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Welcome We’re back following a winter break (a little more literally than I’d like, as those who witnessed my recent slung-armed stylings will atest) with a rich selection of decorative lighting products and projects, designed, as ever, to inject a bit of creative inspiration into your interior architectural schemes. Following on the back of our glass special last year, this issue we turn our attention to the use of porcelain in decorative lighting. Aside from its intrinsic, classic aesthetic, the true power of porcelain is in the warmth it provides when illuminated. As our porcelain gallery demonstrates, artists and product designers have found its suprising versatility a starting point for the creation of a huge variety of decorative forms. The March-April period sees the return of two behemoths of the lighting and design calendar: Light + Building and Salone del Mobile respectively. If you didn’t get a chance to catch darc earlier this year in Tokyo, Stockholm or Paris (see the On Show section for our summary of those shows), be sure to seek us out in Frankfurt and Milan. Bis bald /a presto! - Pete Brewis • darc Editor

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A MODERN HERITAGE A mix of traditional and modern skills were adopted in the creation of a bespoke lighting scheme for the restaurant and bar at the new luxury hotel, Rosewood London. Rosewood London opened late last year becoming the first European presence for the ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotels & Resorts group. Located in Holborn, where the bustling areas of the City and West End meet, the hotel is the result of a sensitive transformation of the 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque building that was previously known as Chancery Court. Designed by H. Percy Monckton, the original structure was completed in 1914 and has, in the years since, undergone four subsequent expansions, completed durings its half century as the headquarters for the Pearl Assurance Company. The most recent transformation of this historic building from Imperial-era offices into a London luxury hotel was carried out under the guidance of English Heritage, which lists the principal facades, as well as the interiors of the former East and West Banking Halls (now Holborn Dining Room

and the Bar, respectively) and the Grand Staircase as the hotel’s significant heritage features. The guiding philosophy of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is to design each property so that it reflects the history, culture and sensibilities of a particular location. At Rosewood London this meant that when it came to interior design and lighting for the most prominent public areas, the bar and restaurant at the front of the hotel, it was essential to select a company that would be sensitive to the building’s history and culture as well as its technical requirements. For the bar area, dubbed Scarfes Bar, Martin Brudnizki Design transformed the space into a warm and vibrant environment taking inspiration from the atmosphere of a drawing room and the sophistication of a gentleman’s club. Optimising the building’s heritage, original architectural features were retained to ensure the space had a

strong sense of history. Throughout the bar, vintage furnishings were mixed with custom designed pieces, allowing guests to continually discover new elements of the design. The lighting was produced by London-based, bespoke lighting specialists Dernier & Hamlyn, a company whose own history spans back to 1888. A series of two metre high globe lamps were produced, each hand finished with a patina paint effect to mimic weathered brass. These were actually created using a variety of materials with aluminium dominating to ensure that they were within the specified weight limits. The largest of these chandeliers provides an eye-catching feature for the space and is complemented by smaller versions, located in other areas of the room. Along the bar are lamps formed from solid brass and finished in a hand bronze by the Dernier & Hamlyn team. The glass was


Opposite and above: A series of two metre high globe lamps were produced for Scarfes Bar by Dernier & Hamlyn. Hand finished with a patina paint effect to mimic weathered brass, the globes are actually constructed from a mix of materials, inluding aluminium, in order to meet the ceiling’s load-bearing restrictions. Along the bar are lamps formed from solid brass and finished in a hand bronze are fitted with opal glass.



PROJECT DETAILS Rosewood London, High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN Client: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts group Interior Design: Martin Brudnizki Design Bespoke Lighting Manufacturer: Dernier & Hamlyn

Holborn Dining Room resides in the space formerly used as the Pearl Assurance company’s East Banking Hall. The blackened steel, oval frames that support the lighting were constructed using a mix of laser cutting and hand crafting. LED emergency lighting is discreetly fitted to the cross section bars.

hand blown in opal glass with a thin metal framework again made in brass and finished to match. The bar is already becoming one of the most exciting places to drink in London and the recently opened Holborn Dining Room is set to achieve the same on the eating front. Again this space was designed by Martin Brudnizki Design with lighting from Dernier & Hamlyn. Formerly the East Banking Hall of Pearl Assurance it is a smart, bustling brasserie with a menu of simple yet sophisticated British dishes. The lighting here emulates that same simple yet sophisticated effect. Blackened steel oval frames some seven metres long are given the required support by sub frames

and required mixed construction methods that incorporated both laser cutting and making sections by hand. These chandeliers also accommodate LED emergency lighting discreetly fitted to the cross section bars in order not to detract from the intended visual impact. The requirement for the main lighting was large 120mm globe lamps. LED was requested, but despite a global search the team found no options that could supply the quality, light colour and visual appearance that was required. Instead the LED lamps had to be custom made. This was a lengthy process that needed detailed and protracted discussions between the interior designers, the lighting manufacturers and the lamp

production company, Heritage Lighting, to develop lamps that met all technical and aesthetic requirements. But as Garrow Seal of Martin Brudnizki explains, the finished effect was well worth the effort. “We have worked with Dernier & Hamlyn on many projects and continue to select them whenever we want the best quality bespoke lighting for high end hospitality clients,” he says. “Their range of manufacturing skills and focus on producing the best possible solutions to our design briefs was evidenced yet again for Rosewood London’s lighting and both we and the client are delighted with the results.”

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PRIMA BALLERINA The Gallery HBA’s scheme for new Italian restaurant Il Lago Dei Cigni weaves together Russian folklore with the story of Swan Lake, aided by the lighting expertise of MBLD. Krestovsky Island sits at the heart of St Petersburg, just one of several urban islets formed by the tangle of distributaries at the mouth of the Neva River. Its long-held role as a playground for Petersburgtsy and its emerging status as one of the city’s most desirable suburbs made it the ideal location for Il Lago dei Cigni, the new restaurant from the owners of Buddha Bar St. Petersburg. The venue lies within a wooden space at the tip of the island. Situated, appropriately enough, on the shores of Lake Lebiazhie and next to the ‘Swan House’, a shelter for the island’s birdlife, it boasts floor-to-ceiling windows which look out across the water. Gallery HBA - a studio within HBA London that is dedicated to high-concept bespoke interior design - was asked to create an interior scheme that would weave together

this lakeside setting with elements of Russian folklore as well as Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, the ballet from which the restaurant takes its name. Gallery HBA worked alongside lighting design practice MBLD to ensure the finished installation achieved the right aesthetic. “There were atmospheric lighting effects we wanted to achieve, especially at night, so working with a lighting designer helped ensure we could bring the vision we imagined into reality,” explains Inge Moore, Principal and Creative Director of The Gallery HBA. A key example of this collaboration is found in the main dining area where a central column and chandelier combine to form a stylised ‘maypole’ feature. A pillar clad in clefts of natural selenite rock crystal disappears into the circular backlit soffit

Above: a linear array of glass globes by Czech specialist Preciosa, runs above the bar in Il Lago Dei Cigni. Opposite: In the main dining area, the trunk of the selenite-clad ‘maypole’ disappears into a round ceiling cove backlit with LEDs. Above the ‘ribbons’ of the maypole, which hang from the ceiling, are tiny downlights strategically placed to illuminate the crystals, dispersing glints of light across the room.


