A Few of my Favourite Things: Lighting

As a creative practitioner and lover of good design, this post is really a bit of an indulgence and a chance to share some of my favourite lighting designs out there on the market. Obviously, with thousands of beautiful pieces to choose from, this is but a mere taster from the vast and varied selection out there. Please click on the links within the post to see other great designs from the likes or Artemide, Moooi, Foscarini, Flos and many more.

The Torch S6 Bunch 20 Cluster Lamp was designed by Sylvain Willenz for the design furniture and lighting manufacturer Established&Sons.

Dear Ingo designed by Ron Gilad, for Moooi in 2003. “Ron Gilad’s hybrid objects combine material with aesthetic play; they sit on the fat delicious line between the abstract and the functional.”

These sculptural floor lights are part of the Suzusan Arimatsu Shibori Luminaires collection, designed by Japanese Master Craftsmen and Design partners, Hiroshi Murase and his son Hiroyuki Murase. Using the ancient craft SHIBORI; a Japanese textile finishing technique, Suzusan has created a stunning portfolio of fabrics, accessories and luminaires that successfully combines traditional Japanese craft with modern design.

The Uto lamp, created by Lagranja Design for Foscarini, is flexible and interactive, it is ideal for use both indoors and out, it is a floor, ceiling or hook lamp that can be placed anywhere and is able to follow the individual from one room to the next, it is shatterproof and indestructible. Made of silicon rubber, it is soft to touch, innovative, playful and versatile.

Pipe, designed by Luca Nichetto, is a multifunctional lamp with a clean, linear form that is capable of producing different strengths of illumination.

Zeppelin pendant light for Flos, developed by Marcel Wanders from an original idea by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni.

The Fl/y suspension light designed by ferruccio laviani for Kartell, is designed with a transparent bubble-like shade of transparent methacrylate that comes in a full range of colours, with matching ceiling rose and adjustable cable.

Designed for Flos by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962, the Arco floor lamp has become a design classic and is now part of the permanent collection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Inspired by street lights, the white Carrara marble base and dramatic telescopic arched stem provides adjustable, directional light, while the dimmer switch creates an ambient glow.

The PLUMEN 001 is the world’s first designer low energy light bulb. The dynamic, sculptured form contrasts to the dull regular shapes of existing low energy bulbs, in an attempt to make the Plumen a centrepiece, not afterthought. The plumen is perfect for enhancing an existing light fitting or will happily hold it’s own as a contemporary piece of design. When teamed with brightly coloured flex, the plumen makes a stunning installation piece.

Aplomb is one of the latest editions to Foscarini‘s lighting portfolio. This Small hanging concrete pendant lamp is offered in three finishes, from the traditional grey of cement in its raw state, a simple white hue, and a warm clay brown. A Perfect focal point over tables, peninsulas and counters, either independently or in a cluster.

The Atman table light is Part of Catellani & Smith‘s Eco-Logic range. It is crafted using a single block of crystal with a Nickel-plated base that houses the low energy 3W LED. The Atman is available in either cool white (6000k) or warm white (3500k) LED and comes complete with a touch-tronic dimmer offering two intensities of lighting.

The new Etch Light Web designed by Tom Dixon casts an intricate angular pattern when lit, showcasing a beautiful partnership between geometry and design. An irregular pentagon is repeated 60 times to create a 65cm(approx) wide sphere, and despite the size, it remains lightweight at just over 2 pounds.

Elsewhere 600 wall/ceiling light designed by Carlotta de Bevilacqua 2010 for Artemide. This elegant light has been designed with an outer structure in stainless steel with mirror, side diffusers, Prismoptic satin polished aluminum reflector mirror, front diffuser in transparent engraved methacrylate. Two openings along two opposite sides of the outer structure provide a gentle wash of light across the wall or ceiling.

Marie Louise Lamp designed by Buro Vormkrijgers. This innovative light is constructed from sheets of acrylic, illuminated by a 14-watt fluorescent bulb along the length of the structure’s leg to emit a stylish glow. A range of colour options are available and it comes in two styles, either an intricate etched pattern or a plain transparent design.

One Line LED table light designed by Ora Ito for Artemide, 2005. Constructed from die-cast aluminum with the body in extruded aluminum with steel core and LED light. Provides excellent task lighting, with the ability to rotate the lamp body on the horizontal plane and a dimmer to control light levels.

Melange Grande Multi Pendant Chandelier light by Leitmotiv. This stunning sculptural cluster light is an ideal focal point for any space. The fitting houses 10 bulbs in total, giving out a soft glow, ideal for ambient lighting.

Lighting Research and stockists:

Established and Sonshttp://www.establishedandsons.com

Moooihttp://www.moooi.com

Ambient Directhttp://www.ambientedirect.com/en/categories/lighting

Foundry Light + Designhttp://foundryonline.co.uk

Flos (products) – http://109.69.200.28/decorative/index.aspx?lang=en&site=international&referrer=http://www.flos.com/

Foscarini – http://www.foscarini.com/prodotti.php?lang=en

Artemide – http://www.artemide.com/index.action

Mac&Mac Interiors – http://www.macandmacinteriors.co.uk/

Plumen – http://ukshop.plumen.com/collections

Present Time: Leitmotiv – http://www.presenttime.com/c-7-leitmotiv.aspx?1=1

Shoreditch Lighting – http://www.shoreditchlighting.co.uk 

Better Living Through Designhttp://www.betterlivingthroughdesign.com/category/accessories/lighting/

Design Museum London: Lighting – http://designmuseum.org/search?query=lighting&x=0&y=0

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