Lighting was also used to complement the interior design, where classic elegance is mixed with touches of modern design and quirkiness. Focused on detailing joinery, selecting the most suitable lamps for all decorative fittings and highlighting areas of interest such as the bar.

Ocio Cocina Autรณctona, Bogotรก, Colombia Lighting Design: ClaroOscuro The design brief for Ocio Cocina Autรณctona aimed for a directindirect illumination to give shape to a cosier atmosphere of the space - the lighting concept went hand-in-hand with a proposal for a densification of the existing wooden ceiling grids. After testing and revising several options for the luminaires utilising re-used objects like food bowls and bottle packages, the designers decided on a suspended cylinder working with a focused light source downwards for the table and an indirect light to enhance the future design of the ceiling panels. The final prototype was made of a 53cm long suspended cardboard tube with a dimmable 120VAC LED and a dimmable GU10 LED lamp retained by a perforated cap closing its bottom end.


Private Residence, Jaffa, Israel Orly Avron Alkabes, Israel A listed building in Ancient Jaffa recently underwent a massive renovation to become a family home. The architects wished to preserve the historical values and add a modern twist. The lighting became part of the journey with a custommade system, suspended continuously, lighting only where needed and changing height according to the vaulted ceilings and to allow constant views of the sea. Decorative lighting from David Weeks Studio was delicately added for an additional touch of warmth and to convey the character of the clients.

designer focus Helen Ankers recently caught up with Dutch designer Renée Joosten - discovering that there's always a good argument for a collaborative design process.



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enée Joosten has been part of the team at US-based ICRAVE, for the past eight years – overseeing the design studio’s in-house lighting department ‘LICHT’. Working closely with the interior design teams at the studio - from concept through to implementation - Joosten focuses on creating cohesive designs where lighting, finishes and spatial parameters play off each other. Originally from the Netherlands, where she studied Interior Design at the Royal Art Academy in the Hague, Joosten has always had a great interest in creating experiences that make an impact – not only within spatial relations, but also on a smaller scale, such as industrial and furniture design. Having received her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, Joosten then began working on residential and commercial projects in the Netherlands, before heading to New York to study the Master’s program of Architectural Lighting at Parsons, the New School. “Another interest of mine is archaeology… however, when it was time to choose a career, I felt that being able to create new spaces, instead of trying to recreate, would be more fulfilling in the long run,” she tells darc. “During my studies I became especially interested in lighting and how it can impact the built experience. However, at the time, there was little time spent during the curriculum on architectural or decorative lighting, which I have always felt as an amiss, not having the tools for such a critical ‘building component’. “For my final thesis in industrial design, I designed and built a light fixture made of just three materials: wood, fabric and the light source. I used a wood trunk, which I then sliced and routed out the middle in

order to house a fluorescent lamp. Each slice had holes drilled out to allow fabric to be woven through, with knots in between the slices to create gaps / opportunities for the light to bleed out. This created a soft light, bringing out the richness of the wood, while controlling the glare of the fluorescent. “When I began working as an interior designer it became even more apparent to me that lighting can make or break a space. I knew that in order to become a well-rounded interior designer, I needed to gain a more profound knowledge of lighting. “Lighting is a powerful tool to tell the story of the concept and the space and a lighting product should reflect this. The quality of the lighting product is determined by the right colour temperature, CRI, optics and dimming capabilities – these are key. Flickering lights, cold CCT and unflattering shadows on faces, will diminish any great restaurant design concept.” For Joosten, when it comes to lighting design, first and foremost, it is essential to gain a deep understanding of the key elements in a project and then determine what the goals are in regard to mood, experience, budget and so on, in order to provide appropriate and tailored solutions. “My philosophy is to provide holistic lighting solutions that tell the story of the concept and merge architectural, interior and lighting design, with the user as the key figure,” she tells darc. “I try to bring a more collaborative approach between the disciplines, where lighting is thought out from the beginning and not an afterthought once the design has been completed. In the US, it’s very common to have multiple consultants - each with their own speciality - join the design team. The lighting consultant often comes on-board quite late