All photography: Š Eric Laignelil



in the ceiling, and ‘ribbons’ of crystals interspersed with geometric copper wire talismans cascade from the round ceiling canopy. Following advice from MBLD, these are illuminated by 2700K LED downlights from UK manufacturer Light Graphix. The Gallery’s design concept for Il Lago Dei Cigni also references Peter the Great’s vision for his new capital, St. Petersburg. During his rule, the tsar transformed the city into a ‘Venice of the North’, investing in palaces, engineering and shipbuilding to create a glittering attraction for European architects, scientists and thinkers. This spirit of intellectual pursuit has been interpreted in the introduction of timber

cabinets displaying an array of curiosities, as if scientific specimens meant for inspection. Bespoke art fixtures have been crafted from magnifying glasses placed in front of wine bottle labels, glass domes exhibit mounted beetles or butterflies, and bundles of timeworn French manuscripts have been bound together with string into parcels. Set amongst this eclectic collection are candle-effect lamps, selenite shades containing light sources created by Mike Stoane Lighting. Tucked away behind sliding timber doors, Il Lago de Cigni’s private dining space is a cosy haven illuminated by a glass chandelier piece from Czech manufacturer Preciosa.

Top: Antiqued mirror walls line Il Lago de Cigni’s private dining room. A second Preciosa glass chandelier illuminates the space. The Gallery worked with the manufacturer to produce the perfect tint and size of globe for the scheme.




Top left: Full height windows look out over Lake Lebiazhie, a small body of water located in a wooden area at the tip of Krestovsky Island. Top right and above: The collection of curiosities on the surrounding shelves are interspersed with candle-effect lights from Mike Stoane Lighting.

This echoes a linear version of the piece installed above the bar. Both comprise semi-bespoke, tinted glass globes. Though similar to a standard offering from the Preciosa range, The Gallery worked with the manufacturer to develop the clusters’ colourations; individual sphere sizes, quantities and configurations; and the lengths of their mounting trays. In addition, The Gallery consulted with MBLD about any technical modifications required in the wattage, voltage, lamping and placement – in this case, 10 watt tungsten halogen sources from Osram were used. As MBLD Managing Director Rob Honeywill notes, proper consideration of the lighting was essential in delivering a satisfactory

finish. “The intensity and colour rendition of the lighting enhances the core narrative of the interiors by helping create the mood and atmospheric effects desired by The Gallery,” he says. “MBLD recommended lighting specifications that would embellish the furnishings and design elements such as the maypole, amplifying their prominence within the overall design. The vibe at Il Lago dei Cigni shifts throughout the day due to the lighting levels. During the afternoon, the abundant sunlight creates an airy, natural feel, even when it is fainter on wintery days. As the sun goes down, the interior lighting brings warmth, drama and sparkle to the ambience.”

PROJECT DETAILS Il Lago Dei Cigni, Krestovsky prospect, St Petersburg, Russia Interior Architect: The Gallery HBA Lighting Design: MBLD

LIGHTING SPECIFIED Preciosa tinted glass pendant chandeliers (created to The Gallery HBA’s specificiations), Mike Stoane Lighting candle effect lighting Lightgraphix downlights for maypole feature



All photography: Alastair Lever

FEEDING TIME SHH Architects used giant Artemide pendants to complement London Zoo’s latest enclosure a flagship restaurant space fit for both special events and daily diners. As part of a £4.6m project to upgrade catering facilities at London Zoo, SHH Architects were asked to design a new flagship hospitality space capable of serving an ever expanding number of daily visitors. Their solution was a complete remodelling of the 1920s Regent Building, replacing its old 1960s extension with a modern, tiered structure. This new addition increases the the available space by almost 1,000 square metres, with a new six metre high, double-height space at the front, with new stairs up to an expanded mezzanine level, as well as a generous new mezzanine terrace deck and a smaller first floor terrace directly above the original space. SHH took the building back to its original structure, revealing three of the original five arched windows, which now link the new extension to the original ground floor space as a dynamic connecting feature, visible from the building’s exterior. The new building is clean, raw and urban in glass, timber, exposed brick and steelwork columns, with a striking ribbed deck ceiling in the double-height extension. This is punctuated by huge-scale Artemide NUR pendants hung in two rows over the double-height spaces. As SHH Associate Director Brendan Heath

explains, these giant pendants were chosen for their range of functional and aesthetic qualities. “Aesthetically, we needed a pendant fitting of a significant size, in order for it not to get lost in the huge volume of the space. With a diameter of 900mm, the NUR 1618 was perfect,” he says. “We also wanted a simple shape with a defined presence, so that the fitting could hold its own against a lot of other visual distractions. Finally, we were looking for a fitting in a material that would be sympathetic to the rawness of the architecture. “On the functional side, the NUR provides a good distribution of light downwards with a degree of light upwards. So effectively one fitting that could do two jobs. There was the added advantage that it’s the one light we could find at this scale that could be simply and cost effectively converted into an emergency light fitting.” With its fresh design and increased capacity (700 covers, making it one of the UK’s largest day-visitor restaurants) the refurbished restaurant can now be used to host a range of events, as well as better serving the vast numbers who visit the Zoo each day.

As part of SHH Architects’ new design for The Terrace Restaurant, the old 1960s extention was replaced with a modern double height space. Artemide NUR pendants help define the volume both here and inside the original 1920s building. award-winning lighting and interiors



THE RIPPLE EFFECT Jason Bruges Studio used LED light sources and water-filled lenses to create a series of dynamic chandelier sculptures for a new showroom space in Chelsea. When bathroom design specialist C.P. Hart embarked on the creation of a new Chelsea showroom, they were keen to adopt a fresh approach. The in-house design team worked in partnership with retail design consultancy i-am Associates to create a space that embraces technology to deliver a dynamic, high-end experience for the Chelsea design community. Key to the completed scheme is a series of bespoke water-and-light sculptures by Jason Bruges. Comprised of clear, water-filled glass hemisphere lenses hanging from the ceiling and a hidden system of computer-controlled LEDs and fans, the sculptures magnify and refract ripples of light across the ceiling. Since its inception in 2002, London-based Jason Bruges Studio has earned a reputation for delivering left-field installations that engage and intrigue. “We’re a studio that crosses the boundaries of art, architecture

and interaction design,” Bruges explains. “For the C.P. Hart Chelsea project we have suspended a series of water pixels from the ceiling, which have been choreographed to animate and create auroras of light around the sculpture itself. Each of the glass bowls acts as an individual pixel and is then animated through pulse width modulated control. We see extraordinary lighting effects as a result of this animation. This has been a brilliant opportunity to explore using water as a digital medium; blurring the boundaries between natural resources and the application of digital technology is an exciting arena, and we are thrilled to have been able to create an interactive, magical space.” The showroom also features two large media walls, which have been integrated into the fabric of the showroom. The ground floor level screen plays content inspired

by water and movement, also designed by Jason Bruges, whilst the consultation hub in the basement features an interactive screen that enables architects, designers and consumers to create digital mood boards for their project. As i-am’s Lead Designer James Coates notes, the combination of these various elements deliver on C.P. Hart’s request for a ‘next generation’ showroom environment: “By deconstructing the typical ‘room set’, blending physical display with digital presentations, maximising product presentation in limited space and incorporating the ‘water flow’ sculpture, the showroom design becomes a distinctive and memorable brand statement.”




