High-end materials speak of refinement. Harness the shine of metallics and elegance of glass to elevate the space’s sense of luxury.
Marble and glass are materials that are often interpreted conventionally. Danish design firm Norm.Architects was inspired by the shape of street lamps for this design for &Tradition. Its contemporary spin — crafted in a simple shape and hung en masse — is a masterfully conceived balance of old and new and high-quality materials.
Lighting experts Artemide illustrate the impact of transparency — a current direction. The ‘Miconos Tavolo’ lamp, designed by Ernesto Gismondi, offers a nuts-and-bolts effect while being high-end in its execution of blown glass and chrome, serving as a decorative as well as a functional object.
Jaime Hayon’s ‘Copa Cabana Copper’ lights have the moth-to-flame quality, making them an instant focal point. Be inspired to make lights the star of a room.
Drawing on the trend for intense saturated colour and unfussy shapes, bright lights make strong statement pieces.
Strong lines are the perfect complement to amped-up colour. Atelier Takagi’s ‘Bluff City’ lights combine steel cages with bright colour in a cool combination of industrial and playfulness.
Italian designers Foscarini are known for forward-thinking design. Here three ‘Uto’ pendants create mid-level interest in a double-volume space, bridging the expanse.
The Flowerpot lamp designed by Verner Panton in 1968 is an example of how simple, reduced shapes create timeless and lasting design. This current fabrication of the designer’s classic template makes use of lacquered and chromed steel to give it an up-to-date feel. The cuteness factor comes into play here too, injecting personality into the space.
An overscaled Anglepoise lamp is the epitome of redefining a design classic originally designed in the 1930s. The sense of exaggerated scale is very now, credit to the company’s willingness to adapt to the changing times. The colour — traditional and yet also fun — is a nod to the design’s status as a modern icon.
Basic, yet expressive forms interlocking or woven together create textural interest. Originality of design and a sense of quirkiness are very effective in characterising a space.
A standing lamp sculpted with wire is an example of the scope of humble materials in a handmade incarnation. The shade balances the base, adding much-needed polish.
Tom Dixon’s ‘Etch Web’ light, designed to cast atmospheric angular shadows when lit, is the ultimate in texture, through its intricate design of 60 irregular pentagon shapes.
Brian Rasmussen’s ‘VITA’ pendant for Lucente is made up of metal coils spreading out from the globe. The design is neat and geometrical but at the same time seems vibrant and random.
The ‘MO’ lamp designed by Constance Guisset for Molteni & C makes use of structural elements as a principle design motif — a trait of designer Constance Guisset’s. The form that seems dynamic despite a rigid, stable frame brings interest into this minimal space.
Gervasoni’s ‘Sweet 96’ shades made of woven PVC are on the graphic end of the scale — their technologically advanced material setting them apart from handmade products. n