Here’s a small array of the many, many table lamps and pendants, surface-mounted beacons and venue-filling installations we look forward to seeing in person.
Joining the offsite exhibits in Ventura Lambrate is Eindhoven’s Studio Their&vanDaalen who will present a handful of new products, including Vapour. A late 2016 release, the light is but a puff of mist hovering around a glowing bar. The outer shell – a sleeve of malleable nylon – can be manipulated into many organic shapes, and the intensity of the LED can be adjusted by dimmer. Vapour can be hung horizontally or vertically, and from different lengths.
Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Italy’s Panzeri will entice visitors with a fashionable pavilion cut by Carmen Ferrara, an architect well-versed in Milan’s catwalk world. She will also be debuting her latest creation for the brand: a wall-integrated sconce called Aldecimo. At first it is but a flush square profiled by a sliver of light and then, with a soft touch to its face, the square pops out to reveal a thicker band of light.
Davide Groppi’s lighting creations are poetic. At Euroluce he will be present Infinito, the third and last episode in a trilogy of product he designed to interpret the fundamental states of light – direct, diffused and indirect. Here he expresses light by dematerializing the lamp, taking the onus off the physical object by leaving only a trace of it. A thin strip of special metal alloy cuts the space and produces indirect light. It is possible to cut, pull and position the strip from wall to wall, or from ceiling to floor.
Luceplan introduces two new designs at Euroluce, each with decorative character that conceals technological complexity. The first, Amisol, by Daniel Rybakken, occupies a large physical space with minimal physical volume, its internal membrane – translucent white film or a metallized mirror – is stretched inside a satellite-looking aluminum profile. A beam projected onto the large, almost weightless disk, either diffuses or reflects the light. The wall-mounted Ivy, by Francisco Gomez Paz, frees light from its cage as well. A flexible printed circuit board in thin sheets of slightly-bent copper spreads its LED light upwards, not unlike how ivy climbs walls.
Parisian Petite Friture champions the work of emerging French designers. At Euroluce, the young brand presents a new range of product, including the work of Celia-Hannes, a French-Austrian design duo. The brilliance of Kling, shown, is its balanced approach to delicate ethereality and boldness, a feat accomplished by combining powdered glass with the bold lines and warmth of anthracite brass and black cord. Singular, blown-glass bell jars can be used as a table lamp or pendant but we prefer the mobile-like version which emits two soft colours.
Lambert & Fils show off its made-in-Montreal wares for its first time at Euroluce. Amid its previous collections will be the fruits of two new collaborations, including Laurent 11 by Armel Soyer, a design and decorative art gallery in Paris. The long, sculptural piece revisits the classic Bauhaus shape – the milky hand-blown glass sphere – and pairs it with a long, reflective anchor that resembles a comet’s tail.
Japan’s Tokujin Yoshioka has produced stellar-shaped lamps for Kartell, mirrored partitions and tables for Glas Italia, and glowing interiors for Issey Miyake, Cartier and Swarovski. Well known for his experimentation with sensory-tickling technology, it’s no wonder he was tapped by electronics and telecomm giant LG for a large-scale installation at Superstudio in Tortona. Yoshioka’s SF (aka “Sci-Fi”) Chair radiates bright beams onto the “Wall of the Sun,” a mural made of OLED panels, effectively changing the atmosphere of the space and confounding perception.
New Zealand’s Resident Studio brings the circus to Euroluce with its latest creation. Circus Lights is a system of interconnected rings that can be arranged to create striking vertical decoration. Each brass ring projects a diffused warm LED light source outwards around a 360-degree plane. The rearrangeable system allows for power sharing between the rings and a large range of variations to suit spaces of various shapes and sizes.
Artemide brings a late 2016 launch to Euroluce, a space-agey creation made in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. The moon-shaped Ameluna discloses an innovative optoelectronic system integrated into its asymmetrical transparent frame. An app-controlled RGBW spotlight above the body allows the light to be both direct and partially refracted, meaning any number of chromatic atmospheres can be created.
Glass-master Omer Arbel presents four new products – and four distinct techniques – this year at Euroluce. All developed at Bocci’s in-house glass and prototyping studio in Vancouver, our favourite is the surface-mounted light design 76 Series, a multi-faceted globe with an infinite ocean effect. Regarding its production: “A vacuum is introduced to a strata composed of hot white and clear glass with copper mesh between,” the studio explains. “The vacuum causes the white layer to pull away through the embedded mesh, leaving numerous tendrils of white glass suspended within an interstitial space as it goes.”
This Spanish studio excels at handmade decorative and architectural luminaires for residential and commercial purposes. At Euroluce, wonder will surely be expressed at two of Arturo Álvarez’s latest creations, made from its proprietary Simetech, a material of silicone-covered stainless steel mesh. Onn is a collection that includes wall and ceiling lamps that evoke the vitality of the sea. Pili on the other hand recalls constellations. The table lamp’s painted stainless steel thread is interwoven, creating random volumes and an irregularity that is somehow harmonious.
Mega-brand Foscarini takes over emptied venues in the Brera district to compose six different settings, each corresponding to six different forms of light. The installations will be designed by Giovanni Maria Filindeu, an Italian architect whose repertoire includes stark white interiors and volumes made from strong, simple geometries. The focus of the installations is not technical performance but light’s pure evocative dimension.
“Light and shadow are the first and most essential materials the world offers to architecture to grant meaning to space and transform it into a specific place,” Filindeu explains and so, as visitors make their way through his linked passages, they can expect all sorts of sensations, from delicacy to striking impressions.