FAIT SUR MESURE As part of the rejuvenation of Parisian restaurant La Ferme Saint-Simon, Marcelo Joulia and his team at Naço Architects created a series of bespoke pieces, from chairs to chandeliers. La Ferme Saint-Simon sits in the famous Saint-Cermain-de Prés neighbourhood of Paris’s Left Bank. Its location between embassies, ministries, publishing houses and world famous galleries has long made the restaurant a place of political and intellectual meetings. In 2013, the restaurant entered a new chapter under the ownership of master sommelier Laurent Limouzin and Franco-Argentinian architect and designer Marcelo Joulia. Naturally, Joulia’s own practice Naço Architectures undertook a complete rejuvenation of the space, with furniture, rugs, dishes and lighting all custom designed to give the venue a ‘modern classicism’. Specially created light fixtures were created for key spots within the restaurant: one above the premium table in the main room,

and one in each of the private dining rooms, the Champagne Room and the Bourgogne Room. Created by French artisans in their workshop just outside Paris, each piece comprises a different configuration of brushed brass piping: long linear section with neat 90-degree bends. Spherical balls of blown glass hang at the tips of these brass sections. A slight metallic sheen gives each globe a reflective, mirrored effect when not in use. When illuminated, the traditional incandescent bulb within gives each shade a smoky glow, while directing an intimate glow onto the tables below. This lighting complements the other bespoke elements within the space to help deliver a sophisticated air of elegant warmth. 

Designed by Franco-Argentinian architect and designer Marcelo Joulia and manufactured by craftsmen in a workshop just outside Paris, the bespoke chandelier pieces in La Ferme Saint-Simon are intended to introduce a ‘modern classicism’ to the dining environment.

PROJECT DETAILS La Ferme Saint Simon, 6 rue de Saint Simon, Paris, France Client: Laurent Limouzin and Marcelo Joulia Interior Architect & Lighting Designer: Naço Architectures


All photography: Benoit Linero



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HABERDASHERY Already established as creators of unique luxury lighting pieces, London-based studio Haberdashery is preparing to take their design talents to a wider audience, fueled by their experimental HabLab programme. Too often in the world of interior design, the search for a truly unique and innovative lighting piece concludes with an installation that falls well short of the mark. Whether through budget constraints or a lack of daring, quality design and genuine originality are side-stepped in favour of the safe, standard option. For London-based design house Haberdashery, this ‘safe and standard’ approach is anathema. A collaborative team of artist-designers, engineers and image makers, their work spans lighting products, technical artworks and lightbased experiences, delivering innovative design solutions to projects around the the world. The studio was formed six years ago by directors Ben Rigby, Daniel Siden and Mac Cox. Hailing from a mix of disciplines – Rig-

by and Cox worked in the film industry and Siden has a background in industrial design – the trio were brought together by a shared interest in narrative driven design, design that exists beyond the mere decorative. “We had a lot of overlapping interests – mostly around light – and felt we could achieve much bigger, more exciting projects if we pooled our resources as freelancers and started a company,” explains Rigby. Initially the team adopted a broad, work-led approach, taking on a variety of projects from retail design for companies like Selfridges, to specialist product and lighting design for the British Film Institute. But it was a commission from luxury property developers Candy & Candy that provided a new, defined focus for the studio. The team were asked to produce a

series of lighting sculptures for a number of Candy & Candy’s sites, including the One Hyde Park apartments in London. The success of these pieces proved the catalyst for an explosion of similar commissions from a host of interior designers within the ultrahigh-end luxury market, and increasingly the hotel and hospitality sector. With backgrounds in both the technical and aesthetic sides of design, the studio is able to marry together traditional and modern technologies and techniques to produce truly original pieces, delivered on time and installed by the team themselves. “More and more we’re realising that even though we’re essentially offering an artwork, it also needs a maintenance manual and warranty,” says Rigby. “So we try to make things that are easy to maintain


Opposite page: Commissioned by the exclusive private members club Home House, Haberdashery designed and developed, Tempête (left and top), two sister sculptures, a construction of black rod shapes, centrally suspended in the Home House dining rooms. The team also created four bespoke pieces for Katharine Pooley at ‘The Gate’ in Doha (right and bottom), including the porcelain light sculpture Leaves. This page: Haberdashery’s piece for non-profit private members club, The House of St Barnabas, comprises 50 photo-etched brass leaves and custom made LED light sources. Frescos were commissioned around the grand stairwell to match the energy and movement of the work.

and clean, with lighting elements that are easy to replace. All of this helps endear you to the developers and architects of the world who just want things that won’t be a headache for them later on.”  Their installation at London-based charity The House of St Barnabas exemplifies their approach. Haberdashery created a six metre high sculpture for the main foyer of the building, a Grade 1 listed Georgian house in the heart of Soho, operated by the charity as a non-profit private members club. The piece comprises 50 photo-etched brass leaves built into an energetic spiral formation. Each leaf features visual elements that reflect the history and ethos of the club, specifically its work supporting London’s homeless. “We like reinventing something traditional

and making it really echo the space that it’s in,” says Rigby. “The Saint Barnabas piece is a good example of where we’ve taken a modern technique – in this case photo-etching, a technique generally used in high-tech engineering – and repurposed it to create something very decorative. And it’s a good example of how the piece and the space that it’s in work really well together.” Tiny points of light are built into the structure of the piece. Produced in-house, these LED sources are set within individual, photo-etched structures, pre-cut as flat pieces and then hand-folded into neat diamond shapes, each with its own heat sink. “Often we’ll make our own lighting sources and cooling elements just because it’s hard to find something on the market that is the right size or is elegant enough,” says

Rigby. “Generally, if there isn’t spotlights illuminating our work, it’s got custom lights within it, and we’d rather make those lights ourselves so that we can highlight the surfaces and the form exactly as we want.” This uncompromising approach to achieving unique solutions also translates to the types of jobs the studio takes on. “The industry is full of photographs of each other’s work, circulating, looking for the best price,” notes Rigby. “It’s a horrible way of working and we try very hard to stamp our own unique thoughts on each new project. In fact, if possible, we get involved as early as we can on a project and help develop the brief with a client and perhaps push it a little bit further, hopefully even more so in the future when we find the right architectural lighting company to



strategically align with on the bigger, more exciting projects”. Having established a strong reputation in the luxury interior market and with over 200 bespoke designs under their belt - mostly for private residences - the studio is now turning its attention toward larger architectural practices and to projects that might incorporate short runs rather than one-off pieces. “Every bespoke design we make is essentially a prototype, so there’s a lot of R&D that goes into each one,” says Rigby. “We learn lots of interesting things along the way about materials, how light plays off surfaces and reflection and we then feed that back into the next round of designs.” Recognising the importance of experimentation, the studio recently set up HabLab - an internal process that allows the whole team to flex their creative muscles unfettered by an external client brief. Every ten weeks, staff are invited to submit proposals for interesting, in-house projects. From this pool of ideas (predominantly, though not exclusively, lighting related), two are chosen to take forward – one selected by an office-wide vote, the other by the three directors. Each is given a small development budget and revisited after ten

