Under the motto “Inspiring tomorrow” one of the slogans of Light + Building 2018, the renowned designers and start-ups of the lighting industry from all over the world were again invited to the exhibition in halls 1 and 2. Here they showed the result of their inspirations and ideas for upcoming trends. It struck us that it was the Italian and Spanish designers who were the most popular with renowned companies such as Luceplan, Artemide, Panzeri and FontanaArte.
We’d like to introduce you to 7 inspiring designers from Light + Building 2018, whose stylistic realization we particularly liked.
Let’s start with the designers, who focus on functionality and modern aesthetics. We met Marco Fossati from the design studio “Minelli | Fossati” at the booth of the Italian lighting manufacturer Panzeri, who agreed to conduct a short interview.
His floor and pendant lamp “VIISI” made of aluminum shines with simple elegance and a very harmonious light distribution. It is available in two dimensions, once with 120cm and once with 210cm and can also be ordered with an up-down-light version.
For now, VIISI is only available in the colors white or black. In composition of several lights, the lamp looks almost sculptural. This work stylistically fits to his previous design “Crio” for Fabbian. The series “Saya” for Fabbian, on the other hand, had an artistic aspect. Marco Fossati is in great demand and so he will present a new table lamp for DeCastelli at Milan Design Week. We’re very excited about this and will report on it as part of Salone del Mobile.
No less interesting from a technical point of view were the designs of Marco Pagnoncelli.
His “Caveau” and “Vera” lamps magically attracted visitors to the Icone Luce stand at Light + Building 2018. As if by magic, the round, extremely thin metal disk moved up and away from the wall to which it seemed invisibly attached. In the process, it was constantly throwing light against the wall in an thrilling play of colors.
A completely new lighting concept, in which the light source merges with the form while at the same time emitting as much light as a spotlight. When “Caveau” and “Vera” are closed, they lie perfectly flat against the wall. The technology is cleverly hidden very flat in the lamp. It is compatible with most popular home automation systems. Designer Marco Pagnoncelli personally showed us how to adjust the lights from an angle, brightness and color – all from the smartphone. The lamp “Caveau” has been on the market since 2016, but only in white. Now there are other colors available, such as copper.
With the newly presented lamp “Vera” also by Marco Pagnoncelli, the designer achieved another effect. The model has a very flat round design just like “Caveau” but with a hole inside, so that the lamp acts like a ring. Vera has light on the moving inside and reflects the light.
Due to the adjustability of the ring, beautiful effects can be created on the wall. Vera is available in different colors and textures: bronze, gold, rust, gold leaf and bronze. Materials that add even more class and extravagance to the design, fitting perfectly into any environment. We’re confident that we’ll hear from these designers from Light + Building 2018 again soon.
Special materials and creative implementations are a hallmark of Xavier Solé.
The Spanish designer presented his lighting design “Neil” at the booth of Carpyen in hall 1.2. Due to his preferred Alabaster material, every lamp in the series is unique. Xavier Solé uses the heavy material to form a wafer-thin dome that acts as a lampshade for the pendant lamp.
The warm undertone of the stone material gives off a pleasant light of 2700 Kelvin and 90 Ra, which makes it not only suitable for the cozy living room, but also for public objects such as restaurants, bars and hotels.
After completing his academic studies in Milan, Xavier Solè opened his own design studio in Barcelona in 1986. Since 2012, he has devoted his full attention to developing inspirational products and offering them to various companies in the lighting industry like Lamparas Disseny or Luxcambra from Spain.
Federico Peri is also on our list for inspiring designers from Light + Building 2018.
His classic lighting series “Galerie” for FontanaArte is a combination of the materials stone, metal, glass and leather. Fascinating how these are harmoniously combined in one concept. The lighting family is also available as a floor or wall lamp and chandelier. The unusual combination of different materials (glass, leather, metal and marble) makes this family exceptionally elegant and balanced.
Galerie expresses contemporary objects that evoke memories of earlier eras. Federico Peri is a Milanese interior design luminary. The projects range from retail concept, commercial space, private houses to furniture design. His design studio’s approach is to design products that are closely linked to their function and their individual context. Using authentic material while respecting the history of craftsmanship plays an important role in the creation process of a design.
At the same time, we were able to take a look at the latest lighting designs by Francesco Librizzi.
Under the interesting name “Setareh”, the Sicilian architect and designer Francesco Librizzi created a lighting family consisting of hand-blown matt-white glass spheres. These are almost magically held in the air by a filigree metal structure.
The light reflections of the metal and shadows additionally create exciting effects on the walls. The many available model variants also attract architects, who often need larger versions for their projects. The lamp is available with gold or chrome metal and fits in many living trends.
A lighting with sophisticated technology, which is also very well integrated in the design, is the lamp “IVY” by Francisco Gomez Paz in hall 1.2 at the booth of Luceplan.
Francisco Gomez Paz is also part of our inspiring designers from Light + Building 2018, who aims to dematerialize the light source – which he has done very well with “Ivy”. Francisco’s design approach is guided by his own curiosity, knowledge of technology and materials, and an experimental creative process.
Born in Argentina, his inspiration behind the design was nature. Like a mushroom or a tendril, the individual components of “Ivy” fit together on the wall. Invisibly hidden are the components of the lamp: body, light source, electrical systems and heat sink. All components are grouped in a single element, a flexible circuit board that starts off flat, assumes a three-dimensional volume, and finishes in a slight upward bend. The inner surface is made of LEDs, which distribute the light evenly on the wall.
Since opening his design studio in Milan in 2004, he has developed products for design companies such as Artemide, Landscape Forms, Luceplan, Olivetti and many others. One of his best known designs is “Mesh” for Luceplan.
Also at Luceplan’s booth we discovered the Italian designer Diego Sferrazza, who presented his new acoustic lamp for the Italian label.
He had kindly agreed to give us a short interview about his latest design “Farel”. His large pendant light is ideal for cafes, restaurants and canteens, as it has a high sound absorption and is color customizable. The 80cm large lampshade can be covered from the outside in light and dark gray, rust and aquamarine with a contrasting color tone like white or a dark gray from the inside. The integrated LED module can also be infinitely dimmed, which makes the design particularly versatile.
The fair was a real highlight in terms of innovative lighting designs. This article about 7 inspiring designers from Light + Building 2018, is just a small excerpt of many successful and thoughtful designs that we have seen. Sophisticated systems for smart lighting from halls 9-11 as well as the object lighting halls have amazed us with their versatility. The exhibitors left us with intriguing impressions and transported a lot of specialist knowledge.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll provide you with more articles about the fair and the trends initiated by its exhibitors. Also, look forward to an article about newcomer-designers from Light + Building 2018. We were able to take a look at the “Young Design” area and spoke to some of them personally about their inspirations behind the products. If you’re particularly interested in a specific topic or company, please contact us on Twitter or use the contact form. We’ll try to include your request.