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in the process, when the design has already been advanced beyond concept. I have always felt this is a missed opportunity as it doesn’t allow for true design collaboration to create cohesive designs where lighting and interior design elevate the overall experience together. “At LICHT, we always participate in the design process, providing not only technical knowledge but also creative lighting input early on. In addition, I think it is critical that interior and architectural designers have a basic understanding of lighting and vice versa to ensure the design and design process is optimised with a shared knowledge.” In order to share LICHT’s lighting knowledge with the interior designers at ICRAVE, Joosten holds lighting townhalls, where the team will present the latest developments in lighting, as well as carrying out show-and-tells using light fixtures with different CCT, optics and CRI. “For the past few years I have also taught at the Integrated Studio at Parsons, where interior design students and lighting design students collaborate on the same project,” she says. “I think these kind of programs are critical to bridge the gap between the different disciplines.” ICRAVE, together with LICHT, is best-known for creating immersive hospitality environments, such as Page – a restaurant at Terminal A, Ronald Reagan Washington Airport, where the team designed a sculptural restaurant, up-lighting the beautiful historic ceiling. “This seemingly straightforward approach required multiple mockups on site, in-house light studies and close collaboration with the manufacturer to customise the fixtures,” Joosten says. “Each spoon has six one-foot fixtures, with varying colour temperatures and optics, aimed at different angles to ensure light would graze far across the

ceiling without creating hotspots. “The varying colour temperatures play off the abundance of daylight in the terminal. We won a Lumen award for this project, which was a highly valued recognition of our work.” In terms of her ‘design style’, Joosten tells darc, that as a studio – foremost, they are focused on understanding the client and approaching every project from multiple viewpoints in order to provide design solutions for problems the client themselves might not have been aware of. “Because of our in-depth analysis and strategic design approach, we are able to transition from different sectors, ranging from restaurants, food halls, cruises and healthcare with great success. Our solutions are never ‘cookie-cutter’, which makes our work dynamic and creatively challenging. “Designing (darc awards winner) Celon, a dramatically lit lounge in the basement of a NYC hotel, versus designing a busy Spanish food hall in Hudson Yards, to in-patient rooms for Memorial Sloan Kettering, all have their own requirements. Understanding them and translating them into successful lighting solutions is extremely rewarding.” For Joosten, overall, there is a growing awareness within the design industry of the possibilities of using light to make unique statements. “Many manufacturers are now offering modular systems to allow the designer to come up with original designs,” she says. “The ongoing development of LEDs has provided a great opportunity to integrate these small factors into new shapes that were not previously possible. “As well as this, the function of light has expanded; fixtures are no longer just for lighting, they can be smart, they can be acoustic and so


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on… The lines separating one speciality from another continue to blur.” And when it comes to the relationship between architectural and decorative lighting, for Joosten, there is no question the two should go hand-in-hand, working to “elevate each other”. “It is important to have layers of light to create a sense of space, while bringing out spatial three-dimensionality and visual interest,” she says. “Pending the project, the balance between the two varies - also, architectural fixtures can be used for decorative lighting and vice versa. “Architectural lighting can create the envelope in which the decorative lighting fixtures take the stage and create a different layer of scale and a feeling of luxury. Decorative lighting above all, is a great tool to capture the concept of the design and can also be used as a branding opportunity. For Juniors at Times Square, we designed glowing custom wedge pendants of red perforated metal inspired by the graphic line pattern of their famous packaging. In addition, we discreetly placed spotlights to highlight the tables and create drama.” Looking ahead, for Joosten, she sees a future that includes continued advancement of LEDs, such as the integration with other building components, controls customisation, and (hopefully), standardisation. “Initially, when I joined ICRAVE to build the in-house lighting department, all of our lighting projects were in collaboration with the ICRAVE interior teams,” Joosten says. “Over the years, we have expanded our portfolio by working with other interior and architectural firms. My goal is to continue building these relationships and grow awareness for LICHT as an independent lighting collaborative… After all, in the dynamic world of lighting, you have to keep evolving!” www.icrave.com

ICRAVE, together with LICHT, is best known for creating immersive hospitality environments. For Renee Joosten when working on a project, it is important to have layers of light to create a sense of space while bringing out spatial three-dimensionality and visual interest. Pending the project, the balance between architectural and decorative lighting varies, with architectural fixtures sometimes used for decorative lighting and vice versa. Architectural lighting can create the envelope in which the decorative lighting fixtures take the stage and create a different layer of scale and a feeling of luxury. Decorative lighting above all, is a great tool to capture the concept of the design and can also be used as a branding opportunity.

