id explores the most captivating lighting trends presented at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.
all it a quest for enlightenment. We are eagerly anticipating the 13th edition of Light Middle East Dubai (23-25 September), which will feature the launch of new brands, exhibitions and events. And this year’s special treat: the debut of the documentary The Perfect Light, brought to the show by iGuzzini, who - like id - is a media partner. In anticipation, we reflected on the trends that stole the show at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.
Fun and flexible, this year’s top pieces were alive with the artistry and dimensionality of sculpture. An emphasis on craftsmanship and materiality was seen in their rich metallic finishes and in the warm glows created by cost-effective and environmentally-conscious LED illumination.
Perhaps the most provocative piece was Teela by Zumtobel, Innovative Lighting Solutions Partner at Light Middle East. With an elegance that belies its commitment to substance, this luminaire was designed as part of the editions #02 collection. Martin Jost and Roman Delugan from Büro Delugan Meissl, together with architects Adolf Krischanitz and Hermann Czech and lighting designer Thomas Mika from Reflexion joined forces to help shape the fascinating new special portfolio that includes this special piece.
With colour temperatures based on the course of daylight, it replicates the spectrum of the four light dimensions and casts exact beams of light onto a work surface. Plus, its fabric cover creates a cloud of light that absorbs disturbing sounds.
Raqam by Marc Sadler for Masiero. Endlessly versatile, this contemporary gem features a metal frame covered with glass, crystal pendants and an LED lighting system.
Cipher pendant lamp, designed by Yabu Pushelberg for Lasvit Created with hand-blown crystal, this pendant features cylinders connected by polished metal, with a champagne and gold finish.
Starlight chandelier by Henge. Defined by its warm antiqued cast bronze, this bold chandelier is composed of ‘Y’-shaped arms arranged on two levels.
Teela by Zumtobel. This timeless piece surpasses mere functionality to help create a modern working environment designed for people not a space.
Lantern Light table lamp, designed by Neri&Hu for ClassiCon. Inspired by a fiery torch, this lamp is crafted with burnished or copper-plated solid brass and hand-blown grey crystal glass.
Space lamp, by Adam Tihany for Kartell. Made of transparent plastic, this lamp’s elongated shape creates a silhouette that recalls Seattle’s Space Needle.
Noot Noot table lamp by Marcel Wanders for Moooi. Resembling a playful penguin, this fun lamp has a frosted glass body decorated with touches of gold.