weeks. “Sometimes a little bit of interesting research pops up, which is shelved until the right client project comes along, but our first round of projects has also turned up potential products which we then fund to the next stage.” Indeed the development of limited run products is a key part of Haberdashery’s expanding focus.  Mobile Light is their first official product to be taken forward to manufacture. A minimalist, Bauhaus-inspired fixture, Mobile Light’s structure pivots around three points allowing it to adapt to a variety of spaces. Straddling the worlds of decorative and functional lighting, the piece is envisaged as a comfortable fit for offices and bedrooms alike. With its widening creative scope and a new Hong Kong office set to launch at the end of the year, Haberdashery, it seems, has hit its stride. “We try to be very well organised and well structured as a company so we can allow people the breathing space to be creative - you can’t have one without the other,” Rigby notes. “We’re a very tight ship and everything’s project managed within an inch of its life, but great things come out of that.”

Top left: Mobile Light pendants were inspired by Bauhaus minimalism and the constructivist line drawings of Russian artist El Lissitzky. Hand built in steel, bronze, glass and aluminium, the Mobile Light’s three pivot points means that it can be formed into many different shapes. Top right: Haberdashery were commissioned to design the festive lighting scheme for Cricklewood district as part of the Design For London initiative. The lighting scheme consisted of 40 individual street-post mounted festive light sculptures that complemented the associated works by Polimekanos and GortScott Architects. Above: A product of the HabLab process, Freq. was a home made exhibition, created in collaboration with photographer Julian Abrams. LEDs and polished stainless steel were used to produce the five sculptures on show, each with varying patterns, from the highly complex to the very simple. These were shown beside 14 editioned photographic prints, capturing the complex patterns of these sculptures.

Project: Gresham Showroom, London, UK




Aldwych House LONDON, UK

Our regular feature highlighting the importance of decorative lighting in the work of one interior design practice. This issue, we present MoreySmith. MoreySmith is an architectural design practice based in London. Founded in 1993 by Linda Morey Smith as the culmination of a distinguished ten-year career in the interior design industry, the practice has accrued an extensive portfolio of commercial, workplace, development, leisure and residential projects. Last year the firm celebrated 20 years of creative solutions with the publciation of Renew, a retrospective of their work and an eye-opening overview of their impressive client list. Arup, Red Bull, Sony Music, ASOS, EMI and EPIC (to name just a handful) have all sought MoreySmith’s expertise in creating new and reinvigorated spaces. The company mission is to deliver beautifully designed projects that reflect and embody the client, their brand ethos and needs. Projects are undertaken by employing a strategic approach underpinned with design-led and detail-focused thinking. The practice offers architectural design, interior and exterior refurbishment, interior design, branding and property services. They work with both occupiers and developers - a major point of difference - and proclaim themselves passionate about designing environments where people love to live and work.

Photo: © Patrick Burrows

As part of their refurbishment of Aldwych House, MoreySmith completely transformed the reception space, stripping it back to the shell and creating an open, bright, eight-storey atrium, flooded with natural light. The team wanted a large chandelier piece that could splay light deep into the room, fulfilling the client brief to create a warm, welcoming impression. They commissioned Stuart Haygarth to create a piece entitled Optical Chandelier. Over 4500 prescription spectacle lenses are hung on monofilament line to form a sparkling, spherical shape. The effect produced is akin to that of a disco mirror ball, but here light is refracted rather than reflected. A clear 100w incandescent bulb sits at the centre of the piece, creating a magical explosion of light.

Photo: © Patrick Burrows

Moët Hennessy HQ LONDON, UK MoreySmith created a new 15,000 sq ft, London headquarters for Moët Hennessy UK. Modern interiors were inserted into the Grade II listed Georgian building to create an environment that reflects the company’s history and its contemporary relevance. The team turned to Bruce Munro to create two bespoke pieces for the project. The Snowball was specifically created to complement the Moët Hennessy brand. Used to differentiate the space from the rest of the working area, the piece comprises blown glass pieces, fibre optic strands and a metal halide light source to produce a visual play on Moët champagne bubbles. A second piece, Teardrop, sits above the main staircase adjacent to the reception. The piece can be seen from all three floors including the bar on the first floor. Light from the delicate acrylic drops provides a chic, graceful, vertical presence.

Photo: ©Edmund Sumner

Photo: ©Edmund Sumner


46 St James’s Place LONDON, UK

Austin Friars House LONDON, UK MoreySmith’s brief for Austin Friars House was to bring a contemporary boutique style to the period building and increase visibility from the archway into the reception area. Their solution injects a distinctly contemporary look and feel to the space introducing a spectrum of light colours. These are further emphasised by dramatic dark coloured surfaces with hints of embellished styling. MoreySmith’s new treatment makes the reception areas more visible to the public and reanimates the building’s ground floor presence. In the lobby, the team introduced a panoply of light reflecting surfaces and textures. They also adapted one of Ochre’s Arctic Pear chandeliers by adding extra tiers of glass to the original piece to create a more dynamic shape. Due to its location directly in front of a large window and front entrance, the team wanted to give the installation more of a presence and draw the attention of passers by. The original three-tier patinated bronze frame with solid clear glass drops
was adapted with the addition of five tiers. These are illuminated by eight E14 golf ball light sources.

This project, located in London’s most exclusive residential enclave, involved the conversion of two dilapidated offices into three luxurious apartments and one penthouse. MoreySmith creatively navigated the change in levels between the two buildings, enhancing original features where possible. The project was a complete strip back to the shell, removing all the floors, stairs and windows. Natural light is maximised through the use of skylights and light diffusing glass doors. The high-end boutique style entrance to St James’ was the ideal place to hang a jewel-like chandelier and the team opted for a Dama Chandelier, designed for Viabizzuno by David Chipperfield. Made with natural brass profiles and a series of 64mm biconcave lenses, it creates unusual patterns of light, working perfectly against the silver grey horsehair panels. It sets the tone for the rest of the building and suits the glamour of the area. MoreySmith wanted residents to immediately feel like they were walking into something special and the chandelier is key to achieving this.

Photo: © Hundven-Clements

110 Cannon Street LONDON, UK A new façade was created with two new ‘wings’ veiled by a 4m high bespoke anodised aluminium mesh façade. The reception area underwent a complete overhaul resulting in a professional and efficient environment overlaid with unusual finishes to inject warmth and personality. Bespoke elements injected the hi-spec element demanded by the client. MoreySmith worked with Eva Menz in adapting her ‘Invisible Chandelier’ to design a more architectural version. They exchanged the crystals for clear glass thereby making the chandelier less sparkly and more fitting for its surroundings. The piece was designed to complement the tall ceiling height in the reception space; MoreySmith deliberately wanted to maximise this height with the tiered sections, but still wanted to maintain a lightweight appearance with the use of clear glass drops. The drops are created using recycled glass and form uniquely individual organic shapes.

