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