New collaboration between PSLAB and Softroom architects for the British Film Institute:
“For the British Film Institute’s new restaurant and lounge, Stephen Street Kitchen, designed in collaboration with Benugo and built by Softroom, .PSLAB sought to craft a lighting experience tantamount to the BFI’s legacy. The elegant, white-and-brass insertions, custom-designed and fabricated by .PSLAB, evoke the essential origins of cinema: the play of light and space. In concert with the space’s rugged concrete ceiling, raw hardwood floor, and streamlined furniture, .PSLAB’s lighting intervention shades and tones the mis en scene of this historic institution.
The fixtures on the columns in the BFI lounge, which feature both in the interior of the building and on the exterior façade, were produced using a craftsmanship developed by the .PSLAB design team, which follows a manual, recto/verso bending technique applied to corrugated brass sheets. The resulting cylinders are given a powder- coated exterior finish, while the natural brass interiors reflect a burnished glow. These pieces are finally hinge- mounted to the columns, providing the space with a modular aspect, allowing the light scheme to be subtly manipulated according to the desired mood.
The design of these cylinders is echoed in the large separators placed between the couch seating booths. Utilizing a smaller-scale version of the column pieces, these table lamps are finished in brass and are outfitted with a custom black base, lending a touch of noir ambiance to the dining experience.
The corrugated drum finds a third iteration in the meeting room lighting, in which the cylinders are affixed directly to the ceiling in quadruplets. The combined effect of .PSLAB’s three pieces in the space is one that compliments and extends the art of light that the BFI has made its mission to preserve”.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 26 August, 2014
Margje Teeuwen and Erwin Zwiers have collaborated to create Proplamp, a lamp made from a biodegradable non-woven material that you can ‘crush’ to tailor-make your own design.
Since the beginning of her design career, Margje Teeuwen has been fascinated by the beauty of shapes that originate by crumbling paper for many years. They already resulted in a collection of lights 5 years ago.
Her encounter with designer Erwin Zwiers, formed a new source of inspiration. Always experimenting with new materials, he came across a multifunctional non woven plastic, which was ideal for designing a light. So independent from oneanother, they were working on a similar light-object and instead of competing they decided to join forces.
The result of their collaboration is a unique product. A lamp in the shape of a crumbled piece of paper, made of biodegradable nonwoven material. Each lamp is pre-shaped by Margje and Erwin, but the unique features of the material allow the lamp to be reshaped over and over again, by the new owner. It enables anyone to tailor the shape of “proplamp” to their wishes.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 12 August, 2014
A pendant light fixture, which derives its form from the process of understanding the materials’ organic characteristics. Each fixture is unique in its form, color, lamination and its effect on the space it is located in. Designed by Israeli design studio named Matka.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 30 July, 2014
New York-based lighting brand Niche Modern, has launched the Crystalline Series of geometrical lighting which features four glass pendants – Axia, Calla, Delinea, and Trove. Each of the pieces is beautiful on its own but a combination of them all is a total winner!
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 23 July, 2014
Pestrin,pendant light by Venice-based young designer Nicolò Zavagno whose name derives from the Venetian dialect indicating the place where milk used to be distributed. The shape of the lamp remembers in fact the container used to carry the milk from the “pestrin” back to the house. The use of porcelain and wood takes back to ancient traditions that melt with a minimal and contemporary design whose finish in different colors, diffuses warmth in your environments.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 21 July, 2014
The Drop Top Lamp Shade by UK based Plumen is a hand-blown tinted glass shade that softens the brightness from side views, whilst allowing the unique Plumen bulb form to be seen and enjoyed. Surfaces beneath are still illuminated fully, making this a beautiful, yet practical shade for countless applications.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 14 July, 2014
Italian designer Tommaso Scaldera created a beautiful minimalist lamp for Milan-based design brand Incipit. The Tull Lamp, is a lamp of simple and refined design, available in two models, floor or pendant. Its design is a contemporary reinterpretation of the old lamps that are usually found in workshops. Thanks to the metal cage, the light creates spectacular shadow effects.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 7 July, 2014