In today’s article we take a closer look at five interesting lighting designers from Salone del Mobile 2017. Among them are some companies that are more active in the fields of luxurious facilities and cooperate with interior architects and architects in the property business. Nevertheless, or for this very reason, we want to present them and their novelties we saw at this year’s Salone del Mobile 2017 in Milan.
In order to make a selection among the many notable exhibitors, we have concentrated on non-Italian labels this time.
On 100 square meters, the Spanish design company LZF Lamps once again showed how to set trends with wood-based lighting. Already at the Light+Building 2016, the versatility of the designs “Koi”, “Elephant” and “Swirl” has inspired us. With “Stitches”, Luciferlamps puts even more attention on the small differences in design.
Inspired by architecture, designer Egbert-Jan Lam from the Dutch Burojet Design Studio created the embroidered “Stitches” lamp series.
The different shapes of the four different Stitches lamps are an allusion to the long knitting tradition of the African state of Mali. For the production of a lamp the veneer lengths are put together in a traditional sewing style. Through the seams, the light then shines through easily, which makes the design particularly harmonious.
In addition, the lamps – like most of the lighting designs by LZF Lamps – are available in up to eleven different finishes, such as beech, yellow, red, blue, gray and many more.
Further novelties were the filigree lampshades of the series “Banga” by designer Yonoh from Valencia. It has an Asian flair, not least because of the intense colors and the shape. Also the design “Kim” looks far eastern. The filigree, bulging wooden construction is outfitted with translucent veneer in various colors. They all work with harmonic LED technology, which optimally sets the respective models into the scene.
The Czech label Brokis stands for high-quality lighting technology coupled with the extraordinary traditional craftsmanship of Bohemian glassblowers.
The designs have been carefully selected and come from renowned Czech and foreign designers. In their product portfolio, the mouth-blown glass is the focus. Combined with other selected materials, such as wood and hand-worked metal, in an appealing composition with lighting, this results in an extraordinary interplay of design. Brokis offers both modern functional lighting and decorative objects, as well as unique lighting solutions for architects and interior architects.
Among the presented lamps in the context of the Salone del Mobile 2017 we particularly liked “Night Birds”. The collection is composed of three luminous types with different wing shapes. Each is a stage of a bird flying. The lights are available in white and almost black variants. Placed in groups, the lights unfold their real potential.
The design of the new “Macaron” collection was premiered in Milan and originates from the company itself.Click to tweet
The table lights thus only produce indirect light, the upper part of the “Macaron” remains unlit. An interesting light-shadow game is the result. The combination of the simple, natural materials of onyx and glass as well as the exquisite craftsmanship make these table lights into a stylish functional design object in every apartment.
With “Knot”, Brokis has created a series of imposing pendant lamps that celebrate the contrast of two very different materials. The design of the lamp combines a rough natural fiber with soft, transparent glass to create a contrast that is as striking as well-balanced. The available shapes of elongated or compressed voluminous spherical bodies are pierced centrally by a robust, natural fiber-sheathed cable, which, apparently, pulls the bottom of the glass inwards.
Brokis has introduced a new color variant for the already known pendant design Whistle. The Whistle collection is an adaptation of traditional glassmaking pipes. The luminous element represents the silhouette of a light cone, while the light source in the form of a reflector is the heart. The collection is composed of two different sized ceiling lights and their combination in a set of three lamps.
The Budapest label “Manooi” stands for unique crystal creations and oversized chandelier solutions for the upscale demands.
The consistent use of Swarowski crystals, the extraordinary design and the high-quality workmanship convince. It goes without saying that Manooi offers custom-made crystal chandeliers tailored to the needs and preferences of the buyer. However, the aim is always to create a harmonious, positive natural light. It also takes into account what light game the crystals produce and what effect this has on light and environment.
Manooi Light Creations was created by the artist / designer couple János Héder and Judit Zoltai. János is also the chief designer in the company. However, much is done with young, creative designers to celebrate the crystal in its uniqueness. At the Euroluce 2017, Manooi exhibited more traditional chandelier designs, such as the “Fjord” and the “Burj”, as well as exceptional and modern compositions such as “Fine Line” and “Origo”.
The metallic bull, which had been traversed with crystals and was a real eye-catcher at their stand.
The high-quality crystals and the refined arrangement of the individual strands are convincing with “Fjord” and “Burj”. Through their imposing overall picture, they immediately captivate the viewer.
“Origo” and “Fine Line”, on the other hand, inspire with their versatility and flexibility. They can be placed alone or in flexible groups and as a combined fixed grouping, for example as a star.
Particularly impressive is “Infinity“. With an incredibly smart technique, the designers of the lighting design have managed to arrange the individual crystal strands so that the seams are not visible and the infinity mark forms a completed form.
Nordic designers also visited the furniture fair. Secto Design showed its innovations.
With sounding names such as “Owalo”, “Kontro” or “Aspiro” again the limits of the mainly used veneer material were explored. In 1995, the company was founded and initially produced furniture made of innovative wood types. Shortly thereafter followed the first lamps, which could easily be produced despite manual work.
The newly presented “Teelo” table light is something new in its form: it gives almost only indirect light, creating a harmonious secondary lighting that does not dazzle. Below the 38 cm lamp, however, a table surface such as that of a secretary can also be adequately illuminated.
With their clear architectural forms, Secto lamps speak for themselves. The light source is hidden in the shadow to prevent the viewer from being blinded. The light reflected from the birch creates a welcoming environment. Especially in times of the Scandinavian interior trend, Secto lamps have become increasingly established in the market.
“Owalo” is available as a complete series: pendant lamps, floor, table and wall models are available in different veneers. However, in the interior of the lamp, which is also designed in the shape of a rod, a further fabric shade is additionally fitted, which dampens the light. This immerses the environment in a very harmonious gentle light. The surface to be illuminated, on the other hand, is generously lit-up with a high-quality LED light (2800 K).
“Aspiro” is convincing by its unique spiral shape, which gives the light almost free way. The decorative red cable is an additional highlight.
“Kontro”, on the other hand, plays with light and shadow. Two cylindrical shades are optically opposed from the outside and the design in rod form penetrates generously into the environment. Inside, rods are also arranged around the horizontal of the light source, which in turn scatter the light.
Also the Portuguese label “Delightfull” presented its novelties at the furniture fair.
The label stands for very retro-heavy designs in the style of the 30s-60s. Their lamps exude luxury ambience and are produced in Portugal. The Delightfull stand reminded of the glamorous times of 007 and showed not only the novelties, but also many of the other lamps, which are also characterized by high-quality workmanship and extravagant designs.
A similar but different lamp is “Basie”. With a beautiful marble base and a double metal shade, which is lined with gold on the inside and reflects the light emitted. The bulb is delicately concealed in the decorative pendulum under the shades – one directed upwards and one downwards.
With “Cannonball” Delightfull goes new ways. If previous models were largely equipped with normal illuminants, this model is now an LED variant. “Cannonball” is a pendant lamp of the extra class. The golden “dandelion” scatters the light via 48 fine LED bulbs at the ends. With a dimension of 130 cm, it is nevertheless very filigree in its appearance and gives each room a luxurious flair and the certain something.
The Salone del Mobile 2017 has shown us once again that the non-Italian lighting designers are in no way inferior to the Italian designers. We have seen extraordinary, extravagant, but also innovative and timeless designs. The fair was impressive and sets the mood for the next lighting fair in Frankfurt – the Light+Building 2018.