Lighting Design Novelties 2020 - Purism at Light+Building

Unfortunately, since some interesting furnishing fairs had to be canceled this spring, many of us could not capture all the news in the lighting and building segment, as well as in the interior design industry in general. We used our contacts from various trade fairs to present you with a selection of the lighting design novelties 2020. There will be more articles to come, with further thematically bundled products that would have been shown at a Light + Building, a Maison & Objet, ICFF or the Salone del Mobile.

The first topic is: Puristly modern – lamps with simple extravagance.

Let’s take a look at the new products by Vibia. The Spanish company based in Barcelona was founded in 1987 and now has 80 national representations. Their lighting systems show modern contemporary design, whose technological innovation combines subtly and ingeniously with the overall design.

The Flat Collection, created by the well-known Japanese designer Ichiro Iwasak, fascinates with a puristic, minimalist design. Flat’s distinctive disc-shaped diffusers form horizontal light levels. The indirect, diffuse light is reflected away from the panes and subtly illuminates the surroundings.

Each of the streamlined discs confines and directs the light so that it appears to glow from the inside. The collection of LED lights includes floor, table, pendant and ceiling lamps with one or more panes. Some of the table and floor lamps are designed so that they can act as a side table. Flat is available in five colors – white, green, terracotta, gray and black.

As the name suggests, the STICKS collection by designer Arik Levy is characterized by an even simpler design with a surprisingly unusual dynamic. The light beam is based on the perimeter of the room, runs along it, even flies over it and is projected in any direction. With its articulated light sticks, the innovative system draws light, yet striking light paths. It uniquely underlines the three-dimensional character of spaces – like a fusion of technology, poetry and industrial art in the room.

The modular, individual arrangement in the room allows the architect to position the light in such a way that it gives the respective room the desired effect. The user determines the complete, final course with unlimited freedom as a new architectural expression of light. So Sticks can be used individually. For example for orientation in stairwells, for directional lighting of windowless rooms or for decorative lighting in large rooms.


The Halo Jewel collection presents light as a precious element that is expressed in lightweight structures suspended in space. (Source: vibia.com)

The Halo Jewel collection presents light as a precious element that is expressed in lightweight structures suspended in space.

The “Halo Jewel” by designer Martín Azúa takes a completely different path – another model among the lighting design novelties 2020. The light, in the form of a straight tube, is encased in a filigree brass-colored tube, held by a thin wire rope. It almost appears weightless in the room. The light is radiantly pure and thanks to a special treatment it is glare-free. By combining different individual elements at different heights, the vertical model of Halo Jewel achieves an extraordinary light installation that seems to float freely in the room. Ideal for creating a distinctive lighting atmosphere in public spaces or private facilities. The circular model, on the other hand, serves as an elegant variant for dining rooms and meeting rooms.

The Halo Jewel hanging lamps, configurations featuring straight and circular pieces are a Martín Azúa design. (Source: vibia.com)

The previous Halo Lineal collection already received the Best of Year Award by Interior Design Magazine – USA in 2015. “Halo is an open system that offers numerous options; some of them I couldn’t even imagine, ”says Martín Azúa about his design.

Catellani & Smith is well known to many trade fair visitors as a traditional company with a penchant for art and a high level of craftsmanship.

Here are some facts for everyone else: The Catellani & Smith company was founded in 1989 and reflects the artistic personality of its founder Enzo Catellani. Production, located between art and craft, has been continuously developing for 30 years. The lighting creations by Enzo Catellani are lighting designs “with soul” that tell how important and unique a product “made by hand” is.

The label was founded in an old, restored mill just a few kilometers from Bergamo. Over time, production departments with large, bright rooms and terraces overgrown with jasmine were added. In 2018, new offices were set up near the production departments, in which design, lighting and nature are harmoniously coordinated to create a pleasant working environment that corresponds to the basic values of the label.

This year Catellani & Smith present a new interpretation of the successful halogen light “DiscO”. The name “DiscO” shows a ceiling lamp that is characterized by new LED technology, but very similar in design to the previous model. However, their functions are different. The latest generation of dimmable low-voltage COB LEDs with high luminous efficacy is housed in a semi-cylindrical element made of polished aluminum.

Equipped with a last generation LED light source, DiscO presents innovative and technologically advanced features and a new oval-shaped disc. (Source: catellanismith.com)

With the previous model, this element worked as a reflector in conjunction with the halogen R7. In the new DiscO it fulfills a completely different function – it is the (patent pending) heat sink of the LED and therefore plays a key role.

The oval disc on the light source gave the DiscO its name. It is made of iron and is available in a white version or in gold, silver or copper-colored leaf coating. Compared to the old DiscO, it has a larger reflective surface. Also, the characteristic “cone” made of nickel-plated brass, which is located in the middle of the disc, is also included in the unique LED version. Overall, a very coherent design.