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Maison & Objet Product Review


6-10 September 2019, Paris







1. Lamp Empire Bronze Abhika

2. Fly Lamp COC Design

3. Swirl Clock Emspec

This chandelier is composed of 42 lights, mounted on a bronze structure with glass pendants. The chandelier was exhibited at the entrance of Abhika's stand in the Zebra Room. The pieces are inspired by the style of the 1920s, and are available in black, silver, grey or gold structures. www.abhika.net

Fly Lamp is inspired by the airborne. It was conceived by folding an 8mm thick acrylic with LED illumination placed in the centre of the design, the glow is created through indirect illumination. With its modular system, it can be bought either as a single piece or as collective clusters of flying objects. www.coc.design

Swirl Clock is a new type of floor-standing clock with a classical spiral design. The current time is displayed with twelve light balls in different colour temperatures and relative positions. Performing an hourly light show, the spiral beam drags out an infinitely extending light-trail; creating a sense of beauty and harmony for indoor spaces. www.emspec.design

4. Mooon! Lamp Fermob

5. Skylight Lamp Frederik Roijé

6. Kelopak Gong

The Mooon! lamp is for indoor and outdoor use, and projects a halo of light with three different heights. With on-board Bluetooth technology, using the Fermob lighting application, the Mooon! can be switched on or off with its touch button or your mobile phone. The lamps can be recharged from a base giving a battery life of twelve hours. www.fermob.com

Inspired by the skyscrapers that illuminate the horizon by night, Frederik Roijé has designed the pendant lamp Skylight. Create your own skyline with the different Skylight towers. Skylight is manufactured out of powder-coated steel, available in multiple colours, and designed and made in the Netherlands. www.roije.com

Awarded 'Best Lighting' by Design Anthology Magazine, Hong Kong, the LED Kelopak lamp is 120cm in diameter, and is the largest one-piece product that Gong can create using a zipper technique. Inspiration is drawn from paper lanterns and the designer’s Chino-Indonesian heritage - all bespoke and handmade, according to artisanal tradition. www.gong.co.uk








7. Carlson Labryinthe Interiors

8. Bordeaux Lantern Lum’art

9. Delumina Olive Lab

The chandelier Carlson is a sculptural light and is distinguished by an elegant fluted and asymmetric rim from which the glass pendants hang. It is mainly made of metal and is gilded with gold leaves. This fixture is entirely handmade and will fit in classic as well as contemporary households. www.labyrinthe-interiors.com

Loosely inspired by urban lanterns of the 19th Century, the Bordeaux collection is available in brass or zinc. The Bordeaux Collection embellishes different architectural styles, as well as the diversity of sizes, hooks, and available finishes, allowing for versatility in whatever required context. www.lumart.fr

Delumina is inspired by playing with physics: by rotating one of the two disks, it is possible to adjust the amount of light that it emits, from maximum brightness to total darkness. When the light does not pass through the disk, however, it is reflected and diffused onto the opposite side of the lamp, creating a soft light effect. www.olivelab.it

10. Bloom SkLO

11. Mr. Tubes Tonone

12. L'Abre Adjao Maison

Consisting of an organic composition of individual glass bubbles, Bloom is constructed whilst hot on the glassblower’s pipe. The colour palette is blue, consisting of smoke colours in transparent glass. Available in three sizes, and sanded to produce a flat surface, the Bloom lies flat against the wall and is amenable to most hardware. www.sklo.com

Mr. Tubes combines functionality with aesthetics. The steel construction holds two or four Philips 30W/827 fluorescent tubes; a straightforward, industrial design suitable for various locations. The lamp is dimmable, and the adjustable steel cables make it possible to hang the lamp at any height. A vertical or horizontal version are available. www.tonone.com

The L’Abre tree lamp sculpture from Adjao Maison can be used both indoors and externally (with special electrical fittings). Giving a second life to trees uprooted by storms, each piece is unique thanks to the nature of the wood. These designer floor lamps are available in solid beech, oak or driftwood. www.adjao.com