Photo: © Jamie Smith

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THE PERFECT GLOW Lighting designer and consultant Andrew Orange begins our porcelain special with a note of praise for a material with a golden honey glow and surprising versatility... Natural light triggers a primeval response in us all. Who can deny the attraction of firelight and candles? In terms of atmosphere - no artificial light source can compete with the organic - even in these days of LED colour controllers. The simple warming glow of certain shades is unrivalled. That is why I and so many lighting and interior designers love porcelain. Surely it is the premier medium for the creation of an ambient relaxing and welcoming interior? Apart for instances where task and function is required - many schemes avoid the use of direct light. The practice of using reflected light from a hidden source and washing light across walls are central to contemporary lighting design and there are many ways

to achieve this effect. Filtering the light source through a shade is an alternative that allows for the creation of sculptured focal points in an interior. Porcelain succeeds here too. The material is wonderfully flexible and can flow into any dramatic form to fit the look of a space. Of course diffused light can be generated by many materials but none offer the warmth and honey like glow of translucent porcelain. To create the ideal light, porcelain has to be cast paper thin and fired at very high temperatures to achieve a shade that emits pure ambience. It is ideal in bars and restaurants as it conveys conviviality. Many designers use it as a practical and fire safe alternative to candles. It flatters

complexions too! Moreover it signals a warm welcome. It is used very effectively in office receptions and hotel foyers (after all the word foyer is derived from the French for fire). I know of no other lighting medium that can ‘warm’ a space more effectively. Porcelain also makes a surprisingly happy marriage with LED light sources. You may expect a collision between this ancient material and the latest technology but you will be delighted with the result. Of course tungsten lamps are warmer in their original state but a combination of a 3000K LED through the warming filter of porcelain provides a crisp illumination which is joyous. Combine this with a RGB colour controller and you discover hues of light which have


a wonderful natural intensity. A dawn-blue through a tree canopy and twilight pinks are just a few delights. Effectively porcelain expands the natural palette of light that can be achieved with artificial light sources. Porcelain as a material is renowned for its ability to capture fine detail and relief. It adds another factor that is so loved by enthusiasts of this medium. I encountered the subtle use of light and darks in an original McCloud design – the Gracie. The raw and rough texture gave the fitting a unique appeal. I also appreciate embossed wallpaper designs and natural textures when embedded. A porcelain shade when lit can reveal textures that draw the eye and can echo

patterns from the fabrics and furnishings elsewhere in the interior scheme. In this increasingly technological world of lighting it is important to remember the importance of the natural and the organic. I challenge anyone not to be struck by the unique aesthetic that a porcelain chandelier, pendant or wall light offers. Sometimes things are better experienced than described. I invite all designers to take a look at porcelain next time they want to create a warm atmospheric space. It is a light that suits the contemporary, traditional and the classic interior in equal measure. Andrew Orange - Lighting Designer and Consultant

Inset: Kevin McCloud’s Gracie. Main image: a porcelain chandelier by Boatswain Lighting (see page 34)



porcelain GALLERY Whether for warmth of tone or the classic elegance of form, pure porcelain and bone china pieces can provide the perfect complement to a scheme...

The PILA Series was created for the Rosenthal Studio Line. Italian for ‘pile’, PILA echoes a domestic scene - a stack of porcelain plates and bowls - by introducing an illuminated central column, transforming each unique piece into a glowing light source. Subtle hints of gold and copper designs on the plates add nuanced sparkle to each stack.

Porcelain Branching Lindsey Adelman “The effect I wanted to create was one of floating, overlapping, white planes,” explains Lindsey Adelman of her Porcelain Branching chandelier. “To me the raw porcelain forms have a quality of peaceful vulnerability. Each one is a little wavy and obviously not made by a machine. They are usually arranged on the same level below the branching metal armature and the halogen bulbs can be pumped up to produce a very functional light bouncing off the ceiling or a low moody light.” The piece is also available in a black porcelain version, producing a very different effect.

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I love the softness of porcelain when throwing the form which once high fired becomes one of the hardest materials . It is also the quality of light that fine translucency porcelain gives when lit up that has led me to create porcelain forms that give light for the past 33 years. MARGARET O’RORKE

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Applique Nymphea Art et Floritude According to Art et Floritude, it was Louis XV’s wife, Marie Leszcynska, who first popularised this style of floral decorative lighting in France, creating a public appetite that continues today. Many of the company’s collections reproduce or are inspired by 18th century pieces, with the regular addition of more modern decorative pieces. Applique Nymphea is a composition of five Nymphea sconces - each 20cm in diameter - connected by a network of porcelain branches.

XY Cordula Kafka The XY series takes bold typography and imbues it with the warm glow of porcelain. The pendant lamps are suspended by thin wires to create a floating, airy lightness, encouraging the eye to flit between each piece. The table versions of XY rest on flat, anthracite-coloured metal bases, a design that has been reduced to its very essentials so as not to detract from the jaunty character of the peice’s porcelain body.


Chandelier Sundmans Margaret O’Rorke & Sirkka Paikkari The Loomster device, designed by Finnish weaver Sirkka Paikkari, was the inspiration for a series of collaborations with ceramicist Margaret O’Rorke. Together they created a range of chandelier style forms that combine woven light fibres, steel and porcelain

Wall light Yen Robinson This wall light by Yen Robinson is produced in porcelain paperclay and decorated with an impressed design, created using ‘ground elder’ harvested from the hedgerow. The curved ceramic frontispiece is pinned with a stainless steel wire onto a dual purpose stainless steel back which allows for wall fixing.

Pinhole Pollen Amy Cooper Based in Cornwall, UK, Amy Cooper creates porcelain pieces that are slipcast and individually decorated so that no two pieces are exactly the same. After a piece is sanded smooth, a hand drawn stencil is applied and then sandblasted to create a raised pattern. The pieces are fired to 1250°C and diamond polished before being wired up. Pinhole Pollen is inspired by a microscopic look at the natural world.

Shoal Scabetti Dip Light Johannes Hemann The dip light is generated by dipping a glue-covered wine bottle into a bowl full of cotton balls. By repeating this step a random shape is created. The ‘finished’ cotton ball object is dipped into liquid porcelain and then fired in the oven. The cotton balls dissolve away leaving the finished porcelain piece.

Shoal, by Scabetti, features a mass of English fine bone china fish enveloping a light source, creating a captivating sculptural form. Each fish is lit not only by reflected light from its neighbours, but also from within, with the light passing through the delicate translucent china body. The Shoal collection is made to order, for your interior. Shown here is a 3-metre tall Shoal, commissioned for a prestigious beach house development on Cornwall’s north coast.



Large Simple Shade Boatswain Lighting UK manufacturer Boatswain Lighting is a pioneer of the slip cast process used to produce flawless paper thin, yet hard wearing translucent shades and filaments. The special recipe used to cast the chandelier elements, pendants and wall lights is unique and is a highly guarded secret. The Large Simple Shade is a smooth, domed pendant. Available in a plain version or with a delicate, embossed detail, the shade spreads a wide pool of light to the space below.

