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Azure Magazine November December 2022 Cover: The Residential Interiors Issue

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Spotlight: Lighting
As part of our Spotlight on Lighting, we visit New York’s legendary Rockefeller Center, where INC Architecture & Design’s brilliant scheme revives the rink concourse.
Studio Modijefsky Brings Magic Realism to Museum Arnhem
Nanoleaf Lighting colourful rainbow rod lighting
Nanoleaf’s New Lighting Collection Embodies the Brand’s Innovative — and Playful — Spirit
Light Echo installation by Kiki Archi
A Vivid Light Installation Illuminates a Beijing Office
Entrance to Rockefeller Center rink concourse
New York City’s Rockefeller Center Gets a Lighting Upgrade
Iris pendant lamps by ANDLight above a black table
4 Sculptural Pendant Lamps That Embrace Organic Forms
Contardi lamps on either side of a round black mirror
4 Stunning Wall Sconces to Suit Any Design Style
Funiculi floor lamps by Marset
4 Compact Floor Lamps That Bring Sophistication to Small Spaces
Spotlight: Lighting

The central premise of magic realism, whether it be works on canvas or the written word, is a subtle disruption of reality. Think of the hypnotic stories of Jorge Luis Borges, where the lines between the real and the fantastical become muddied and vague, or Giorgio de Chirico’s perspective-defying paintings.

Studio Mudijefsky designed miraculous chandeliers that are hung at Museum Arnhem
Amsterdam’s Studio Modijefsky custom-designed a multi-tiered chandelier to emphasize and celebrate the height of Museum Arnhem’s original neoclassical dome.

For fans of the genre, Museum Arnhem, perched on the crest of a grassy hill overlooking the Rhine River, has long been a pilgrimage point, as it holds one of the most significant collections of magic realist paintings in the Netherlands. Recently, the building...

Nanoleaf Lighting colourful rainbow rod lighting

Ten years ago, a trio of University of Toronto engineering grads dropped what was considered to be the most energy-efficient lightbulb of all time on Kickstarter. The crowd went wild: backers pledged over $250,000 toward the project, and Nanoleaf’s groundbreaking LED technology has been a mainstay ever since — you’ve likely seen the touch- and sound-activated systems backdropping a famous YouTuber, DJ or maybe even your spin instructor. Since its days as a scrappy start-up briefly based out of a factory in Shenzhen, China, the company — which was co-founded by Gimmy Chu, Christian Yan and Tom Rodinger — has gone global, establishing a head-quarters in Toronto in 2015, a European main office in Paris in 2018, and outposts in Hong Kong...

Light Echo installation by Kiki Archi

Film editing requires not only a high degree of technical skill but also a touch of magic — a nuanced manipulation of angles, brightness, colour and other elements to expertly convey a certain mood or atmosphere. When architecture and design studio Kiki Archi (with offices in Japan and China) was called on to transform a mundane former industrial factory into an animated office and showroom for a Beijing-based film and television production company, it immediately recognized a parallel between this unique artistry and interior design.

Light Echo installation by Kiki Archi
Light Echo, by Kiki Archi, injects a modern office with vitality while also nodding to the past in an abstract way: “The emotions and existence of the people who used to work here are felt...
Entrance to Rockefeller Center rink concourse

An iconic part of New York City’s urban fabric since the 1930s, Rockefeller Center recently underwent a major renovation in a bid to make it more accessible while preserving its art deco integrity. Local firm INC Architecture & Design was responsible for reimagining the interior rink concourse that connects the outdoors to the indoors, including a custom lighting scheme that both complements the architecture’s new interventions and maintains a reverence for its past.

Custom lighting at Rockefeller Center rink concourse
The lighting program developed by INC Architecture & Design also supports the firm’s intuitive wayfinding by properly illuminating the architecture. Skylights uncovered during the reno were completely made over and now flood the interior with natural...
Iris pendant lamps by ANDLight above a black table

In recent years, many designers have cast aside the clean lines of modernism and instead embraced the beauty of organic forms. These sculptural pendant lamps by ANDLight, Bolia, Luminaire Authentik and Modern Forms embody this growing trend — and will serve as the perfect focal point for any interior.

Iris by ANDLight
Iris pendant lamps by ANDLight above a black table

Vancouver designer Caine Heintzman seems to effortlessly combine the industrial with the elegant, and his Iris pendant designed for ANDLight is a perfect example. Suspended from a belt-like aluminum frame (in black or silver), the crystalline orb shade is detailed with a kaleidoscopic surface that diffuses light with an almost ethereal quality. The shades are actually composed of two differently sized...

Contardi lamps on either side of a round black mirror

From terracotta and bronze to concrete and glass, decorative wall sconces can help to define the vibe of a space. These new launches by Contardi, In Common With, Brokis and Viso embrace rich materials and geometry in unique ways.

Stick by Contardi
Stick wall sconce by Contardi

Designed by Studiopepe for Contardi, Stick is more gallery-worthy sculpture than conventional lamp. Its triangular frame in satin copper or satin gold nickel (the terracotta shown is from a special edition for Fuorisalone) is fitted with a ribbed diffuser specifically chosen to produce playful and atmospheric illumination: When approached from the front, the light is even and pure, but when viewed from an angle, it takes on an entirely unique effect.

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Funiculi floor lamps by Marset

In many large cities, both space and natural light come at a premium. These compact floor lamps by Artemide, Marset, Flos and Estiluz offer lighting solutions that don’t compromise on style — or add visual clutter. And, while they are particularly well suited to small spaces, they are sure to bring sophistication to homes of any size.

Ixa by Artemide
Ixa floor lamp by Artemide

A collaboration with Foster + Partners, Artemide’s Ixa floor lamp interprets the “elegant balance” of Alexander Calder’s sculptures through a system of counterweights and pivot points that allow for rotation and inclination. Further, the spherical head welcomes interaction: Attached to its extension bar with a magnet, it can be rotated freely 360 degrees, directing light where it’s needed. Also available in table and wall versions, Ixa comes in Charcoal, Crane (yellow), Ink (blue) and Slip (light grey).

Funiculí by Marset
Funiculi floor lamp by Marset

First launched in 1979 with an all-neutral palette, the Funiculí floor lamp by industrial designer Lluís Porqueras for Marset has been updated with three cheerful hues: terracotta, mustard and green. Displaying Porqueras’s penchant for creating useful objects with “absolute simplicity,” the lamp is free of any unnecessary details; a double-clamp system locks its fully rotatable head at different heights.

Luminator by Flos
Luminator floor lamps by Flos

Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni’s iconic 1954 floor lamp design has been remastered by Flos with LED technology, a dimmer pedal and a more sustainable painting process — which is used to coat the lamp’s sleek metal tube in both its original anthracite finish as well as the newly introduced light blue, white, yellow and red options. Conceived by the brothers to be both essential and elegant, it still stands on its slender detachable tripod and casts light straight up to bathe interiors with indirect illumination.

Cupolina by Estiluz
Cupolina floor lamp by Estiluz

Inspired by the classic architectural element, the Cupolina floor lamp’s diminutive dome-shaped head is suspended from its angular metal body by a thin cord and projects a focused yet soft beam of light. Designed by Barcelona-based Boti de Dominicis Studio for Estiluz, the lamp is available in black, white, terracotta and custom colourways; the series also includes table, wall and pendant versions.