Catellani & Smith presents the new DiscO, the ceiling lamp that reinterprets the historic ‘Disco’ halogen model, respecting its original design. (Source: catellanismith.com)

If you look at the lamps presented so far, they may look very modern, but with the exception of the absolutely puristic sticks from Vibia, they still have a touch of nostalgia.

The Italian label Slamp also has several lighting design novelties in 2020, which on the one hand are staged in a modern way, but also radiate drama and remind us of bygone days.

Slamp has been developing original, versatile and contemporary lamps since 1994. Each lamp is handmade in Italy from unique materials in collaboration with internationally renowned architects and designers. The unique and unbreakable technopolymers, which are shaped into three-dimensional shapes, decorations, sometimes with effects, create that would not be possible with any other material.

Among the lighting design novelties 2020, Slamp also has a new lamp - the "La Lollo". (Source: slamp.com)

Among the lighting design novelties 2020, Slamp also has a new lamp – the “La Lollo”.

La Lollo is a tribute to the glamorous 50s. The wall lamp is available in five versions: with a sophisticated color gradient, metallization, lace patterns and geometric patterns that decorate different rooms, with the same versatility as jewelry on a woman’s body. La Lollona is the fitting extravagant pendulum that naturally influences the nostalgia factor in the room considerably.

However, if you look at the wall lights, they can also be put in a modern ambience. Slamp’s unique, exclusive technopolymers shine like glass but are unbreakable. La Lollo has two light sources that can illuminate the room together or separately.

The cult lamp from the 90s by Slamp, Moon, is back after 25 years with a celebratory anniversary edition. The lamp of the Moon 25th Anniversary Edition manufactured until 2000 retains its original design, but receives a contemporary marble effect finish, which is available in three chromatic “blends”.

Originally released in 1993 and manufactured until 2000, the Moon 25th Anniversary edition lamp keeps its original design, and features a new, contemporary marble-effect finish available in three chromatic “blends” (Black, White, and Pink). (Source: slamp.com)

Originally released in 1993 and manufactured until 2000, the Moon 25th Anniversary edition lamp keeps its original design, and features a new, contemporary marble-effect finish available in three chromatic “blends” (Black, White, and Pink).

The Italian designer Lorenza Bozolli designed the Atmosfera lamp series for Slamp and her design also moves between nostalgia and modernity. The new collection is available as a pendant and table lamp and is characterized by the simple shapes of a ball and a cylinder. The material is as simple as the shape. A satined acrylic ball and high-quality metallized plastic in the lamp base create a harmonious, self-contained design.

Atmosfera lies at the apex of fashion and design, where light melds into fabric. (Source: slamp.com)

Atmosfera lies at the apex of fashion and design, where light melds into fabric.

The light can be adjusted according to the lighting conditions via two circuits. The pendant lamp has a diameter of 30cm and is therefore perfect for smaller dining tables and living rooms. Hung in groups it gives an attractive picture for larger rooms or reception halls and stairwells. The Atmosfera table lamp is available in two sizes.

“Voltra” launched the Totem lamp with exceptional features in 2019.

The aim was to create a lamp by experts from design, technology, production and hospitality, which is technically advanced and cordless and improves the atmosphere.

The modern, puristic lamp is designed in such a way that it is iconic and yet inconspicuous. It should complement rooms and never interrupt them. Voltra‘s vision is to create a sense of intimacy combined with a seamless user experience – to ensure that the light is beautiful in both form and function.

Inspired by the intimacy of candle-light, the Totem range consists of three styles, in two diameters and up to four finishes. (Source: voltralighting.com)

Inspired by the intimacy of candle-light, the Totem range consists of three styles, in two diameters and up to four finishes.

The advantage of the specially designed lamp for the catering trade is said cordlessness. The lights are charged in special designed battery trolleys. It has IP65 which makes it almost waterproof. The Totem table lamp is available in different materials. For example in antique bronze, natural gold, satin nickel and polished chrome. With 15 hours, the lighting duration is also geared towards catering. With one of the lower dimmer levels (3 levels) it lasts even longer. The Totem light has already won the German Design Award in 2020 and is intended for other prestigious awards. It will be interesting to see what this innovation concept will offer.


AYTM is not a traditional lamp manufacturer, but we immediately liked the newly introduced table lamp “Castellum”.

It is the last design in our list of lighting design novelties 2020 and looks like a nostalgic jukebox. At just 18cm high and 5cm deep, it is a small miracle of light. A permanently installed LED module can be changed in terms of the scatter using the centrally placed design element in the form of a ball.

The decorative Castellum lamp is inspired by the Danish Church in Bispeberg, Grundtvigskirken. It's the last in our list of lighting design novelties 2020. (Source: aytm.dk)

The married couple Kathrine and Per Gran Hartvigsen are behind the new AYTM brand. They founded the company Gran Living ApS in 2004. Among other things, they design high-quality home décor for leading furniture chains and have extensive experience in trend analysis, developing their own designs and producing interiors for the home.

So much for our impressions of some lighting design novelties 2020. More articles on different lighting topics will follow, so that you can remain up to date.

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