What’s new in light­ing and home tech?

NZ House & Garden - - SPECIAL FEATURE -

Bring pat­terned light in­side nat­u­rally by choos­ing shades made from bam­boo, rat­tan, jute or wood. Free­dom Fur­ni­ture’s Bell Bas­ket pen­dant (1) looks great hung over a din­ing ta­ble, or mix and match in a clus­ter with other dome, teardrop or drum-shaped pen­dants made from sim­i­lar ma­te­ri­als. A tip from Free­dom’s Myelz Moss is to swap out stan­dard bulbs for a warmer and more homely glow. See free­dom­fur­ni­ture.co.nz.

Old hand­crafts trans­lated to new medi­ums are mak­ing an im­pact in the de­sign world. Take cro­chet, for in­stance. Us­ing those tech­niques to weave steel wire has cre­ated del­i­cate yet im­pres­sive state­ment light shades (2) that throw dap­pled shad­ows into the space. The shades are avail­able in sim­ple con­tem­po­rary de­signs right through to or­nate lace repli­ca­tions, from Bianca Lorenne, biancalorenne.co.nz. Mul­ti­fac­eted rock crys­tals dis­perse light and ra­di­ate a ro­man­tic glow, which is why Bri­tish cre­ative direc­tor Ti­mothy Oul­ton and his team har­ness these semi-pre­cious at­tributes in the Ely­sium light­ing col­lec­tion (3). In a mod­ern ver­sion of a chan­de­lier, icy shards of rock crys­tal are lightly pol­ished by hand and fixed one by one to an iron frame: the largest (with 6000 crys­tals) takes 18 days to make. From Daw­son & Co, daw­so­nandco.nz.

The Hilo by Feiss (4) has slim metal arms in an oil-rubbed bronze fin­ish that cre­ate an or­ganic globe. The true beauty, how­ever, is that this mod­ern chan­de­lier can be used in tran­si­tional ar­eas like porches and cov­ered pa­tios. Can­de­labra bulbs are cov­ered in clear glass cas­ings to pro­tect them from mois­ture. Avail­able in nine-light and 12-light ver­sions from Auck­land’s The Light­ing Cen­tre, the chan­de­lier can use dimmable LEDs. See nli.co.nz.

Have you ever set the timer on your home ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem to wa­ter for the sum­mer only for it to rain buck­ets? The so­lu­tion is to get smarter with a sys­tem that takes the lo­cal weather into ac­count. Sky­drop (5) is WiFi con­nected so it re­ceives live weather up­dates and au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the wa­ter­ing lev­els over var­i­ous zones in your gar­den. So you can do the best by your plants while sav­ing a pre­cious re­source for a lot less ef­fort and ex­pense, sky­drop.co.nz.

Glass pen­dants are prac­ti­cal in a kitchen, stair­well or liv­ing room as they won’t block a view and are eas­ily cleaned. Glass can add a layer of so­phis­ti­ca­tion to a min­i­mal scheme: the Everly col­lec­tion from Kichler Light­ing (6) blends an old-world Ital­ian aes­thetic that fits with­out fuss into a mod­ern kitchen and there are more than a dozen sizes, glass types and fin­ishes to choose from. From Vogue Light­ing in Tau­ranga, nli.co.nz. De­sign Den­mark has re­cently brought a new­comer to our shores – a col­lec­tion of pen­dant, track, floor and ta­ble lights from Light Point, de­signed in Copen­hagen with ef­fort­less sim­plic­ity in black or white lac­quered alu­minium. We rather like the Madi­son lamp with its tiltable shade and gold glow (7), and the Soho wall lights (page 151), that, to us, look like a ver­sion of The Dots wooden coat hooks. See de­sign­den­mark.co.nz.

You can dip your toe in the wa­ter of smart sys­tems with­out in­vest­ing a for­tune. The PDL Iconic switch range has a Blue­tooth low-en­ergy mech­a­nism that is op­er­ated from an app so you can sched­ule the light to turn on or off at par­tic­u­lar times of day or even for a sea­son. Start with as many or as few switches as you like and there’s no need for a router/hub or any spe­cial wiring, see pdl.co.nz.






THESE PAGES 1 Bell Bas­ket ceil­ing pen­dant 60cm $159 from Free­dom, free­dom­fur­ni­ture.co.nz. 2 Cupula light $695 from Bianca Lorenne, biancalorenne.co.nz. 3 Ely­sium Ring Pen­dant by Ti­mothy Oul­ton from $11,845 from Daw­son & Co, daw­so­nandco.nz. 4 Hilo chan­de­lier POA from The Light­ing Cen­tre, nli.co.nz. 5 Sky­drop’s smart ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem checks the weather re­port for you. 6 Everly col­lec­tion glass pen­dants by Kichler Light­ing POA from Vogue Light­ing, nli.co.nz. 7 Madi­son lamp by Light Point Copen­hagen POA from De­sign Den­mark, de­sign­den­mark.co.nz. 5


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