The 2013 Euroluce exhibition during Milan Design Week featured striking light installations that balance high technology with emotive aesthetics and intangibility with functionality. These might seem like opposing concepts, but they are two faces of the same coin. This year designers showcased an incredible range of energy-efficient lights that open new possibilities for the timeless interplay between light and shadow – read on for a first look!
French company Blackbody was founded by Bruno Dussert-Vidalet and Alessandro Dolcetta and launched in 2010. Their designs blend poetry and technology, aesthetics and innovation – and they often make use of OLED technology. At Euroluce they unveiled a striking installation created using I.Rain, a new OLED pendant lamp by Thierry Gaugain.
Empatia by Carlotta De Bevilacqua and Paola di Arianello for Artemide is a typical example of the “Made in Italy” approach to design, since it blends LED technology with the Venetian glassmaker craftsmanship. Every light diffuser is handblown by an Italian artisan, so each one is unique.
Canadian lighting company Bocci and its creative director Omer Arbel unveiled its new 57 Series at Euroluce, in addition to a stunning 38 Series chandelier that fuses blown glass, copper tubing, and living plants!
Natural materials and handmade production techniques took center stage at the Philippine design exhibition, which was featured for the first time at Euroluce. It was organized by The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), which is the export and marketing arm of the Philippine department of Trade and Industry.
Practical, portable and rechargeable – these are the main features of Koho, a brand new outdoor lamp by Finnish designer Mika Tolvanen for FontanaArt. The small, simple and very functional lamp lasts for seven hours on a single charge and it comes in three colors – blue, grey, and yellow.
Jonathan and Seth of Graypants are not simply designers – they prefer to be called “problem solvers,” as they follow three simple rules: dream, scribble and make. Their Scraplights collection exemplifies their design philosophy, as it is made of salvaged, laser-cut cardboard and non-toxic adhesives.
Ingo Maurer unveiled his LED LightStructure, which is marked by its geometric pattern and minimalistic touch. The six tubes composing LightStructure are connected and held in tension by insulated wires. The lamp is available in two versions: a suspended pendant and a table lamp.
Nendo unveiled its first collection for the Spanish company Vibia. Their Nuno (‘fabric’ in Japanese) lamps are covered with several layers of linen, creating a soft and decorative lighting system. Nuno fuses natural materials, levity and minimalism with an oriental touch. The collection includes six different pendant fixtures, two table models and two standing lamps.
The Wireflow collection by French designer Arik Levy for Vibia is a contemporary reinterpretation of classical luminaires created by using just two elementary components: a thin black rod and LED lamps. The result is ethereal and sculptural, geometric and fluid.
Arihiro Miyake was inspired by Japanese culture and natural elements when creating these lamps for Nemo. The collection is called “Into the Wind,” and the lamps look as if they’ve been shaped by gusts and gales over the passing of time. The lamps are available in suspended and standing models.
Klint is a lighting sculpture by Italian designer and art director Umberto Asnago for Penta Light that blends an elegant glass structure with an LED light source.
Photos by Silvia Perfetti for Inhabitat