Cirio Santa & Cole Designed for Santa & Cole by Antoni Arola, the Cirio incorporates a capsule of LED lights that provide a candle-like light. Around this a variety of shades can be placed including white porcelain. Its multiple structures - from linear supports to concentric rings - can be combined to create a wide range of formats.

Porcelain parts... Aside from the quality of light produced when illuminated, the pure aesthetics of porcelain itself can make a beautiful structural material...

Odette Odile Italamp Odette Odile is a new concept of modular lighting, designed Edward van Vliet for Italamp. Porcelain, leather, Swarovski Elements and crystals are all used to constructare all combined to create a sophisticated collage piece.

Close Up Vezzini & Chen Suitable as a table or pendant piece, Close Up is a free-blown glass form containing individually slip cast and hand-carved bone china pieces. The glow from a central LED light source is transformed by these pieces, then magnified and distorted by the bubbled glass shell.

Moonstruck Sandra Haischberger Created by Viennese designer Sandra Haischberger Moonstruck glow spheres are cast from porcelain and perforated while the material is still in its leather hard form. Eschewing stencils, each individual hole is drilled by hand, giving each piece an individual identity. When illuminated by a clear light bulb, the floral pattern is cast in sharp swills onto surrounding walls and ceilings, though using a frosted light source provides an alternative, more subtle effect. If this effect is not desired, a soft light bulb may be used.

Madonna Light Curiousa & Curiousa The Madonna Table Lamp features a bone china statue with a sandblasted Yellow Ochre shade. The lamp shows a sombre and peaceful Madonna figure with a golden halo overhead. The seemingly benign image is offset by a barbed wire motif running through the glass, hinting at a deeper message. +44 (0)1254 266000



ALPINE SCENE As part of their refurbishment of the Hotel Villa Honegg in Switzerland, Jestico + Whiles commissioned two chandelier pieces from porcelain specialists Boatswain Lighting. Perched 1000 metres up, atop Mount Bürgenstock, the Hotel Villa Honegg boasts some of the most majestic views in Switzerland. Built in 1905 in the rare Scandanavian ‘Gustavian’ style, the five-storey chalet style hotel recently completed an extensive refurbishment by Jestico + Whiles, delivering a fresh look for its suites, guest rooms and communal spaces. The design team were drawn by the golden light that porcelain casts over an interior and commissioned Boatswain Lighting to produce a series of chandeliers for the hotel’s lounge and board room. They chose a two-tier Drum chandelier with long vertical filaments that juxtapose the diagonals of the shelves. As a place of relaxation, the lounge suited the subtle tones of warm light that a porcelain piece provides. Even when not illuminated the chandelier’s ivory ceramic blends well with the colour scheme. Inspired by a Boatswain installation at the

Lutyens Restaurant in London, the design team decided to use a further piece in the Hotel’s board room. Despite an established reputation for lighting restaurants and convivial leisure spaces, this was the first time one of Boatswain’s designs had been used in a business meeting room setting. Their Nuage light feature softened the metal and marble and added an important ingredient of hospitality to formal surroundings. As Boatswain Lighting’s General Manager Jason Boatswain notes, the pieces chosen proved the perfect bridge between traditional and contemporary design aesthetics. “The Hotel Villa Honegg was envisaged as a luxurious private retreat, a place you can escape modern life without leaving modernity behind,” he says. “The contemporary porcelain design offered the ideal tone of light with a style that proved easily compatible with the rejuvenated interior.”

Above: Boatswain’s Nuage chandelier in the hotel boardroom was inspired by a piece in the Terence Conran designed Lutyens Restaurant in London. Opposite: The Lounge area features a twotier Drum chandelier, its long vertical filaments providing a visual counterpoint to the the diagonals of the bookshelves.


All photography: Š Hotel Villa Honegg. Photos Timo Schwach



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MAY DESIGN SERIES 2014 Five shows under one roof, the May Design Series returns this year with an enhanced lighting design focus, and the introduction of the new Designers With Light Forum.

Last year, over 10,000 visitors from across the design and property sectors - including interior designers, architects, retailers, lighting designers and property managers flocked to ExCel in East London for May Design Series. The concept was simple: bring together key players from complementary disciplines and allow their respective audiences to explore the worlds beyond their immediate industry. This year the show is doubling in size as the popular Interiors Birmingham show joins the line-up, under its new name The Furniture Show. Lighting is once again a key segment of the event, with products on show from a host of high-end decorative brands including: Innermost, Swarovski, Modiss, B.lux, Inspired by Design, Sharon Marston, Lladro, Ebb & Flow, Avivo, Fantastic Lighting, First Class Lighting, Castro, Albioncourt, Latoaria Ponte Rol,

Villa Lumi, FB Internacional, JH Miller, Ondalight, Astro, Shane Holland and more. For those with an eye for architectural lighting technology, the presence of iGuzzini, Concord, Reggiani, Megaman, Xicato, KKDC, Lumenpulse, Kreon, MONO, Led Linear, LED Light Sheet, Rako, Grunzell, Brick in the Wall, Enigma, Compact, Philip Payne, Exenia, Timage, Retrotouch, Radiant and Beta Calco will provide plenty to explore. DX FREIGHT MAKES A RETURN After a popular debut last year, May Design Series will once again be shipping in inspiration in the form of DX Freight. This year, DX Freight will host a display of 60 of the best products from the international show circuit in four specially designed rectangular crates, open at both ends for ease of visitor viewing. Products will include highlights from across a selection of shows including

Maison et Objet, Paris; IMM Cologne; Light & Build; Frankfurt and iSaloni, Milan. The four crates will be curated by industry experts including: Paul James, Editor, mondo*arc (encapsulating Light + Building), Bethan Ryder, Luxury News Editor, Telegraph Luxury (collating the best bits of Maison et Objet Paris), Johnny Tucker, Editor, Blueprint (unearthing the gems at Milan) and Tobias Lutz, Managing Director, Architonic (rounding up IMM Cologne). With up to 60 different companies getting involved, the feature will demonstrate the best in up and coming new design as well as showcasing a vast blend of design talent from across Europe. DESIGNERS WITH LIGHT FORUM The Designers With Light Forum, sponsored by Concord, Megaman and Lumenpulse, is a


May Design Series features five show spaces that together cover every aspect of interior and architectural design.


Organised in partnership with darc magazine and our sister title mondo*arc, the Lighting section will provide a space for visitors to discover creative architectural and decorative lighting and control solutions. Perfect for those dealing with the retail, hospitality, office and residential spheres.


DX is the place to find fresh and market leading solutions for both contract and domestic interior projects. Exhibitors will be showing unique, innovative and high-design signature pieces – produced in the newest materials, with the latest technology. DX is also the May Design Series’ content hub.

