In the lead up to the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair and Euroluce, the biennial international lighting exhibition, we take a look at some of our favourite lights launched over the last few years.
Every year Kartell transforms plastic in ways that are more and more incredible. The group that changed the perception of plastic furniture from unsophisticated to fashionable continues to use design, techniques and technologies that make the imitations look just that. Designed by the group's Art Director Ferruccio Laviani, Cindy, Taj and Tati are standout pieces that use colour, material and form to create lighting magic.
Marcel Wanders drew international attention when his Knotted Chair designed with fellow Dutchman Bertjan Pot was released by Droog Design in 1996. He has since built his design studio around products, architecture and interiors. In 2001 he cofounded Moooi with Casper Vissers, overseeing the brand as Artistic Director and designer. Over the past 10 years the group has developed a strong collection of lights in varying scales and materials by designers from all over the world.
Valentine was launched by Moooi at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2012 and in the words of Marcel: 'Its magic mirror and the power of crystals transform a simple shell into an endless light bouquet of flowers".
Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu are Neri & Hu. Based in Shanghai, China, their studio has produced some of the most beautiful buildings and interiors to come out of Asia in recent years, as well as award winning objects for the home including the Emperor lamp in collaboration with Moooi.
The work of Studio Job is opulent, intricate and ironic and combines craftsmanship with overt ornamentation that draws from iconography and expores the traditional and the current. Like all of Studio Job’s work, the Paper Chandelier XL for Moooi is both collectable and highly functional and takes the notion of paper furniture and turns it into reality.
Designer Bertjan Pot has made his name designing materials-focused products that always push ideas and techniques in exciting ways. He released the Random Light with Moooi in 1999 and it has become one of the most loved pieces in the collection – and a somewhat hard lighting act to follow. But he has done just that with Heracluum II, a beautiful chandelier inspired by the heracleum plant (a relative of the carrot) that uses the technique of coating conductive layers to create its magical effect.
The Raimond light was one of the highlights at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2008. Also designed for Moooi, Raimond Puts’ ingenious, self-named light demonstrated the magic that can be achieved by combining geometry with the latest technology. Finely woven with LED lights, the two-layered stainless-steel light was a drawcard at the fair and continues to be one of the most popular lights in the Moooi catalogue.
Dedicated lighting group Foscarini has collaborated with designers including Patricia Urquiola, Werner Aisllinger, Marc Sadler and most recently the fashion house Diesel. Lights including Twiggy, Beehive and the robust Diesel collection demonstrates the group's dedication to research and experimentation as well as a sense of play and fun.
Roll & Hill is a Brooklyn-based design studio that launched in 2010 and has since been producing lights that bridge the craft skills of local makers with America's rich industrial history. Founded by designer Jason Miller the collection was first shaped by the handmade Superordinate Antler Lamps and is now a growing range of designs that go from strength to strength, highlights including Bluff City and Modo.
While the undisputed father of lighting design is Ingo Maurer. Since 1966 his studio in Munich has been one of the most exciting places for graduate industrial designers. Here playful ideas take shape into a collection that is always on the fringe of design, leaning very close to art and exploring the large scale installation in projects both at the Milan Furniture Fair and around the world. Ingo is well known for designs including the Zettel'z chandelier, a lamp made with scraps of Japanese paper fastened on wires and featuring poems or drawings that continues to reinvent itself. Last year Ingo Maurer's studio launched the Johnny B. Butterfly lamp, a simple bulb with a white Teflon shade decorated in handmade insects – it's whimsical and fun and reminds us of the joy that design can deliver.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for all the lighting news from Euroluce at this year's Milan Furniture Fair.