At the Salone del Mobile 2017 trade fair in Milan, TOP designers from all over the world met to present their new interior designs again.
With around 2,000 exhibitors, an exhibition space of more than 270,000 square meters, and thousands of new products presented at the event, Salone del Mobile is the benchmark fair at the international level, attracting over 372,000 visitors from 165 countries.
The exhibition topics were again divided over several pavilions. In “International Equipment Equipment Exhibition” you could find classical and design-heavy interior accessories, at “Euroluce” international lighting design, “Workplace 3.0” was dedicated to office equipment, “SaloneSatellite” served as a launch pad for young and emerging designers again and “Salone Ufficio” offered new intelligent office solutions. As lighting experts, we would like to write about the new lamps of innovative Italian design labels in this article.
As part of the Salone del Mobile, Euroluce was the place where lighting was reinterpreted by countless manufacturers. Also by the very successful Italian lighting label: Foscarini.
They are known for their rather reduced designs and for lamps that convince by function, but also represent a timelessly elegant style. At Euroluce 2017 they again presented products with trendy characteristics.
Arumi is a pendant lamp consisting of a die-cast aluminum alloy. The industrial look is deliberately preserved by subtle hand polishing inside and outside the lamp. Arumi is also an eye-catcher in the switched-off state and impresses with its subtle elegance over the three vertical relief strips as well as the stepped edge. The cleverly placed, dimmable LED technology inside the shade ensures glare-free light, which harmoniously illuminates the illuminated surface and the room.
Of course Foscarini offers the possibility to arrange the lamp in several groups, which is sure to be met by the main clientele, the architects and lighting designers. However, it also unfolds its full effect in single place. That Foscarini understands its craft is beyond question.With the “Tuareg” floor lamp by designer Ferruccio Laviani they also demonstrate a sense of art. In its form “Tuareg” recalls a branched tree or reed. The very reduced design focusses on the actual function: the light, discreetly illuminating the space from the different “branches”. The apparently accidental shape of the various intersecting aluminum pipes, which project into the air and grow into “branches”.
In addition to the original color variations orange and black glossy, white matt is now added. A good decision: by taking back the color, the shape and the function of the design can unfold optimally.
The “Spokes” lamp series, which was designed in 2014 and reminds of bicycle spokes or antique fishing traps, has now been presented in new colors. Due to the metallic aspect, the lamp looks more luxurious, giving it a whole new look – everything is even more filigree and precious. The additional light and shadow effect on the ceiling is another nice feature of this design.
An absolute design highlight is the newly launched “Satellight” by Eugeni Quitllet, 2017. Like a piece of the sun, the luminous sphere is trapped in a glass and aspires to the top – the supposed freedom. The designer has visualized his thoughts in a profound, poetic, and simplistic way.
The mouth-blown glass, the homogeneously lighted satined ball and the discreet cable form a perfect symbiosis. In the switched-off state, the presence of the two forms alone is convincing. “Satellight” is available in two different types of table lamps and also as a pendant lamp.
Slamp has also surprised us at the Euroluce 2017 with new original lighting designs.
It was clear that Slamp’s accompanying program and its interactions on social media platforms would catch one’s eye, but they also showed quite a few novelties. We devoted special attention to “Dome”, “Cordoba”, “Drusa” and “Desert Rose”.
“Dome” is a large hemispherical pendant lamp, reminiscent of a cathedral dome. This is due not only to the form, but also to the relief, which, like futuristic bricks, is placed on the dome by the patented Crystalflex material. The 2-color design, which alternates with matt and saturated colors, results in particularly effective illumination.
At the same time, the dimmable LED module in the dome provides an optimal illumination. “Dome” is currently available in 3 colors – although we also like the gold version shown here. It corresponds even more to the dome character.
The “Cordoba” pendant lamp is reminiscent of the Foscarini light “Big Bang” from 2005, but with a real 3D look. The many crystalline Cristalflex polygons growing out of each other and apart form a 104 cm x 76 cm structure, which appears to almost float in space on thin-walled cables. With 15,000 lumens it is a lamp for large rooms and commercial spaces – but also suitable for large private rooms due to its dimmability.
The design duo Fuksas took the successful honeycomb structure of its “Charlotte” lamps to make a new interpretation. “Desert Rose” is a beautiful design that takes the form of a flower. However, this opens in 2 directions, thus scattering light upwards and downwards and through the different layers of wadded “petals”. It is available in 2 colors and is made from Goldflex, Lentiflex or Crystalflex.
A harmonious composition, which will surely spice up a lot of dining tables and living rooms thanks to its compact dimensions of 48 x 52cm.
“Drusa” by Adriano Rachele is the adequate version of “Cordoba” made of Lentiflex material divided into smaller polygons. It measures only 60 x 25 cm and is available with a magnetic suspension system as a pendant and wall / ceiling light. “Drusa” is equipped with a standard version E27 and is offered in 2 colors, the “Velvet” corresponds to a warm beige. Due to the smaller polygons it is not as spherical as “Cordoba”.
The Italian labels have done a great job again and surprised both with design and technology with innovations. These were just two of many, many creative companies with inspirational and new lighting ideas. In our next article, we will take a closer look at some non-Italian exhibitors at the Euroluce 2017. We are already looking forward to the Light+Building 2018, where we will certainly see many of these lighting manufacturers again.