1 Horsehair sconce and pendant by Apparatus Studio
Apparatus Studio always impresses with its dramatic lighting options. The draping Horsehair fixture is a surprising mix of materials, namely the thick wefts of horsehair. Combined with brass and etched glass components, the coarse hair adds a textural element to the light, available as a scone or a pendant, in black Jet or creamy white Palomino horsehair.
2 Plates and Bonhomme by Atelier Areti
Atelier Areti is the work of two sisters, Gwendolyn and Guillane Kerschbaumer, an architect and designer who launched their first product in 2008. The pair skillfully work with classical geometries to great effect; their brass Plates pendant and statuesque Bonhomme lamp, in powder-coated metal, took centre stage at ICFF.
Proportions are everything. The forward-thinking Italian brand supersized three of its iconic pieces, launching them in a colourful installation at Spazio Soho. The installation by Ferruccio Laviani was intentionally disorienting, meant to dwarf the viewer with the oversized versions of Big Bang, Spokes, and Twiggy. The new “Giant” size is geared toward the hospitality sector.
4 Harry Allen and Esque at Heller Gallery
At Heller Gallery, fluid glass forms appeared to push and expand like balloons through rigid metal plates. The work of designer Harry Allen and studio Esque (Andi Kovel and Justin Parker), the unique collection of lights challenges convention of material and form by doing away with the traditional pedestal and juxtaposing two divergent materials into engaging pieces that read as art.
5 Jean Pascal Gaulthier at Sight Unseen Offsite
In its third incarnation, Sight Unseen Offsite had a slew of lighting options, but the work of Montrealer Jean-Pascal Gauthier stood out. The slim lines and elegant balance of these pieces, which mix materials like brass, steel, wood and marble, recall the mobiles of Alexander Calder. With soft colours and, often, small planters attached, the unique pieces by the relative newcomer are sure to take off.
6 Concentric by Robb Zinn for Marset
A beautifully executed design by Rob Zinn for Spanish brand Marset, Concentric is, as its name implies, circles upon circles. Its simplicity is mesmerizing. Available in three sizes and colourways, the light has colour applied to the back of each white layer so it glows brightly when the fixture is turned on, but also glows subtly in natural sunlight. The layered sconce can be wall- or ceiling-mounted.
7 Pris Linear by Pelle
Innovative Brooklyn studio Pelle had a beautiful showing of its Pris Linear fixture. The elegant modular system, which comes with length-adjustable arms, creates simple or complex configurations that are aimed at both residential and commercial environments. The backbone of the warm LED fixture is the refined connectors, which allow for ample creative expression.
8 Notch by David Rockwell for Rich Brilliant Willing
Notch marks the first time the New York studio Rich Brilliant Willing has collaborated with an outside firm. Part of a suite of three elegant fixtures made with architect and designer David Rockwell, Notch is a wallmount sconce that, true to its name, has a notch cut out of its angled facade. Its sculptural shape gives way to a warm, glowing light, which emits from the top, bottom and centre. The unique cube-like cut-out conceals the light source and allows the LEDs to reflect off the interior surfaces.