Sleep + Eat Preview 19-20 November, London, UK







1. Ensemble Elstead Lighting

2. Gamma LEDS C4

3. Twist Faro Barcelona

Elstead Lighting will present Ensemble by Hinkley Lighting. This strong and striking geometric form clusters together five open cages to give layers of sleek edges. A linear six light chandelier and a wall light/single drop pendant are also available in this range with either a polished nickel or brushed brass finish. www.elsteadlighting.com

The Gamma table light is a modern contemporary design by Josep Patsí with a white, black, nickel or gold finish. The Gamma has a fully adjustable LED arm that produces 175 lumens of warm white light across a 25º beam angle. An elegant lighting solution for the home or hospitality sector. www.leds-c4.com

Twist is an outdoor lighting series from Faro Barcelona, designed by Estudi Ribaudi. This beacon lamp has a framed body that plays with light and shadown, perfect for lighitng terraces or gardens. www.faro.es

4. Brass Baulmann

5. Paris Chelsom

6. Ambiflex ELG Solutions

Baulmann, the German lighting manufacturer, will present a new range of LED reading lights and decorative wall, table and floor lights at this year's event. Created using mouthblown glass, the lamps’ glass features a dimple-like effect. www.baulmann.com

The Paris wall light makes use of a mouthblown clear glass globe light source with internal LED filament lamp, which screws down onto a faux marble backplate. The globe is encased in a polished brass tubular box frame. www.chelsom.co.uk

ELG Lighting Solutions launches Ambiflex LED Spiralia series, available with either the signature flexible Spiralia filament or the elegant Lacewing filament. With a lamp life of 15,000 hours, the Ambiflex lamp comes in clear, smokey and golden glass finishes. www.elg-solutions.com

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Interior Design Show 2020 16-19 January 2020, Toronto






1. Trikaya Unalome

2. Blur Yellow Goat Design

3. SoftZone Axis Lighting

An unusual combination of metals, a glossy finished brass shade with a traditional matte mahogany base. The unique mix of materials gives a soft ambient light that looks stunning in various spaces. Metal and wood construction, this mahogany and brass accent table lamp dresses any console, end table or dining table 30x30x80-inches. www.unalomeinterior.com

Like the candle light flickering in the dark, the Blur pendant from the Ombre Experiment collection features soft gradation of digitally printed acrylic blades that resembles the candle lights dancing with the wind and igniting the lucid. This pendant can be customised for size and colour. www.yellowgoatdesign.com

SoftZone provides unparalleled design flexibility for creating architectural pendant lighting with effective sound attenuation properties. It features a modular approach that lets you vary the quantity of panels required to achieve the desired level of sound absorption. Available luminaires: Stencil SoftZone and Sculpt SoftZone. www.axislighting.com

4. Tonarella Eglo Lighting

5. Saltwood Century Industries

6. Artiste Currey & Company

The Tonarella pendant combines the latest LED technology with versatility. Its three rings in matte black finish can be easily customised to different heights and angles making it the perfect piece for both commercial and residential applications. Complementary pieces are available in four additional sizes and configurations. www.eglo.com

Inspired by a vintage salt-box, designed by Farouki Farouki from New Orleans, this collaboration helped bring to light a unique chandelier made of solid oak wood. The lamping is twelve medium based sockets for T14 LED lamps. The overall body dimension is 43-inches in height and 25-inches wide. www.centuryamadeus.com

The Ariste chandelier is a powerful composition made of simple wrought ironpanels. It’s how these sheets of metal, which have been treated to a silver leaf finish, are arranged that bring the silver chandelier its edgy style, the bottom of the creation fitted with an opaque acrylic diffuser that will soften the flow of the three-light fixture. www.curreyandcompany.com



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



10 – 11 November 2019 (www.bdny.com)



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

4 – 8 February 2020 (wwwstockholmfurniturelightfair.se))



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

11 - 13 February 2020 (www.surfacedesignshow.com)



19 – 20 November 2019 (www.restaurantanddesignshow.co.uk)

11 - 14 March 2020 (www.designshanghai.com)



5 December 2019 (www.darcawards.com)

8 - 13 March 2020 (www.lightbuilding.de)



8 – 12 January 2020 (dallasmarketcenter.com/lightovation)

29 – 30 April 2020 (www.retaildesignexpo.com)



17 – 21 January 2020 (www.maison-objet.com)

5 - 7 May 2020 (www.hdexpo.com)



16 – 19 January 2020 (www.toronto.interiordesignshow.com)

