Innovative and extraordinary lighting designers in 2020

In this article we would like to introduce you to some lighting designers in 2020 who come up with extraordinary lamps or innovative lighting designs.

Jean-François Crochet, Terzani

Our first focus is on Jean-François Crochet, who has been a staple of Terzani’s designers for over 35 years. In 1985 Sergio Terzani and Jean-François Crochet met. Until then, the Parisian designer had designed for fashion boutiques, nightclubs, restaurants and bars. It wasn’t long before Crochet came to Sergio’s Terzani company in the United States to support the company’s founder in his quest for extraordinary lighting. For Jean-François Crochet, not only the design plays an important role, but also the origin of the materials and the historical background of traditional craftsmanship.

The first product that emerged from the partnership was “Antinea” for Terzani’s Memory Collection. A floor lamp made of wrought iron, Murano glass and Pietra Serena – a type of sandstone that has already been worshiped by artists such as Michelangelo and Brunelleschi. The “Tresor” ceiling light followed in 2007. It consisted of precious metal coins reminiscent of shipwrecked pirates and buried treasures.

Let’s take a look at his new designs: the “Gaia” and “Pug” lamp collection.

In Greek mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth and mother of all life. One would think that a lamp that is inspired by such a goddess is more organic in nature. The opposite is the case. In search of the mythical and natural beauty of this earth, designer Jean-François Crochet designed the “Gaia” lamp as a compilation of geometric rectangles / cuboids. This geometric frame made of brass or raw metal is intended to remind of the mountains that the goddess Gaia created. The integrated LED light pushes itself through the cracks in the construction almost like the morning light breaks through a mountain range. The result is a mood of light that seems magical.

“Gaia” gives the room liveliness and is at the same time a space-determining component, which is a nice alternative with a width of 82 or 125cm over reception counters, meeting and dining tables. It offers between 2160 and 4320 lumens and is available with either 3000K or 2700K. An integrated dimmer allows the brightness to be regulated additionally.

The "Gaia" lamp by designer Jean-François Crochet for Terzani. (Source: terzani.com)

The “Gaia” lamp by designer Jean-François Crochet for Terzani.

The other design that Jean-François is presenting for Terzani this year is the “Pug” lamp. The pug is often described as a breed of dog that offers “a lot in a little package”, so a lot of personality despite its small size. Pug is the equivalent of an animal. The brass straps around the clear or opal-colored glass ball look like the facial features of the charming pug. The LED light with 3000K and 1.5W G4 lamps gives the lamp the necessary radiance. Perfectly placed as a pendant light over smaller meeting and dining tables or in bars and stairwells – with the cable length of up to 1.9m, Pug offers many possible uses.


"Pug" designed by Jean-François Crochet for Terzani is a suspension lamp with structure made of brass and glass diffuser. (Source: terzani.com)

“Pug” designed by Jean-François Crochet for Terzani is a suspension lamp with structure made of brass and glass diffuser.

Christian Lava, Terzani

Christian Lava, one of our extraordinary lighting designers in 2020, also works for Terzani and is known there for the particularly creative and innovative lights. His breathtaking light sculptures have become Terzani trademarks, for example the “Stream”, the lamp “Etoile” or “Core”. Christian Lava’s favorite material is metal. His creation deforms metal, like the “Etoile” or “Core”, which also works with crystals. In “Stream” he gave the metal a flowing component. An organic and flowing look emerges from an infinite number of delicate chains.

His latest project for Terzani is the “Moiré”. Moiré is a French term derived from silk with a wavy or “watered” appearance. It is an optical effect that leads to the illusion of waves or the movement of water. This effect is achieved by placing an opaque, lined pattern over another.

"Moirè" is an optical effect that results in the illusion of waves or the movement of water achieved by having an opaque, ruled pattern overlaid over another. (Source: terzani.com)

“Moirè” is an optical effect that results in the illusion of waves or the movement of water achieved by having an opaque, ruled pattern overlaid over another.

The studies on this effect have created a lamp that uses overlapping metal grids. Depending on the viewing angle, it changes its shape dynamically and appears almost alive as the light shifts between the bars. Moiré is available in different configurations. It has a 1.9m long suspension and is available in 65cm diameter as standard. The integrated LED offers a dimming function and has 3000 K.

As an option, typical for Terzani, customer-specific requests such as 2700K or other sizes or dimming functions can also be offered. “Moiré” predestined in rooms in which it can be viewed from as many sides as possible. It is an eye-catcher, whether in nickel or gold, and fits into a wide variety of interiors. We can imagine an Art Déco ambience as well as a modern or opulent and historical setting.

Lorenza Bozolli, Slamp

Speaking of interior ideas: Lorenza Bozolli was also inspired by an Art Déco ambience for the Italian label Slamp and designed the “Atmosfera Fringe” lamp. It fascinates with a simple design and the idea of combining materials from the fashion and home textile industries with light.

Lorenza Bazolli joins our list of innovative lighting designers in 2020 with the "Atmosfera Fringe" design lamp for Slamp. (Source: slamp.com)

Lorenza Bazolli joins our list of innovative lighting designers in 2020 with the “Atmosfera Fringe” design lamp for Slamp.

We already presented the identical metal version of the “Atmosfera Fringe” in our previous article. The difference between the two could not be greater. In contrast to the metal version, the individual satin threads give the impression of an armchair or couch from the Art Nouveau period and give the base a playful, light impression. The table lamp is available in two sizes and two light intensities.

Such a design is not uncommon with Lorenza Bozolli – she originally comes from the fashion industry and has worked with renowned names such as Elio Fiorucci since 1985. From 1996 she devoted herself to interior design. She was born in Milan and studied art at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan: she gained experience worldwide and now lives in Milan again. Her work for Alessi, Moooi, Dedon, Tato Italy, Edition Milano, Mingardo, Spazio Pontaccio, Slamp, Slide and Colè Italia or Mingardo are internationally known.

