Trends

Identity - - CONTENTS - TEXT: JOANNE MOLINA

id ex­plores the most cap­ti­vat­ing light­ing trends pre­sented at this year’s Salone del Mo­bile in Mi­lan.

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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.

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