Michael Anastassiades’s Arrangements pendant lights, made for Flos, show just how much a designer can do with a simple concept elegantly realized. The modular system consists of nine forms – circles, squares, lines, teardrops and ovals – made from aluminum, silicone and polycarbonate. The pieces can be suspended from the ceiling in any order, each hanging, like the links in a chain, from the one above. They connect using dovetail joints, which conduct electricity throughout the entire formation. Like Calder’s mobiles or Picasso’s line drawings, the Arrangements system demonstrates that even the most basic shapes can be combined into weird and wonderful permutations.
Project Arrangements Designer Michael Anastassiades, U.K. Manufacturer Flos, Italy
Instead of the traditional RGB colour model used in televisions and computer screens, the Gople lamp switches between red, white and blue. This colour suite is ideal for plants, since red light enables blossoming, blue assists with vegetation and white aids with overall plant health. Of course, the Gople lamp is for people too, so the piece is crafted with the care and creativity for which its designers at Bjarke Ingels Group are known: It has a sleek, pill-shaped diffuser made of Venetian blown glass. The Gople lamp will look great hanging above a kitchen island. It’ll look even better surrounded by foliage.
Project Gople Design Bjarke Ingels Group, Denmark Manufacturer Artemide, Italy
The Ohm line is the first new lighting collection to come out of Sweden’s Ifö Electric in over a decade. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the company has been known for classic, minimalist fixtures made of pressed porcelain. Designed by Kauppi & Kauppi, Ohm offers a contemporary spin on its earliest models, which had a distinctly soft look thanks to their capsule-like shapes and rounded edges. The line features wall, ceiling and exterior fixtures, as well as Ifö’s first-ever table lamp. They are all splash-resistant and compatible with both incandescent and LED bulbs. The style is timeless, just as the material – porcelain – is impervious to wear and tear.
Project Ohm Porcelain Luminaire Collection Design Kauppi & Kauppi, Sweden Manufacturer Ifö Electric, Sweden