From April 9th to 14th, the Salone del Mobile 2019 – one of our TOP events, took place in Milan. It is considered the hotspot for quality, innovation, creativity in the interior design sector and an indispensable meeting place for interior and exterior professionals when it comes to designing living spaces. The fair was divided into three style groups: “Classico” with 140 exhibitors in hall 2, “Design” with 843 exhibitors, among others in halls 5-8, 10-12, 14-16, as well as 18-20 and “xLux” with 349 exhibitors in halls 1 and 3-4. As you can see a very big focus was on the style group “Design”.
The Salone del Mobile 2019 surprised with numerous presentations and projects – also for the Milanese and visitors of the metropolis. Street art projects and special exhibitions were open to visitors throughout the city. 2,418 exhibitors – including 550 SaloneSatellite designers – displayed a broad product and service spectrum on more than 205,000 m² of net exhibition space. With a 34% share of foreign companies (excluding SaloneSatellite), the fair once again proves that much of the international creative force has Italian roots.
This year also on the program – the Euroluce 2019, an international lighting fair as part of the Salone del Mobile.
Since 1976, Euroluce has been taking place every two years alternating with Light + Building in Frankfurt, Germany and presenting innovative solutions in the field of lighting design. With more than 420 industry exhibitors, half of whom came from abroad, the International Lighting Exhibition, which was held for the 30th time, is certainly one of the leading lighting fairs in the technological innovation and design culture sector.
The offer included not only lighting for the interior and outdoor sector, but also industrial lighting, lighting for hospitality projects and special light solutions, but also home automation and application software for lighting. In this article, we look at some of Euroluce’s novelties and interesting or innovative lighting products. Since we are at an Italian fair, we once again focus on Italian companies in the lighting design industry.
For the outdoor area, we were struck by lamps from the companies Panzeri and Flos, each of which presented very stylish designs for the outdoor segment at the Milan trade fair.
That’s also a clear trend in outdoor lighting: lamps may look like they were brought from the living room. Due to the increased marketing efforts of outdoor furniture companies to set up a “living room” outside, the need for suitable lighting is growing.
Particularly popular are models that can be placed independently of a cable, or can be hung anywhere on the corner of a terrace or in a tree. For example, the table lamp “Bellhop” by Flos or the “Firefly in the Sky” by Panzeri. Both are also available as a floor lamp and path light, are powered by a battery and usually are dimmable multiple times or have other nice gadgets, such as an adjustable angle. So there’s nothing standing in the way of a glass of wine on the terrace with these stylish lamps.
Other well-known manufacturers such as Palucco, Masiero, LZF Lamps, Kartell, Kundalini, Marset and Koncept also have some interesting products in their portfolio, even if they are not Italian manufacturers.
The selection of lighting designs ranged from top modern to nostalgic luxurious.
The Salone del Mobile once again made it clear that everything is possible in Italian design. From extremely modern to pageantry and luxury à la renaissance and late baroque. There was something for every taste and not just for the furniture manufacturers, but also for the lighting sector. Starting with the lighting design of past centuries, we find manufacturers such as Masiero or MM Lampadari. Le Porccelane or Seguso also have a fairly big product range for this.
There were also representative lighting designs for the interior style Art Deco.
For the current hype around Art Deco, there was plenty to be found at Euroluce 2019 with companies like Paolo Castelli or Fabbian. At Paolo Castelli, we especially liked the lighting design “Roulette” and the impressive “Golden Cloud”. Roulette is a cylindrical fabric pendant lamp with a bronze band edging. The homogeneous LED light distribution exudes a nostalgic flair through the ivory-colored lamp shade.
The “Golden Cloud”, on the other hand, is a pendant lamp of a special kind. Its opulent style fits well with the Art Deco Revival, which integrates modern components. Here it is the modern form of the traditional manufacturing process (hand-blown Murano glass) and the golden inlays in the material that give the lamp a touch of Art Deco.
Fabbian presented the “Armilla” lamp at Euroluce 2019. Typical of Fabbian it is blown into a previously modeled metal linkage, which is a special challenge for the glassblower. It has some similarities to the “Saya” design, which Fabbian introduced in 2018. But it is predestined by the ball shape and golden color for an Art Deco ambience. Above all, the size of the lamp impressed us. If you expect the picture to have a diameter of 10-20 cm, you’re sadly mistaken. It actually has an amazing 36 cm diameter. The company Abrissi also presented lights with Art Deco flair. Other manufacturers with similar approaches to Art Deco were Le Porcellane, Castro Lighting, Ginger & Jagger or Delightfull.
Anyone who prefers a modern look will definitely also find something at Euroluce 2019 in Milan.
In the field of modern lighting design we noticed a few specific Italian companies. Panzeri, Icone Luce, Linea Light or Firmamento Milano showed timeless designs in their novelties.
The “Petra” collection by Icone Luce combines square and round elements to create an interesting light-shadow game. It is adjustable over the front panel, and available in a variety of contemporary colors such as brass brushed and copper antique. Also Panzeri relies on geometric forms. Their new series “Brooklyn Round” and “Zero” impress by simple design in appealing quality. “Brooklyn Round” is now also available in brass. “Zero”, on the other hand, is also available in the shapes oval, round and square. A mix of shapes and colors will certainly be interesting here as well.
The “XLight” by Firmamento Milano fits well into this range. The “X” shape in a large, almost man-height floor lamp is a fitting addition to the modern geometric shapes. Its indirect light illuminates both the environment and the lamp itself, which gives the special effect. The material also impresses: gold anodized aluminum makes it look elegant and filigree despite its size.
Linea Light showed its “Diphy” design with additions. In 2017, the 3D pendant “Diphy_P3” received the Red Dot Design Award and was added to the 2017 ADI Design Index. Logical that now appropriate additions were shown at Euroluce 2019. Particularly beautiful is the diffuse light distribution through the PMMA material which is perforated accordingly by laser.
Finally two exhibition stands, which were incredibly beautiful and impressive in their presence.
On the one hand, the Portuguese label Serip Lighting and on the other the French designer Éric de Dormael. Both companies showed their very sculptural products in an appealing ambience. Serip has always put an importance to organic forms. Natural elements such as leaves, branches, butterflies or birds (the new “Voa” collection) are transformed into imposing lights.
In contrast, the lamps by designer Éric de Dormael are particularly intriguing due to their skeletal structure, in which geometric shapes are almost randomly put together in new constellations. The discreet use of miniaturized light sources generate lighting effects that create shadows, reflections and shimmering on walls.
These are our personal impressions and highlights from Euroluce 2019 in Milan.
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Further research from Salone del Mobile 2019 will be included in our upcoming e-book, which is expected to be released this summer. So stay tuned for a more detailed research in the furniture sector and what new trends will establish themselves in 2020. You can get our current e-book “Interior Trends 2019” here.