With more than 800 exhibitors, the ICFF, the North American platform for exclusive international design, offers an unprecedented opportunity to see a broad, yet focused selection of international and original designs under one roof. The gates in New York City were open from May 20 to 23, and ICFF proved once again why we see it as an indicator fair for future interior trends. We were particularly impressed by the lighting design novelties from ICFF 2018.
Many lamps were presented that adapted aspects from the current trend “urban jungle” and whose forms and materials were very close to nature. It was also important to designers that these are quality materials and perfected production processes.
ANDlight from Canada for example showed the lighting collection “Orbit” by designer Lukas Peet.
Although “Orbit” is similar in design to FontanaArte’s “Setareh” lamp – which we had seen at Light + Building, it looks much more subtle in a simple way. Here the table lamp also contains a marble base which gives it an additional luxurious touch.
The pendant lamp, however, captivates with only a frosted glass ball inside. The cage is available in black, white, chrome and brass. Despite the round shapes, the design remains in geometric norms of the sphere and the oval, which makes it seem almost timeless and thus can be integrated into many furnishing styles – a guiding principle of Lukas Peet. The designer created another lighting series called “Array” for ANDlight, which in contrast to “Orbit” relies on a flat construction and is available as a table and pendant lamp. Array was also introduced at ICFF 2018.
Not far from the ANDlight booth, we came across the lighting designs by Articolo Lighting.
The Australian design studio was founded in 2012 by Nicci Green, who had previously worked in interior design for about 25 years. Her “Fizi” and “Trilogy” lamps also use the ball as the main component of the design. Once again it is the materials metal, marble and glass that determine the luminaire design.
The lights achieve great effects due to the many air pockets in the glass. We also found it particularly creative that the wall lamp – “Fizi Slab”, quite atypical for the series, is a long oval and not a ball as expected. Due to the constant element of the air bubbles inside the glass, however, it fits in very well with the luminaire family.
We also discovered the attention to detail with the lights of young company Dabi Design.
Christophe Dabi is a designer who puts a lot of emphasis on the artistic aspect of his lights, making him more of a candidate for object lighting. Functionality and aesthetics play an important role for him. Wood as natural material and its fascinating uses in lighting design is his favorite material. His wall lamp “Loop” has potential for a series in our opinion and is suitable for hotels and lobbies by its elegance.
It’s amazing how thinly he designed and implemented the wood on the outside with the metallic inside. The golden inside also spreads the light in a warm way. The base of “Loop” is made of wood and currently available in gold-gold and wood-gold.
There was an inspiring play of light and shadow with David Trubridge from New Zealand.
At its booth, the company presented the “Maru” design and new “Navicula” lamps at ICFF 2018. The outstanding feature of David Trubridge Designs is that the team consistently adheres to a self-imposed philosophy. The design has to be based on native nature or the sea life and the ecological footprint of the lamp should be as small as possible.
The products are always produced ecologically sustainable and must be shipped in the kit set as a flat pack. All the more impressive is that the lighting designs are then very voluminous concepts. For example Maru consists of 60 identical components that combine to form an elliptical shape.
The inner LED spotlights cast fascinating overlapping shadows on the ceiling surface. The shape is inspired by diatoms that form the basis of the entire oceanic food web. They take more carbon from the atmosphere than any tropical rainforest in the world. The name “Maru” is found in both the Maori language in New Zealand and the Japanese language and refers to the cycle of life. Lighting designs by David Trubridge are predestined for home styles with a lot of naturalness and wood elements, but above all for objects whose architectural concept focuses on ecology or sustainability.
Another inspiration from the sea was the design “Pearl” by Ginger & Jagger from Portugal.
This stunning wall sconce is made of marble and metal and actually resembles an oyster. At the back the marble seems to be untreated and rough, at the front, so on the inside of the oyster, the wall light is smooth and hides a “pearl” through the metal ball behind which the LED light hides.
It is available in four different marble colors and optionally in left and right versions. The handmade design has also been awarded the 1st prize of the European Product Design Award 2017.
On the other hand, the ICFF 2018 also offered many innovative modern designs that focused on smart technology and customization.
The founders and designers Kenneth and Edmund Ng of the label Koncept from California presented three new models or additions, which inspired us. For example an extension of the series Z-Bar, which already in 2017 found many enthusiastic fans. Now Z-Bar is also available as a large pendulum variant. As “Rise Square” and “Rise Rectangle” larger tables or surfaces can be illuminated. The simple form has been retained and integrates quite well in conference rooms, cafeterias or very modern home furnishings, up to a moderate industrial.
The table lamp “Splitty” impresses with a well thought out and smart design. Seven colors alone are available for the 43 cm high work light. It is also well equipped with technical finesses: LED with 50,000 hours of life, 3500 Kelvin and dimming touch function, the lamp is rotatable and adjustable in almost all directions from the ankle. Additionally available are Qi-charger, a wall mount or table clamp. Splitty is one of the most functional products we have seen among the lighting design novelties from ICFF 2018 and leaves nothing to be desired.
Another novelty we were able to discover at the Koncept booth was the “Royyo” pendant light, which beautifully complements the existing series of table and floor lamps. The special feature of this design is the side-mount on the pendulum screen, which still leaves the lamp hanging perfectly straight. For an even more impressive sight, it is recommended to install Royyo in a group. The lamp won the Red Dot Design Award 2018.
Last but not least, we took a look at the lighting designs of two New York companies.
The “Axis” collection by the American company Juniper also impresses with its simple design and technical background. Designer Miren Lasnier saw the industrial revolution as an inspiration that made even more stable and tall buildings possible thanks to the invention of T-beams in construction. The Axis lamp is either with a T-beam or alternatively with an X-carrier as base available. There are three light colors to choose from – 2700K, 3000K and 4000K.
The body is made of bronze, which is available in different surface colors such as gray, black, brass or walnut. The company’s products are primarily made for the furnishing needs of public properties. Axis is available as a pendant lamp and wall sconce.
Sonneman introduced a very modern collection for elegant objects. The “Constellation” collection was themed “Live among the stars”. A construct of rods holds the LED light sources and visually creates a starry sky effect. Robert Sonneman is a typical object designer and designs his concepts according to special customer wishes and needs. “Constellation” already exists in several variants and sizes. The largest version of the pendant lamp has over two meters in length and is thus very well suited for lobbies or similar public facilities.
Of course, there were other original lighting design novelties from ICFF 2018.
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