Above: Highlights from last year’s May Design Series included DX Freight, a competition-winning central bar area and the Conversation Series seminar theatre - hosting design focused talks from the likes of Karim Rashid. This year’s event will also include a separate Designers With Light Forum space.

new feature taking place in a specially built seminar area on the show floor. Expanding its scope beyond that of the standard lighting conferences, the Forum will include architects, interior designers, clients and product designers all talking about how light influences their work. Speakers and seminars include: Laura Philips, Buro Happold & Patrick Arends, Mecanoo - ‘Library of Birmingham - retaining creative ideas with low energy use’ Farhad Rahim, ChapmanBDSP & Nicholas Ling, Foster + Partners - ‘ME Hotel, London - hospitality lighting blends with architecture’ John Waite, Arup & Charles Valla, AZPML Architects - ‘Birmingham New Street - glare control case study’ Maida Hot, GIA Equation & Will Montague, Chelsfield - ‘Facade lighting of Knights-

bridge Estate’ Eoin Billings, Billings Jackson - ‘The designer’s role in redefining light’ Mark Major, Speirs + Major & Richard Meier, Argent - ‘The regeneration of Kings Cross’ John Bullock, JBLD - ‘A conversation about residential lighting design’ Peter Fordham, DHA Design - ‘Museum and gallery lighting design’ Jonathan Mizzi, Mizzi Studios - ‘Fusing architecture with light’ Kevin Grant, Light Alliance & Sam Woodward, Havells Sylvania - ‘Retail Lighting Design’ Paul Littlefair, BRE - ‘Selecting and planning lighting controls’ Sharon Stammers & Martin Lupton, Light Collective - ‘Lighting Designers’ Family Tree’ (sponsored by Xicato).


Featuring a wide range of decorative accessories, Decor is a new and exciting way to source table top pieces, wall hangings and free standing items for design projects and retail customers those pieces that add aesthetic value to a room.

The Furniture Show

The new name for INTERIORS UK, which previously took place at the NEC in Birmingham, is relocating to London as part of May Design Series.

Kitchen + Bathroom

A host of high-end brands will be showing the best of their product ranges including sleek contemporary kitchens, luxurious bathrooms and a variety of materials for giving projects a top-quality finish. May Design Series will take place at ExCel London on 18-20 May 2014



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Bridging the gap between Europe and Japan.

Design Lighting Tokyo returned to the Tokyo Big Sight in January with a mission to showcase the best in creative lighting design - specifically those that incorporate advanced LED and OLED technologies. As well as showcasing new and emerging design talent, this year’s event offered an introduction to some of Europe’s best decorative lighting pieces in a mini-exhibition dubbed Bridge (pictured). Globally renowned architect Akihisa Hirata was responsible for selecting the ten key designs for Bridge, all of which are yet to be launched in Japan. Elsewhere, Next Lighting provided a forum for newly-launched manufacturers and designers to present work, while Proto Lighting collected together a selection of Japan-designed prototype pieces. Design Lighting Tokyo 2015 will run from January 14th to 16th.

Light Ring Horizontal Henge Light Ring Horizontal from Italian designers Henge harnesses the benefits of LED light sources to produce a pendant that emits a warm white light. Transformers concealed within the ceiling rose deliver a low voltage power supply via the suspension cables to the collection of variously-sized rings.

Eye Series Liang Design Liang is a design brand within WOW LED Lighting (part of the Everlight Group) with a particular focus on producing pieces that create a harmony between the light produced by a piece, the end-user and the surrounding space. The Eye Series features an organic, curved design that encloses a controllable LED light source.

Bon Chandelier PHILKNOT

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The Bon Chandelier is an inverted bouquet of flowers formed from a lacework of fused fibre optics. Its lightweight construction allows for easy installation, while it’s LED light source opens up a range of colour options. The Chandelier is part of a series that also includes the Bon Stand Chandelier and Bon Table Stand.

Ripples is one of a series of ceramic table lamps from Gallery Ari. Light from a concealed source is thrown across the textured surface to create a warm, characterful light point. As the name suggests, Ripples evokes the calming nature of water. Other pieces include Sea of Clouds and Sand Ripples.


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Zaha Hadid’s Avia chandelier features layers of curved planes that combine to create an amorphous whole. The complete shape, manufactured using Slamp’s patented Cristalflex polymer material, exhibits the characteristic fluidity of Hadid’s sculptural designs, animating a space with ripples of light.

The Tape series comprises a series of open frames - available in three sizes, in either white or dark grey - that can be used to illuminate and emphasise interior or exterior spaces. Produced in floor, wall and ceiling versions, the Tape’s soft, round-edged corners evoke a ‘60s and ‘70s style.


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Luna is the centrepiece of In-es.artdesign’s lighting collection. Constructed using Nebulite - a material developed specifically for the In-es.artdesign collections - the piece floats like a celestial body in orbit. A single internal light source allows the piece to emanate a bright yet mellow atmosphere.

Birch Ply Nautica Kaigami


The flexibility and high-quality look of birch ply makes it the ideal material for KaiGami’s range of pieces. The Nautica is one of their most popular pendants. Micro-socket countersunk screws and nuts are used to hold the shade together, without compromising Nautica’s clean curves.

PACO Wall Light Feel Lab The PACO series combines a native japanese wood with OLED light panels. Comprising a series of frames, the wall light version has a magnetic mounting along which the elements can be custom positioned, allowing the user to create their own distinct look and ambience.

Mino Japanese paper chandelier Saiko Design Corp This chandelier from Saiko Design Corp blends the glamour of Swarovski crystal with the traditional warmth of handmade Mino Japanese paper and the controllability and convenience of an LED light source. The finished piece is intended to be phantasmagoric journey through time.



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Hero light Buster + Punch Inspired by the great blacksmiths of yesteryear, the Hero light is made from hand-forged 3mm bronzed gun metal, matte rubber detailing and solid knurled brass soaked in olive oil. The light can be finished with either cabochon or teardrop bulbs and positioned ‘in the round’ or ‘through the centre’.

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair (incorporating Northern Light Fair) is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the world’s largest meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design. This year saw the return of Greenhouse, a space for a jury-selected group of new design talent to showcase their prototypes and meet producers in the furniture and lighting industry. Among the exhibitors was Studio Ljung & Ljung, who presented their enviro-friendly range of furniture and lighting (pictured).

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Fog Zero Fog’s glass shade has been blasted to produce a smooth fade from opaque white at its lowest point to completely transparent at its top. A light source hidden in the metal cap illuminates the blasted section of the globe (diameter 350mm), emitting an ambient glow that rises like a magical, fiery fog.

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Tiffany’s Sister is a homage to the classic Art Nouveau lamp by designer Åsa Jungelius. Here Jungelius applies her previous experimentation with building large, flat glass sculptures. The geometric shapes become glittering planes as they reflect back at one another.

Bell Northern Lighting

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The Bell series of shiny porcelain pendants is now available in new colours: mustard yellow and old rose. To celebrate porcelain as a substance and the possibilities of its shiny glazed surfaces, the colours are applied to the exterior of the shade, contrasting with the pure white porcelain on the inside.

Blom (a contraction of the word blomst - Norwegian for flower), is a new table lamp range. Intensity can be adjusted thanks to two petals that gently embrace the diffuser, rotating on the base to shield the glare as required: with the petals aligned the lamp emits maximum light.


Aeon Rocket Lightyears

Kettle Lightwork

Aeon Rocket strikes a fine balance between a simple steel/aluminium upper shade and a gauzy lower shade. Eight light bands made of recyclable polypropylene are carefully woven together into loops that allow the light to stream through unhindered. Available in 400mm and 600mm diameter versions.

