This compellingly minimal collection of geometric lights takes its inspiration from transit map iconography. Round aluminum pendant shades mimic the graphic circles used to identify a subway system’s various stations, while black tube wiring recalls the different train lines that connect them. The various ceiling-mounted and pendant fixtures can be combined to form their own unique network — all served by the same transit hub–like power source. Mounted above a dining or office table, they convey a sense of flow that reflects the dynamic movement of a busy metropolis. And, unlike most cities’ transportation systems, these lights run all night.
Project Tube Designer Ichiro Iwasaki, Japan Manufacturer Vibia, Spain
Step right up for a spectacular high-wire performance: By suspending rectangular glass panels on ribbon-like yet resoundingly sturdy nylon straps, Sainte delivers a gravity-defying showstopper. Each fixture’s straps can be hung in either a straight or angled configuration, while the aluminum lighting block that floats inside its four glass panes offers the choice to direct light (a warm, custom LED glow that realistically imitates incandescent) either up or down. The collection encompasses two series: Classic was developed with residential projects in mind, while Atelier was designed to make a dramatic statement in spaces with especially high ceilings. It’s the latter’s vibrantly hued models in peach, green and yellow that are the real stars — layered together, they achieve an elegant effect akin to stained-glass windows.
Project Sainte Collection Designers Lambert & Fils (Canada) and Rachel Bussin (Canada) Manufacturer Lambert & Fils, Canada
Both Awards of Merit winners in Design: Lighting Fixtures work best in multiples, their fine qualities enhanced in repetition.