Shibori Fabric Light

Shibori Fabric Light

This line of lamps by designer Hiroyuki Murase for Suzusan Luminaires combines soft luminescence and textile art to produce refined pieces of light artwork. The collection’s lamp shades are produced using an age-old traditional Japanese technique called shibori in which cloth is patterned by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, and compressing it. The result is tridimensional artworks of light with a truly sophisticated look.

0 Designer: Hiroyuki Murase

Techno-Organic Lighting

Techno-Organic Lighting

This new collection of suspended LED lamps by Integral Studio Vinaccia utilize an overlay of hard wooden slats to create volume and soft familiar shapes. A cloud of wood blades form the Cumulus lamp as it seemingly floats while spreading soft light and the Frame lamp’s wood slats hold an interchangeable central screen that casts elaborate shadows on the surrounding space. The entire collection is available in natural wood, or painted white or black.

0 Designer: Giulio & Valerio Vinaccia

Dangle Lamp

Dangle Lamp

This friendly looking lamp by Enrico Salis supports a single shelf for books and other objects while it’s adjustable upper arm holds a paper chandelier- almost as if it’s presenting an offering of light to the user. The adjustable upper arm  can be set in two positions while the electrical wire remains hidden within the simple but rigid supporting structure.  This straightforward design makes a great lighting solution bedside or near a comfy chair; perfect for late night reading.

0 Designer: Enrico Salis

Liquid to Light

Liquid to Light

Designer Ed Chew takes a green step in the right direction with the TetraBox lamp, a light object made from discarded drink packets that would have otherwise ended up in landfills already packed to the brim. The design is achieved by unfolding the packets and refolding them into hexagonal and pentagonal sections that are then pieced together to form a geodesic sphere or any other desired shape. Here, the Epcot-like ball makes an attractive overhead light and casts an impressive web of shadows and shapes on the surrounding space.

0 Designer: Ed Chew

Lamp with No Joints or Screws

Lamp with No Joints or Screws

The Tweety table lamp, designed by Bonaguro Giorgio has a simple and intuitive design, made up of two main parts – the bulb and body. These two elements are combined without using screws or joints but by simply letting the bulb hang from body, making it easy to clean, assemble and package. The lamp is made of eco-friendly polycarbonate and comes with an energy A class light bulb. It’s adorable!

0 Designer: Giorgio Bonaguro

DIY Pendant Lamp by Benjamin Hubert

DIY Pendant Lamp by Benjamin Hubert

Benjamin Hubert is at it again, this time with a DIY pendant lamp series called Roofer for Fabbian. Inspired by roof tiles in Marrakech; you “shingle” up a circular steel frame. The tiles come in various colors enabling the consumer to customize their own design. The tiles are made of silicon polymer, flexible enough to form around a compound curvature framework while allowing some light to pass through. Even within each color group, I love the gradation. Truly this is a lamp about options. Brills!

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert for Fabbian

Woven Light

Woven Light

Leave the screwdriver in the toolbox. The Disque pendant lamp by Dutch designer Marc van der Voorn achieves is modest look from two translucent bowl-shaped discs that are bound together with nothing more than a thin 65 meter string (DIY people!). Weaved beautifully between the discs, the string gives a soft touch of character to an otherwise reserved design. A little alien mothership-ish, but overall quite appealing.

0 Designer: Marc van der Voorn

Efflorescent Lighting

Efflorescent Lighting

The Ilumi candle holder by Jenggala in-house designer, Fitorio Leksono, brings to life Jenggala’s best selling frangipani flower motif with majestic movements in the form of shadow puppets cast through it’s white dome. The ball shape of the holder is the union of a stoneware base glazed in stone black, and a translucent porcelain cover glazed in satin white. In the dark, Ilumi’s glowing shadows and unique details will bring nuance and warmth to your room.

0 Designer: Fitorio Leksono

Paddle Task Light Inspired by Canoe Oar

Paddle Task Light Inspired by Canoe Oar

Just ahead of its debut at Salone Del mobile, Paddle is a collection of adjustable LED task lights designed by Benjamin Hubert for Italian lighting manufacturer Fabbian. Named for a canoe blade wading through water inspired by the 360º movement; the framework is available in lacquered aluminum or warm ash timber, but both feature touch controls to adjust brightness. It’s utilitarian, architectural and tactile. Kudos Benjamin!

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert for Fabbian

Flat Is Where It's At

Flat Is Where It’s At

Gone are the days that bigger is better. Streamlined packaging designs like the flat pack Spline Light are in… for good. The simple yet elegant design of this matt black pendant light helps save on shipping costs and ease up on the environment. With an interesting shape and unique shadow-cast, it don’t look half-bad either.

0 Designer: Tom Fereday

Mod Light

Mod Light

This contemporary and functional modular lighting concept allows users to create the perfect arrangement depending on size or intention. Suspended from the ceiling or adapted to a table lamp base, the object can live 2-dimensionally or the components can be rotated and conjoined creating a unique 3-D form. I love the floating “chemical structure” look of the finished product.

0 Designer: Adam Wendel

Monocomplex

Monocomplex

I’m always on the look out for new design talent and many of them are coming from groups, like Monocomplex from South Korea. These four young designers are creating new ideas in the realms of product design, furniture and lighting. Their collaborative efforts have created some of the most interesting modern pieces I’ve seen.

0 Designer: Monocomplex

Light Baby

Light Baby

I know you’ve heard of or maybe even met the white stork, but have you heard of the black stork? It’s the inspiration behind designer Rainer Bachschmid’s “Ciconia” light. Two symmetrical segments bear a reflective stainless steel strip opposite it’s thirty LEDs seamlessly and are encased within an aluminum powder-coated body that very much resembles a beak.  This minimalist light sculpture will grace any space with luminous elegance.

0 Designer: Rainer Bachschmid