Like all Lightwork products, the Kettle is designed by Hüseyin Turgut and handmade in the company’s atelier in Beyoglu, Istanbul. Kettle is constructed from steel, brass copper and nickel and powder coated in a choice of RAL colours, customisable to suit client preference.

Mona Brokis In her role as artistic director for Czech manufacturer Brokis, Lucie Koldova has created a new series of pendants. Available in a ceiling or floor lamp version, the Mona range comprises tinted glass shades that shroud the tubular lightsource, suspended between broad, functional, lanyard straps.

Copenhagen Pendant &Tradition

Skyline Örsjö Belysning

An exercise in contrasts, the Copenhagen Pendant fuses the classic and the modern, the maritime and the industrial. Its matte-lacquered metal lampshade disperses the light in a subtle but spectacular way, resembling the classic gaslight feel of the bleak Copenhagen piers.

Designed by Folkform, Skyline was presented by the Swedish government to Sweden’s Queen Silvia on the occasion of her 70th birthday. Inspired by the architecture of different districts of Stockholm, the collection is available in two ceiling pendant sizes, in addition to a floor and wall version.

Claesson Koivisto Rune Wästberg Claesson Koivisto Rune w126s is a development of the technologically advanced floor lamp with the same name. Just like its predecessor, the pendant is equipped with highly advanced LEDs that provide both direct and indirect light, individually dimmable to create the perfect lighting effect.



maison & objet Maison et Objet’s January outing provided plenty of illuminating finds and, as ever, some intriguing side-shows, designed to fire up those creative neurons. ‘Elsewhere’ was the theme of this year’s Inspirations line-up, including Beyond, a selection of pieces curated by Vincent Grégoire of Agence NellyRodi that took inspriation from the new frontier-lands of outer-space and the ocean abyss. On one side of the room sat glowing phantasmagorical creatures and on the other, space-punk pieces and astrally inspired chandeliers, like the Orbit from Delightfull (pictured).

Urchin Molo Utilising a flexible honeycomb geometry, urchin expands and morphs into a multitude of forms as you rotate it through and around its own centre. It can even be turned inside out to create straight walled cylinders and conical forms. Adjusting the form also adjusts light intensity, direction and quality.

Pulce Martinelli Luce The Pulce table lamp from Martinelli Luce features a 16cm glass diffuser sitting atop a laquered aluminium base. Available in mustard yellow or royal blue, the spherical diffuser has a coloured brush stroke across one side, allowing light to be directed where required.

Test Tube Chandelier Timothy Oulton Part of the Oxford by Timothy Oulton collaboration with Oxford University the Test Tube Lighting Collection is inspired by the glassware used in many of Oxford’s science labs. Availabe as a standard lamp or chandelier, concentric tiers of real laboratory glass test tubes reflect abundant light and colours.

Plisse Cloud Lasvit

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Conceived by fashion designer Maurizio Galante, Plisse Cloud takes a characteristic haut couture style and translates it into glass. Produced by Czech manufacturer Lasvit, the piece takes its name from the technique of rotating fabric around its own axis to create a billowing, puckered effect.

“The Plumen 002’s subtle, yet dynamic shape embraces the poetry of light, creating a really useable, yet lovable ambient and efficient light source,” says Plumen’s Founder, Creative Director and Designer Nicolas Roope of this energy-saving follow-up to the hugely popular Plumen 001.

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light + building 2014

We look ahead to some of the decorative pieces you’ll find at the lighting industry’s biggest event.

The time has almost come to join the other 196,000 visitors who flock to Light + Building every two years. If you’re planning a visit, we have two recommendations for you: the first is to come by the darc stand, located on the busy foyer walkway outside hall 4.1, to pick up extra copies and share your latest projects with a member of the team. Our second tip is to book yourself in on a tour of bora.herke.palmisano style studio’s Trend Forum. This year, the team have identified four themes - constructed space, unaffected scene, singular spot and selected site - around which they’ll be weaving a selection of on-trend pieces. If the studio’s selection for 2012 is anything to go by, decorative lighting will play a starring role.

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Dent 200, Innermost Dent 200, developed by designer Chak, is a whopping two metre wide chandelier in the shape of a truncated icosahedron. Constructed from polyethylene, the piece has a lustre that draws paralells between the worlds of fabric and blown metal. A white version will be launched at Light + Building.

Chorus Mini Prandina

Nimis Astro

2014 sees the launch of the Chorus Mini, which is, as the name suggests, a new smaller version of Prandina’s blown glass pendant. The miniture size has been created to enable its installation in a wider variety of configurations allowing it to adapt to different kinds of spaces.

Nimis is one of a new collection of opal glass pendants from Astro. The piece’s soft aura complements the pool of light that it casts below and the clean, simple style of its design. Suspended by a simple strand of wire enwrapped by an elegant twist of flex, it is equally suited to contract and domestic settings.




Simon Says Aqua Creations

Funkii Viso

Simon Says, the newest member of the Mino Collection, combines clean straight lines with Aqua’s signature natural silk. The lamps work as single pieces or in groups of various sizes and colours. The proportions make Simon Says perfect for either narrow spaces, or for more complex light installations.

Created for Viso by designer FIlipe Lisboa, Funkii is formed from high quality ceramic. All white, the only splash of colour comes from the inside of the piece and its interior texture of metallised in copper, gold or silver. Light plays on the three-dimensional, colourful landscape of the piece’s interior.

Farfalla Kolarz New from Kolarz, the Farfalla light is a twist on the classic crystal chandelier, with hand painted multi-coloured butterflies interspersed among the crystals. Designed and manufactured in Europe, the Farfalla features Kolarz crystals, 24 carat gold plating and hand painted murano glass.

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Domo-S LZF

Designed by Thomas Feichtner, Add is a pottery shade, 30cm in diameter and 20cm tall. Finished in glossy enamel (with the exception of the matt-finished clay version), the shades have a white interior and five exterior colour choices. A circular cut-out in the roof of the shade provides ambient uplighting.

Valencia-based designers rqr.estudio have worked with LZF to create a piece that combines the manufacturer’s familiar wood veneer style with a flavour of the seventies. Domo-S takes its inspiration from this decade of domed designs. The piece meaures 60 x 55cm and is available in 11 colour finishes.

Type75 Maxi Pendant Anglepoise Built to exacting Anglepoise standards, with a touch sensitive shade-mounted switch (including dimming and memory options), the new Type75 Maxi Floor Lamp performs superbly. Available in Graphite Grey, Jet Black and Alpine White. A coordinating Type75 Maxi pendant is also available.

EDIT by designjunction 9–13 April 2014 Palazzo Morando Via Sant’Andrea, 6 20121 Milan In partnership with

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you’re already familiar with the work of designer Beau McClellan, you’ll be pleased to hear that ‘Dusk’ - the first signature piece from his new company ByBeau - will make its official debut in Milan this year. McClellan has a skill for blending beautiful mirrored glass pieces with custom, cutting-edge LED light sources, as evidenced by this chandelier piece for the Conrad Hotel in Quinta do Lago, Portugal. We’ll have more on Dusk in our next issue.

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