The Goods: Lighting, pt. 1

As light sources become more and more invisible, companies are willing to experiment with shape and form, while still refraining from brash, resulting in highly sophisticated statement pieces.

Akoya | RBW

Named after the saltwater cultured pearl from the akoya oyster, the pendant form arose from the “caught pearl.” The hand-blown, opal glass bulb has been re-engineered with improved technical capabilities and more refined perforations to its sheer, spun-aluminum shade (now being produced in Canada), creating the appearance of weightlessness.

Edie Pendant | Lightmaker Studio

The Kingston, Ont.-based studio has added a new pendant version to their Edie Lighting Series, pairing two similar forms in glass that is hand-blown and hand-finished in Ontario. Vintage or blackened brass metals use solid brass as a foundation and a contrasting black-and-white colour scheme evokes a Bauhaus sensibility.

Hover | Lodes

Designed by Tokyo-based studio YOY, the new collection of table and floor lamps fulfills its appellation with a lampshade that appears detached from the base. The balloon-like light source appears to float weightlessly, connected by a single cable wrapping down to the power source. A dimmer controlled by a power switch is placed on the upper end of the stem, but other functional elements typically applied externally are integrated into the lamp’s internal structure.

Pix | Normann Copenhagen

Debuted at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, this reinterpretation of the archetypical spherical pendant lamp still uses a recognizable globe silhouette but with a new surface treatment derived from recycled plastic waste. The production process granulates and mixes plastic in various shades of white, then heats it to a melting point of 120°, allowing the material to be reheated and reused at the end of its life without altering its properties.

Woody | Ethimo

This new lamp created by Marc Sadler is designed to illuminate outdoor areas in private homes, contract and hotel settings, and brings suffused light to gardens and patios in the evening. At 152 cm tall, its slender tripod structure made entirely from FSC certified teak holds a shade with a volume dictated by the ‘rhythm’ of strips placed close together that filter and diffuse the light between their gaps.