“The Empire of Light” is all about light and its power. Shadows and reflections, darkness and sudden flashes stretch the imagination to its most surreal limit. Magritte’s visionary genius also offers the starting point for our latest design story. Alessandro Zambelli has conceived “Woodspot” for Mantua-based furnisher Seletti. The item is one of the previews of the Mantua-based company’s presence at the next edition of Maison et Objet, scheduled for 5 to 9 September 2014.
Zambelli’s new work is a table lamp assembled and varnished entirely by hand. Joined to the moulded support are a base and a light diffuser, both in pine with a natural finish. The diffuser itself is available in ivory white, flesh pink or pastel green. The base rests at an angle, like the prop of a photo frame. It supports a light diffuser with the unexpected look of a three-dimensional frame, projected to the boundary of unreality. The object’s highly unusual profile stands out. This is an iconic shape, which imposes itself on space. The emerging beam lightens the solid materiality of the wood and casts a warm and compact pool of light in the surrounding darkness. It may seem a figment of the imagination, yet it remains firmly anchored in a quintessentially material reality.
There is nothing schematic about Alessandro Zambelli’s new design, for this is a tale of the unexpected. Woodspot simultaneously surprises, fascinates and enchants, because it conceals something mysterious within itself. This visionary synthesis of material, light and shade blurs the boundaries of everything. Like the Magritte painting, it is a recomposition by different rules which sidestep convention. The result is a new and unusual ideal of beauty.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 18 June, 2014
A/STUDIO have designed MIKA 350, a pendant lamp made from granite and wood.
Designed by A\STUDIO, the MIKA 350 is a pendant lamp inspired by the pallozas houses of the ancient Celtic forts that were built in Galicia from 6th century BC.
The design pays homage to the architectural tradition by using the same granite and wood composition.
The result is a minimalist yet organic object that easily compliments both traditional and modern interiors.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 16 June, 2014
The Trace 1, an affordable pendant by Blu Dot will be stunning above the kitchen island – “A subtly tinted glass shade rests on a metal pendant to create a simple, yet eye-catching interplay between two materials and forms. Three finishes to choose from to suit nearly any space. Mounts to ceiling”.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 10 June, 2014
We’re about to shed some light–no pun!–on the newest trend in home decor: LED Lighting. Not only do LED fixtures cut down on energy bills, but they epitomize stylish lighting. From table lamps to dining room chandeliers and beyond, LED lighting is available in a multitude of designs.
Here are a few perks of this progressive ‘bright idea’ in lighting:
Next: LED is considered the next generation of lighting. From family homes to corporate offices across the globe, this energy-efficient lighting is becoming ever-popular. LED lighting is quite savvy–it lights up a room magnificently, yet does it at a slow, steady and cost-saving pace.
Lifespan: An LED bulb has a much longer lifespan than a traditional bulb so replacement–and hassles–are lessened.
Style: Whether minimalist, classic or modern, companies like Lampwise offer LED lighting in a plethora of fixture designs. Think sleek strip lighting, wall sconces or drum-shade pendants–just about any look can be transformed into an energy-efficient LED splendor.
Options: The beauty of LED lighting is how it can truly create an entirely new vibe for your interior or exterior space. Imagine a back-lit living room wall which perfectly displays your collections, or a pool patio bordered by a soft glow at dusk. The options are both spectacular and endless.
Outdoor Led Light
Hue: Like a rainbow spectrum, LED lighting is offered in a variety of colors like blue, green, purple and even degrees of white. Some systems such as those designed for flooring and pools, are dynamic, changing colors automatically. Talk about a showstopper!
So whether your LED lighting integration remains more traditional simply by way of bulbs or edgy with an artistic custom system for your entire living space, this eco-fabulous lighting alternative is an ideal for today’s modern living.
Posted by Suzanne at 6 June, 2014
A pendant lamp doesn’t have to take on a specific shape. The label’s spindly, slender Stick Pendant cuts a sleek, unimposing figure in kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms—it’s only when switched on that its beautifully minimalistic form comes into full view.
Made of wood and powder-coated steel, the lamp’s successful design is shown through its evident, careful simplicity.
Designer : Nicolo Zavagno
The price is approx. $250 per unit.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 5 June, 2014
These quirky paper bag lamps features a cutout of an iconic light fixture, from a candelabrum to an oil lamp. The energy-saving light bulb casts a warm yellow glow through the translucent cutouts.
The idea for the original Bagalight was born through wanting to create a product using an everyday item that normally wouldn’t be considered to have any real value.
By designing simple cut-outs on the inside of the bag Liqui have created a really unusual lighting solution that not only challenges people’s preconceptions of value in design but is also environmentally friendly – designed to only be used with energy-saving bulbs and made entirely from paper and card. This pendant light comes in a variety of different styles – as does the table lamp version: the Bagalight 2.
Buy it here.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 4 June, 2014
This dramatic fixture, the Pivot Cable Chandelier by Los Angeles studio Brendan Ravenhill combines the tensegrity form of Brendan Ravenhill Cord Chandeliers with the spun shade and cast collars of their Pivot series. The effect is striking, with the adjustable shades hovering in space as the simple armature all but disappears. This chandelier large size is best suited for big rooms or entrance lobbies. Each chandelier is built to order in our Los Angeles studio and breaks down for easy shipping.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 30 May, 2014