After 3 days at the trade fair, we took a look at the designers and high-quality manufacturers in hall 1.
Here, both technology-oriented designs and classic designs were presented with new materials. The design language 2016-2017 is further characterized by round elements and classic light shapes from the 50-60 years. But also light creations with an extraordinary form language and experimental materials were presented.
Here are our personal highlights from hall 1:
The design company Louis Poulsen had a very solid stand which put the presented lamps perfectly in scene. Whoever thinks Louis Poulsen fits only in a modern environment could be convinced of the opposite. We especially liked the LED table lamp “Njp” as well as the two pendant lamps “Patera” and “Skyline” which by their refined construction throw indirect light and fascinating shadow games on the surrounding walls and on the illuminated surface.
At Ingo Maurer we were surprised by the wild creativity with which he once again amazed the fair audience.
The stand construction was rather sporadic, probably to leave its unconventional designs enough effect. And it worked. On a kind of wallpaper table were both prototypes of an older date, as well as his novelties you could admire. Here also the cartoon lighting design caught our immediate attention which comes from one of Ingo Maurer’s projects.
Other companies such as Oligo, MoltoLuce, Catellani & Smith rely on proven designs, slightly modified and usually redesigned with LED technology. Also, enhanced lighting systems were presented with technical finesse, such as app control.
Among these, there were also those manufacturers who concentrated almost completely on the technical aspect of their designs.
Companies like Acoshape, whose lights are sound-absorbing and thus improve the acoustics in the room. Or the company One LED from South Germany, whose ultra-flat LED lighting makes it possible to create new lighting positions, e.g. in filigree rack modules. Or the WYNG lamp from the Pforzheim company LDM. With innovative technology, this modern lamp has been created in which LED is processed on acrylic glass that produces an absolutely glare-free light.
Other manufacturers like Showroom Finland, David Trubridge from New Zealand, Graypants from Seattle (USA), Tom Rossau from Denmark and LZF Lamps from Spain, presented lamps made out of wood, cork or paper. Funny animal models, varieties of organic forms often with veneer optics are the eye-catcher. Ecologically sustainable production comes natural and that was also noticeable here and the designs speak for themselves. We especially liked the new designs by David Trubridge. The Navicula lamp really puts you in a holiday mood.
Purmundus, an experienced manufacturer in the 3D printing process, presented its new lamps at the trade fair.
The only white lamp shades are now also available in intensive color versions. The presentation reminded us of a stylized modern flower garden, like a picture only in 3D. Very beautiful. The Canadian label Viso also impressed us with its innovative processing of polycarbonate. Their method allows the material to act like real glass. The embedded metallic layer gives the lamps an elegant shimmer.
As a conclusion in terms of preferred styles, it can be said that the retro trend with its shapes and colors, but also with the material surfaces from the time in copper and brass will also be present in 2016-2017. Added to this are technology oriented light solutions with reduced design and the trend towards natural forms and materials.