Lighting: Always Look on the Bright Side
Lighting is a critical extension and an added value to interior design and is now more than ever essential to the success of a project.
Gigi | Studio d’Armes
This partnership with Verre d’Onge, two Montréal studios and experts in their respective fields of light and glass, resulted in a new pair hand-blown glass lamps: a table version and a 42-inch-tall floor version, both emanating bi-directional light engines that can be dimmed to a warmer shade.
TURN+ | Ambientec
Having already designed a portable work and desk lamp for this Japanese lighting brand, designer Nao Tamura was tapped for a residential version. Inspired by natural light and the familiar lines of classic lanterns, a palette of aluminum, brass, or stainless steel for the exterior and solid glass for its diffuser was employed.
Opéra Collection | Barovier&Toso
Inspired by the baroque Opéra Garnier in Paris for this collection of suspension, table, and sconce lighting, French designer Philippe Nigro applied a modern edge to the lighting company’s patented, century-old “rostrato” method to serve as the key design element. This complex technique was invented by Ercole Barovier in 1938 and consists of “freehand” shaping of Venetian Crystal to obtain a continuous series of multi-faceted prisms.
Trapeze | Archilume
This Vancouver-based studio revisited their Balance luminaire first launched in 2018, which consists of a pair of disc shapes suspended by twinned cables, one beneath the other in perpendicular directions. This new iteration suspends the same single disc from two independent micro canopy ceiling mounts in a way meant to mimic kinetic energy ball sets on desks or trapeze artists frozen in time.
Lafleur Velvet | SLAMP
“We pushed towards the unknown to find new compositional semantics,” says Marc Sadler in describing this new battery powered undulating table lamp. Composed of Lentiflex, a technopolymer that is hand molded at controlled temperatures, the black matte base has an integrated magnet and accompanying disc that anchors the lamp under textiles, or that can be screwed into vertical surfaces.
Bellhop Floor | Flos
This new addition to the Bellhop Collection by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby flips the top of the existing collection and adds a combination of new materials for the floor version: a concrete base; aluminum body available in brown, green, red and white; and white glass diffusers are for all of the colour options (except for white, where the diffuser is grey).
Lady Galala | Martinelli Luce
Designed by Peluffo&Partners, this suspension lamp is composed of an internal body that combines three different conical-shaped diffusers of different diameters and colour shades: yellow/orange, inspired by sunsets; and blue/ white, inspired by like sea foam created by the waves.
Aloft | A-Light
This Québec-based company scored a couple Red Dot Awards this year, for its Align and Aloft lighting systems. Aloft (shown) is a low-profile, tubular structure that can be shaped in countless ways using a horizontal rotation of 200° then locking in place. An easily re-configurable endcap and 360° rotation joiner structure enables full control of the light’s direction.
Waffle Disc | Luxxbox
New to the company’s arsenal of acoustic lighting solutions is Waffle Discs and Waffle Disc Backlit. Available in various sizes, two designs in over 40 colours and specifiable with an LED backlight, the pure wool upholstery fabric materials are 100 per cent recyclable and manufactured from recycled content.
Lago | Studio davidpompa
This pendant lamp, available in two sizes (40 and 22), combines a powder-coated metal shade with a semi-translucent onyx stone diffuser, hand-sculpted in workshops near the quarry from which it is mined near Oaxaca in Mexico.
Ambitus | Zumtobel
A perennial winner at the Red Dot Awards, Zumtobel once again walked away with three awards in the Product Design category this year, including a Best of the Best for the Ambitus. Designed by Yorgo Lykouria from Rainlight Studio, the light follows a predefined shape but can still change direction, using a distribution source of almost 360 degrees.
Bump | Foscarini
Italian design duo Ludovica and Roberto Palomba experimented with texture and its relationship with light projection for this pendant, denting both the exterior and interior surfaces to not only emit downwards but simultaneously spread defused beams to its surrounding areas for a dappled effect.
Shapes & Elements | Nanoleaf
Hexagons and Triangles were among the first smart lighting panel lines in the Shapes collection, all with interoperability thanks to the company’s Connect+ technology. Using snap-on mounting systems, the lines share touch reactivity, Wi-Fi compatibility and extensive colour customizations to create a broad array of design layout options. A brand-new addition to the collection is Elements Wood Look Hexagons, which feature a unique wood grain texture and a range of cool to warm lighting temperature options, many pre-programmed to mimic natural lighting effects like fireplaces or sunrises to aid in Circadian rhythms.