A biennial event held during Milan Design Week, this year the Euroluce festival lit a path across the city, from the Brera district to the famous Spazio Krizia. Here are all the highlights (no pun intended), including one of the short films by Gianluca Vassallo for Foscarini that celebrates the everyday magic of light.
An installation by long-time collaborator Ferruccio Laviani was just one of the ways that Foscarini shared their latest lighting collection. A series of short films 'Fare Luce' (shedding light) by Gianluca Vassallo narrating the discovery of light through simple, everyday stories, an accompanying exhibition by Beppe Finessi and a new book explored the emotional effects of light, and demonstrated the creative expression the group is founded on.
Standout designs from the Foscarini collection include Nendo's Kurage, a softly detailed table light with a washi paper diffuser and timber base; Marco Zita's Caigo, an elegant suspension lamp inspired by the mist that rises up over Venice; Spokes by Garcia Cumini with its lightness of material and airy volume akin to a Chinese lantern; and Tartan & Gem (below left), two lights that express new possibilities for blown glass.
Moooi's art director Marcel Wanders shaped a collection featuring LED lamps used in inventive and transformative ways. The jewel-like Meshmatics chandelier designed by Moooi newcomer Rick Tegelaar transforms wire netting, stretched and shaped into three dome-shaped layers, beautifully radiating light from the LEDs concealed at its base.
The Construction Lamp by Joost van Bleisvijk (above right), was another industrial mash-up inspired by electricity poles, joining Moooi's Brave New World Lamp by Freshwest that shares an aesthetic approach expressed by 'mechanical' parts.
Describing himself as "captivated by the fine beauty and infinite potential of glass", Edward van Vliet's Chalice Lamp reflects the qualities of glass and the natural beauty of the floral motif. Using dimmable LED lamps hidden within the flowers. light is softly diffused, reflecting off the copper-plated blooms at the heart of the lamp and designed to bounce warmth around the room.
Tokujin Yoshioka for LG
This year the technology giant LG, introduced very thin and flexible lighting systems brought to life at the 'Senses of the Future' art installation. Designed by master of the emotive, Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, the immersive installation included 30,000 light panels to create what Tokujin describes as "the wall of the sun", bathing visitors in a soft, hazy light while experimenting with the effects of light and space.
While at Flos, the Italian designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of Studio Formafantasma, both graduates of the influential Design Academy Eindhoven and now based in Amsterdam, launched Wire Ring and Blush Lamp, the first industrial products for the studio.
A body of work balanced between craft and industry, tradition and local culture, experimental material investigations and a critique on sustainability, the new collection brings with it innovation and craft explored through questions about how light shapes us.
Studio Formafantasma's Blush Lamp (below left) takes an LED strip and a piece of dichroic glass to cast brightly-tinted reflections, a response to the long dark winters in northern Europe. While Wire Ring (below right) is composed of two separate elements: a custom made electric cable and a ring that contains an LED strip. These two very simple elements allow the lamp, when disassembled, to be reduced to a minimum, an exercise in reduction: stripped-back to its most essential components.
This year Nendo developed a collection of lamps within boxes called Gaku. The series of boxes can be filled with accessories; a lamp, a bowl, books or a vase, and the collection includes a charging functionality, with the lamp also acting as a power source. True to the Nendo philosophy, every element in the collection is driven by function.
Roll & Hill
At the Brooklyn-based studio of lighting group Roll & Hill, the mantra is all about local production. In the vein of the great Italian design groups who have built an industry with the help of century-old artisanal skills from across regional Italy, founder Jason Miller (below) has nurtured makers and designers from America. Everything is made locally and all components are assembled at their Brooklyn headquarters and shipped to the world.
New to the Roll & Hill collection is the Half and Half Pendent (above), a series of lamps designed in a collaboration between Washington-based Jonah Takaji and Norway's Hallgeir Homstvedt. Its pared back, simple geometry is reflective of the archetypal lamp, with finishes in bronze, black, brass and nickel.
The duo from Ladies and Gentlemen Studio, Dylan Davis and Jean Lee who recently collaborated with the Australian brand SP01, produced a new range in the Kasimir series (above left) inspired by the 20th century Russian modernist Kazimir Malevich, as well as a new collection with Vera & Kyte called Krane (above right). Another nod to industrial structures, the Krane lamp is designed around a counterweight cord system to allow the position of the hemispherical diffuser to be adjusted, just like the principal of a construction crane.
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