Lucie Koldova is a designer who we first noticed at the Salone del Mobile with her Macaron lamp. She also designs “Das Haus” at Imm Cologne 2018.
The Prague-based product designer uses classic craftsmanship and state-of-the-art processing technologies with an emphasis on the sheer beauty of materials in an appealing shape and combination. She works for international clients, designs furniture pieces, glass sculptures and timeless lamps that are truly unique in their own way.
Her creative interest is focused on glass and lighting design, which she has already demonstrated with her successful lamps such as “Balloons”, “Bella”, “Macaron” and “Muffins”. Since 2014, Lucie Koldova has been the Art Director of the Czech design label Brokis and has since created a series of successful designs for the company.
At Imm Cologne 2018 she designs her interpretation of “Das Haus 2018” and follows such renowned designers and architects as Todd Bracher this year and Sebastian Herkner in 2016. The choice of Lucie Koldova as the designer of this design project is obvious, since “light” will be a central topic at the Cologne fair. In this article, we take a look at her inspiration for this project and her timeless lighting designs.
Under the sounding slogan “Light Levels”, Lucie Koldova will stage “Das Haus 2018”.
As the name implies, light will play a major role next year. Each room will be arranged around the central living / dining area, whereby Lucie Koldova’s concept is not just about the pure function of the rooms and the furniture, but about an interplay of light, transparencies, materials and colors.
Thus “Das Haus 2018” will have a great emotional component – sensual, but also minimalistic. Lucie Koldova wants to show with her design how much light can influence and vary a living space. Lucie is a true workaholic and therefore you won’t find a kitchen. When asked why, she admits not to cook in real life. Fortunately, her husband takes that part. Instead of approaching the house in a classical way, she prefers the approach of designing spaces as wellbeing areas for meditation and inspiration.
Lucie Koldova is a very versatile designer. We will certainly see some furniture designs in her house concept. Whether its mirrors, tables, couches or jewelry, she has already tried many things. However her real passion lies in lighting.
She explains this as follows: “When designing furniture, the function is more or less predefined, for example, a table stands on the floor and has one to four legs, and sometimes someone is able to create a truly new design or added value but often it’s just being redesigned or changed, which has already worked well, but lighting can be changed in so many ways.”
It impresses her with the seemingly infinite possibilities and the fact that light exists in two states. When the light is turned off, the light can have a sculptural effect. Turning on the light, on the other hand, creates a completely new object. Then light and shadow, as well as the processed material and the technology used are playing a role. A light can beautify a room and doesn’t even have to look like a light source. For Lucie, the expressiveness of light and its diversity is one of the reasons why she designs light.
Her light series “Macaron” – a lamp made of glass and stone, shows this in perfection.
The lamp was named after a French specialty due to its shape. Its shape impresses with a particularly harmonious combination of handmade glass and a very thin marble slice in between.
According to Lucie’s conviction, Macaron is not only a highlight when switched on, but also as a decorative object like a sculpture. At the same time, the designer found it particularly exciting to design the filigree glass in such a way that it embraces the heavy stone and gives it an almost floating appearance.
Everyday suitability and sensuality are not mutually exclusive in Lucie Koldova’s design.
When it comes to the approach, she speaks of it based on an idea to develop an intelligent design principle for an object and then bring it into a sensual-appealing form, which is also used in everyday use. In doing so, she also considers the application in everyday use and is not afraid to try out production limits of the materials. For example, in collaboration with the Czech lighting label Brokis, a wide variety of glass-based collections were created, such as the “Macaron”, the “Mona” and the “Lightline” series. All of which use hand-blown Bohemian glass – sometimes combined with wood or stone.
The designer loves to play and so it is not surprising that she experiments with OLED technology in addition to the classic use of an E27 or E14 socket for LED lamps. Due to the many possible applications of OLEDs and the controllable lighting technology, she considers OLED a real option for future lighting designs.
It will be interesting to see what new creations the Czech lady will present to us during the design event “Das Haus 2018” and how she uses the opportunity to unleash the full potential of interior design with artificial or artistically staged light. Also, whether and to what extent she uses intelligent light control systems to stage her “light spaces” is likely to be an interesting aspect of her implementation. We will report in detail about this next year in Cologne.