Chal­leng­ing con­ven­tion

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Lamps are ex­pected to do more than just dis­pense light nowa­days. They cre­ate at­mos­phere, too – in a va­ri­ety of in­no­va­tive ways. Di­ade by Mon­ica Ar­mani for Lu­ce­plan, for ex­am­ple, ab­sorbs noise, mak­ing it per­fect for an of­fice en­vi­ron­ment. Else­where, An­toni Arola has come up with a new way of get­ting more green­ery into the home. His Palma items of wall and pen­dant lights for Vibia all fea­ture a hand-blown glass sphere de­signed for plants.

Most pop­u­lar, how­ever, were light­ing de­signs that dou­ble up as art in­stal­la­tions. Lead­ing the charge was Graf­fiti by Ja­panese de­signer Kazuhiro Ya­manaka for Pal­lucco, which com­prises me­tal rods held in place by strong magnets. The rods can be moved and ma­nip­u­lated to cre­ate a per­sonal art piece.

Slamp took a dif­fer­ent ap­proach, delv­ing into the ar­chives of Stu­dio Job and emerg­ing with seven de­signs that were ap­plied to its floor-stand­ing Tube light. Danc­ing an­i­mal skele­tons, pop-art fruit and ref­er­ences to the Re­nais­sance are all high­lights of the Light­ning Ar­chives of Stu­dio Job col­lec­tion. How­ever, L’Afrique gets our vote: we love how it mixes tribal mo­tifs, masks and snakes with in­dus­trial el­e­ments.

An­toni Arola’s Palma col­lec­tion of wall and pen­dant lights for Vibia

SUB wall lamp by SAAS

Amanece light­ing – Pe­talo col­lec­tion from Ate­lier Mel

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