Kicking off on April 15, the mammoth expo Light + Building is home to hundreds of decorative lighting manufacturers, innovative electrical engineering firms and cutting-edge building automation developers. Here are five must-see pendant lights launching at the biennial.
1. Match by Vibia
The Spanish lighting company presents a slew of products (including an expansive line from Arik Levy), but Jordi Vilardell & Meritxell Vidal‘s sculptural number is the scene-stealer. The rods puncture the air like an inverted mountain range and with online software, designers can configure it to adapt to any space.
2. Falling Leaf by Tobias Grau
The stripped-down pendants from this company look beautiful on their own, but would look magical in a cluster. An LED luminaire, Falling Leaf is made of polished aluminum and features a matte plastic shade that comes in five colours, including khaki green and light brown.
3. Growing Vases by Lasvit
Following the marvelous display (and subsequent buzz) of these delicate glass globes by Nendo during Milan design week last year, Lasvit shows Frankfurt that vases can bloom from flowers.
4. Portland by Innermost
This gem-like pendant is sure to bring concrete lovers to their knees. The cast grey concrete exterior is warmed up by an interior in punchy red or aqua interior. Minimalists, fret not: a white finish is also available.
5. Metronome by Delta Light
This sliced and diced fixture first graced Tim Van Steenbergen‘s runway last fall. The fashion designer is also the creative force behind this aluminum pendant that features slits and angles similar to those he tailors into his clothing.
Light + Building takes place in Frankfurt from April 15 to 20.