From traditional dolls and sunflowers to urban architecture, the influences behind these incredible light fixtures by Lasvit, Pulpo, Midgard and many others are as diverse as the end results. (For more great lighting products, visit Spec Sheets.)
Celebrating his affinity for Japan, Frankfurt-based designer Kai Linke (who spent time living in his inspiration county) based his floor lamp series for Pulpo on traditional kokeshi dolls. Typically made of wood, the armless and legless figurines have been a children’s toys for more than 150 years. For his namesake lighting collection, Linke used glazed ceramic to make the oval bodies and topped them with hand-blown glass heads.
The artisanal products feature bubbles and streaks that are particular to each piece, instilling them with their own individual personalities. Three sizes are available — small, medium and large — with three body colourways (white, grey, terracotta) and two hues of acetate glass (white or grey).
A contemporary adaptation of the adjustable lamp — an invention credited to German industrial designer and founder of Midgard, Curt Fisher — Ayno is the brand’s first new design since the 1950s. Devised by Stefan Diez’s eponymous Munich-based studio, the joint-less lamp is comprised of four parts: a super-slender and bendable fibreglass rod, a pliable fabric-wrapped cable, two movable adjustment rings and a conical shade. Using tension, the cable bends the rod into an arc with the curve and radius determined by the placement of the two rings it’s threaded through; the cone shade is also flexible and can swivel to direct light where desired.
Made from locally sourced and recycled materials (steel, fibreglass and polycarbonate), requiring no tools for assembly or maintenance and shipped in compact cardboard boxes, Ayno was a recent winner of the first annual German Sustainability Awards. The fixture is offered in one table and two floor lamp models and its ink-toned body can be complemented by a matte black cable or contrasted by a fluorescent orange one.
Riffing on a familiar aspect of Prague’s urban architecture — the anodized aluminum tiles with convex and concave profiles designed by Czech architect Jaroslav Otruba in the 1970s and still found in many of the city’s subway stations today — Cyril Dunděra developed his Globe-Metro pendant to reflect the smooth form of the tiles, but rendered in an entirely new material: a hand-blown glass orb is coated in a metallic film (one rainbow-blue version, one iris purple) to reference the original metal.
Its unique indented shape and striking visual characteristics morph depending on how it’s approached, with the punctured portions revealing a perfect ring of iridescent light when viewed through the extruded hemisphere. The dazzling piece represents the first collaboration between Czech lighting brand Lasvit and the Prague-based designer.
Part of Ukrainian studio Yakusha Design’s Faina collection of “new primitive” furnishings, the Soniah lamps were inspired by the form of the sunflower. Employing a traditional Ukrainian craft technique long used in the construction of dwellings, the pieces are sculpted by hand using the studio’s own ztista material, an eco-friendly composite made from clay, wood chips, straw, linen and recycled paper that will decompose in soil at the end of life.
The collection of tactile pieces includes three freestanding floor lamps (that range in height from one to two metres), sconces and a pendant light (along with coffee tables and a bench) and are offered in 12 earthy colourways.
Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto of Milan-based Studiopepe applied their signature poetic vision and rigorous design to Nastro, the duo’s first collaboration with Italian lighting manufacturer Tooy. Conceptualized as a union of two disparate materials — a flexible and supple ribbon with a stable fixed weight — the lighting series was realized using metal to craft both elements resulting in a distinct artistic expression.
The resulting luminaire sees a cylindrical object positioned within the gently curved corner of an outer rectangular shape, anchoring the geometric form in place. A palette of seven muted colours is available for both components — brushed brass, matte black, greenish-grey, terracotta, dove grey, beige and eggshell — and versions include two table lamps, a floor light and wall sconce.
Utilizing a weight and pulley system, the Planets pendant by Prague-based studio Vrtiška&žák for Brokis encourages interaction with the mobile-like fixture to create graphic installations. The individual light sources and their corresponding counterweights are suspended from textile cords and are perfectly calibrated to make adjusting the heights of each moveable piece quick and easy.
Wanting to ensure a striking silhouette, the designers opted to use a monochromatic scheme for all components — shade, cord and counterweight — and concealed the mechanisms behind the opaque glass diffusers. Three geometric shapes are offered for the lights — sphere, conical and capsule — which can be grouped together in uniform or mix and match fashions, and are offered in either matte black or matte white.
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Offering more than mere illumination, these high-style luminaires also make an artistic impression.