Milan’s Salone del
Mobile is probably the most significant week in the annual design calendar,
held every April and always packed with new product launches and new ideas.
Every other year the Salone features Euroluce, featuring the best of
international design in lighting. Here’s our editor’s pick of 10 of the best
from Euroluce … Fixtures that can hang alone or cluster for more impact were something of a theme at Euroluce. Here is the Artés collection from the British luxury pendant manufacturer CTO Lighting; an architectural beam of light is fused with premium materials such as bronze, satin brass and honed alabaster to create an elegant piece that can be used as a single pendant or as a group. Three widths are available – 600, 900 and 1200cm – and there are matching wall and floor-standing units. Information here, and CTO’s UAE agent is IHDG Furniture Trading in Dubai. Architect/designer David Thulstrup, a rising star in Scandinavian design, has created a radical new illumination system for Noma, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen. It was on the XAL stand with a demonstration ‘light menu’ for restaurants: “experience four different moods paired with our selection of wine and snacks and discover how light evokes our senses”. The system Thulstrup designed “adapts” to the food being served on the plate – or more specifically to the style of menu or the time of day. As XAL puts it: “with just the right light, you can elevate any indulgence to the next level. This is the key to a successful restaurant concept. After all, we experience ambience and good taste on all levels. Taste the light!” XAL Middle East is in Dubai: contact details here. Secto Design is a Finnish company that specialises in handcrafted lighting designs by the award winning architect Seppo Koho, all using locally sourced PEFC certified birch wood that provides a soft luminosity for atmosphere and appeal. There are more than 25 different models at present, including a Euroluce debut for the latest addition to the collection, the Octo Small 4241 pendant. This measures 55cm high by 45cm in diameter; it looks good individually or as a group. Information here. Hoxton is a classic example of modern British styling, designed by Steve Jones and James Bartlett for their design brand Innermost. It’s a curvilinear pendant light with three angled facets in spun aluminium, creating a simple yet striking aesthetic. The range is named for the Hoxton area of London, a location distinguished by innovation and re-invention. Say the designers: “Despite changing trends the area retains a solid sense of identity and functionality, which inspired this collection, also reminiscent of industrial building machinery”. The pendants come in two diameter options – Hoxton 50 for larger spaces, Hoxton 17, perfect for bar counter tops and clusters – and can be supplied in Solid Brass, in spun aluminium finished in Dark Teal, Forest Green or Brick Red, or in textured Black or White with a contrasting Antique Gold interior. Innermost is here. Montreal-based Gabriel Scott showed the Luna chandelier, an unusually customisable system that allows for several different vertical and horizontal configurations. Inspired by a lunar halo, the modular fixture can grow in every direction as its assembly system stems horizontally or vertically, stacking colour upon colour of various blown glass shapes of frosted and pink glass with bronze and satin copper hardware. The result is a highly flexible and radically different fixture, seen here in a three-tier configuration. Information here. The young Spanish brand Marset introduced several new lines at Euroluce, including its latest pendant lamp Bohemia. Designed by the company’s creative director, Joan Gaspar, Bohemia appears at first glance to be made of blown glass – but its size made this option untenable. Gaspar opted for polycarbonate instead, and the result is an exciting, organic, translucent profile that integrates two volumes into a single shape. This allows for a large shade in different colours with a white interior that produces impeccable lighting with no colour bleed. When it’s on, the Bohemia shines a white light downward while at the same time offering subtle hues and shadows from the shade, an interplay between shadow and light that defines the two volumes. Information here. Musa is a collection of wall and table lamps designed by Kristoffer Fagerström and Charlotte Ackerman of the Stockholm collective Note Design Studio for Vibia, the Barcelona-based architectural lighting company. Musa’s simple silhouette consists of two ovals: the circular aluminium bowl and the milky-white hand-blown opal glass shade with an LED bulb. Musa’s warm reflection is enhanced by a choice of subtle, earth-tone finishes: white, salmon, and mink. The result is all about delicacy and subtlety. Information here. Louis Poulsen highlighted some of its work with Danish design legends, but also debuted its first collaboration with the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson – the OE Quasi pendant. Fascinated by the intersection between mathematics, engineering and biology, Eliasson refined the idea of a spherical lamp into a dodecahedron (12 pentagonal faces) made of polycarbonate and serving as a reflector, embedded in an aluminium icosahedron (20 triangular faces) with an LED light housed in each of its vertices. The result is a soft, warm, non-dazzling light that changes depending on where you look at it. “Normally you would have a structure on the inside surrounded by a soft skin cladding the light,” says Eliasson. “My ambition was to reverse this, so you first see the outer structure holding the lamp together, with the soft reflecting material on the inside. Presenting the structure in this way also feels more honest, more revealing.” Louis Poulsen is here; its UAE distributor is Scientechnic. One of six new collections from Axolight to be shown at Euroluce, Manto was designed by Davide Besozzi for the Italian company. The collection of suspended lamps contains an LED light source diffused through blown opaline glass; it’s supported by a telescopic arm that protrudes from a painted steel cylinder. Steel tie rods support a white stretch fabric laid horizontally on a metal ring. Using the telescopic arm, the diffuser can moved in different positions – upwards, leaving it suspended at a distance from the elastic fabric, or downwards, so that the body touches or immerses into the fabric under tension. The shape of the lamp and the light diffusion varies with each mutual position of these elements. Manto is available in three sizes (diameters of 70, 120 and 180 cm). Information here. A new collection from Australian studio Articolo Lighting, Scandal is a collection of pendants and wall sconces that features a barrel-like cuff inlaid with Antique Brass Mesh or Latte Leather. Scandal’s elongated proportions are capped end-to-end by rounded glass (frosted or clear fluted) that contains the LED light source. Exemplifying the quiet brilliance of artisanal glass and metalwork, Scandal casts a slim and finely considered light. Information here.