17 – 20 May 2020 (www.icff.com)





29 – 30 January 2020 (www.architect-at-work.co.uk)

17-20 May 2020 (www.wanteddesignnyc.com)



3 - 5 February 202 (www.index-saudi.com)

19 - 21 May 2020 (www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com)


AD INDEX Almalight......................................................................... 5

[d]arc awards . . ........................................................... IBC

Light+Building.. ......................................................... 115

ANDlight.. ..................................................................... 69

David Trubridge . . ........................................................ 37

Light Point . . .................................................................. 43

Archilume..................................................................... 67

Downtown Design..................................................... 87

Lightovation.. ............................................................... 61

Architect@work.. ........................................................ 93

Edison & Mansfield. . ................................................ 105

Linea Light Group...................................................... 43

Artemide. . ..................................................................... 23

Elstead Lighting. . ...................................................... 101

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

Astro Lighting............................................................. 15

formalighting. . ............................................................. 27

Original BTC. . .............................................................. 31

Atelier Stobben.. ......................................................... 79

Hollands Licht........................................................... 107

Rich Brilliant Willing................................................. 75

Baranska Design. . ....................................................... 41

Hollis + Morris............................................................ 73

Secto Design.. ............................................................ IFC

Barrisol......................................................................... 47

Hubbardton Forge..................................................... 71

Seed Design USA. . ............................................... 58 59

BDNY.. ........................................................................... 52

Innermost. . ................................................................... 98

Sleep+Eat................................................................... 110

Cameron Design House.. .......................................... 19

Interior Design Show Toronto................................ 57

Tekna............................................................................. 49

Cerno.. ........................................................................... 63

Karboxx. . ....................................................................... 17

VISO.. .............................................................................BC

CP Lighting.................................................................. 77

Karice............................................................................ 65

Weplight....................................................................... 35

8. – 13. 3. 2020 Frankfurt am Main


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In Focus


Kuulto by Seppo Koho Secto Design

How did your collaboration with Secto Design happen? I met the founder of Secto Design, Tuula JusĂŠlius, when I was still a student at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. The university organised a match-making event for young designers and companies. After meeting and discussing with Tuula at the event I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sit still: I was full of ideas and just drew and drew all the following evening. In the morning I called her and presented my ideas. She was convinced and the deal was sealed! The first assignment I got from Secto was a furniture collection. When the clients wanted to have lights that would suit the furniture line, Tuula gave me another assignment and I designed the first Secto pendant. That was how the Secto Design lighting collection was born. What is the concept behind Kuulto? Before the Kuulto lamp there were various pendant, table, wall and floor lamps in the Secto Design collection. The customers kept asking if we could also make a ceiling lamp, one that would suit halls and lobbies, so there was clearly a gap in the market. How long have you been working on the product for? Two years in total - the Kuulto lamp took a year to get from idea to prototype, which was introduced in 2016. After the prototype phase, it was very challenging to find the best technical process for the series production. The Kuulto lamp's bent joints are very challenging, as every angle in every joint is different. It demands precision and dexterity. The Kuulto ceiling lamp is made of form-pressed birch slats, white painted steel casing and acrylic glass. Despite the other materials necessary for the technical parts, the Finnish birch remains the protagonist. Joining the slats together demands dozens of stages, specialist methods and tools developed and built in the Secto Design factory. However, the secret is in the expertise of the carpenters and their attention to detail. Could you describe the design process? My process starts with pencil and paper. Then, I make more detailed 1:1 drawings on the computer, and finally a prototype in my own protoshop. Handcrafting is very important for me. It is fascinating to feel the material and create something new with your own hands What makes Kuulto different to other lighting products available? The Kuulto ceiling lamp stands out for three reasons: first, its round design looks different at every angle. Secondly, birch was not commonly used for ceiling lamps before Kuulto. Thirdly, the Kuulto lamp is versatile: it can be used on the wall and the ceiling. The light source is dimmable, and a bright Kuulto gives a totally different atmosphere than a dimmed one. I aim to make lamps that give a harmonious light, without the blinding light that you get from a light source. I regard the lamps like cosy houses on a dark evening, viewed from the outside-in. And it makes me happy that my lamps have become timeless classics that are passed from one generation to another. How would you describe Kuulto in three words? Purity of line.

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