Marc Sadler, Slamp

Marc Sadler, a Frenchman born in Austria, has a similar taste for organic forms. And you should hardly believe that, because he is actually more known as a technical designer. He comes from the sports industry and has designed numerous sports equipment, shoes and ski boots for large international companies.

As one of the first university graduates in “esthétique industrial” at the ENSAD in Paris with a dissertation on plastics, it was experimenting with the possibilities of the relatively new material in the 1970s that became the characteristic aspect of his work. His origins in an industry where research and testing of new materials and processes is widespread enable him to think completely differently. He has been fascinated by the aesthetic possibilities that can be realized with plastic for some time. For example, the “Drop” lamp for Flos, 1994 and “Tite” and “Mite” for Foscarini, 2001, were awarded the ADI Compasso d’Oro.

Despite his reputation as a technical designer, Marc Sadler has a strong feeling for painting and drawing and finds it so emotionally fascinating that he considers it his real passion. Now he has redefined the possibilities of plastic. For Slamp, he designed the “Accordéon” pendant lamp made from Slamp’s technopolymers.

Marc Sadler explores the infinite possibilities of Slamp’s technopolymers with "Accordèon". (Source: slamp.com)

Marc Sadler erkundet mit “Accordèon” die unendlichen Möglichkeiten der Technopolymere von Slamp.

The pendant lamp plays and changes the light between a white, almost transparent, outer “Accordéon” and an inner golden plisse. It is astonishing how “fabric-like” the lamp appears. You want to involuntarily touch it to see if it’s actually plastic. The LEDs installed in the 57cm large screen are equipped with 2700 or 3000 Kelvin as required and reach up to 5700 lumens and are dimmable.

Another similar organic design from 2020 for Slamp is the table lamp “LaFleur”, which was also introduced. It is reminiscent of various models from the 90s-2000s, which were produced with glass and the then new illuminant G9, but is much more delicate and lighter in appearance in Marc Sadler’s design.

The delicate, delectable, and rechargeable Lafleur battery-powered table lamp is formed by heating Lentiflex® at a controlled temperature and then hand-moulding it to create the blossom. (Source: slamp.com)

The delicate, delectable, and rechargeable Lafleur battery-powered table lamp is formed by heating Lentiflex® at a controlled temperature and then hand-moulding it to create the blossom.

In addition, the 26cm high lamp offers some technical finesse: a rechargeable battery makes it an all-rounder when it comes to placement. The base of the foot is magnetic and comes with a metal disc that can be hidden under the tablecloth or screwed to the wall to quickly transform “LaFleur” into a wall lamp. The dimensionally stable and resistant Lentiflex material is another plus for hospitality projects such as restaurants and hotels.

Kevin Chu, SUGO

Designer Kevin Chu founded his company SUGO in 2018 with the sole mission of creating groundbreaking contemporary biophile furniture designs. He and his wife Giulia Dibonaventura describe themselves as serious nature lovers and want to combine advanced sustainable technologies with ideas inspired by nature. Her designs focus on working with nature or giving something back to her. Kevin Chu was trained in the Architectural Association and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and received the Bartlett Archigram Design Award in 2001. Many of the designer’s creations have already received international awards. These include the Reddot Design Award, the IDA Los Angeles, the A Design Award Italy, or the Perspective Award Hong Kong, to name just a few.

Kevin Chu, another interesting lighting designer in 2020, inspired us with his lighting design "Guilin".

Kevin Chu, another interesting lighting designer in 2020, inspired us with his lighting design “Guilin”.

Their “Guilin” lamp (also awarded several times) was created from a Kickstarter project. At first you’d ask yourself: is it a lamp or is it a sculpture or is it an air purifier? It is all together. Kevin Chu supports calling it a lighting landscape, the “Guilinscape”. With etched acrylic mountains that stand on an illuminated base, the Guilin lamp illuminates the room with an unobtrusive ambient light. It is the first designer lamp that can clean the earth’s photocatalytic environment. For example, 99.9% of all known bacteria such as Salmonella and E-Coli, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, formaldehyde and mold and odors can be neutralized.

The light for the catalyst effect can come from sunlight or an electrical light source. The base has several slots arranged in parallel, in which three different “mountain” types can be placed in different numbers. This is how an individual lamp is created. The base of the lamp with a width of 64 cm is available in three versions: matt white, black and brushed brass. The acrylic mountains are available in two different versions: Standard (with laser-engraved grooves) and The “Guilin Dawn” with Italian nano-tech acrylic material.

The lamp works with 2700K and thanks to the innovative technology, the LED should last up to 80,000 hours. The model is available with connections for 120-220V. Various tests show how effectively the “Guilin” lamp cleans the air and at the same time scatters such a beautiful and soft light into the room.


The "Foglia" lamp by designer Kevin Chu.

The “Foglia” lamp by designer Kevin Chu.

Another current model with the same photocatalytic technology is the “Foglia” floor lamp. It is so thought-out that it produces a photocatalytic effect even without light, which neutralizes the environmental toxins and bacteria. It is an impressive 172cm high and has several interchangeable elements in different facets, such as “Libellula”, “Carta” and “Filo Rosso”.

These are just a few of the lighting designers in 2020 who have presented innovations this year either on their own or for renowned lighting companies.

We will continue to use our contacts to be able to present additional lighting innovations for 2020 in the next few weeks. Do you have a spontaneous lighting product in mind that is coming to the market this year? Contact us! We’d love to present the design in one of our upcoming articles.

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