Archives for category: Light

Marc Trotereau’s WireShades are more sculpture than shade like, nestling into crannies, hugging wall corners and dropping from the ceiling. The lampshade becomes a unique object, and can by custom made for any type of space. The traditional method of producing lampshades is based on brazing metal rods; a relatively flexible and easy process. Marc Trotereau has challenged this design norm via the creation of a jig, which makes it possible to braze three metal rods together at the same time (see pics below), enabling the production of three-dimensional cubical shapes. The frames are then covered with corrugated plastic or ‘Correx’, a flame retardant and antistatic material. What a result. I particularly love how Trotereau wraps the structure around corners. The result is akin to some forgein matter, secretly observing the world from above.

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Bocci, a contemporary design and manufacturing house based in Vancouver, Canada was founded by Omer Arbel in 2005. His conceptual approach has birthed a unique and striking collection of lighting, furniture, electrical accessories and objects. Their lighting design I am a particular fan of (see images below) and their installation at the V&A for the 2013 London Design Festival was awe inspiring (see video)

Bocci operates as a community of designers, architects, craftspeople, technicians, agents, governance bodies, testing facilities, raw materials suppliers and fine shops. Their aim is to build a network of talent unified in creating high quality, practical and aesthetically innovative consumer goods.

Bocci is committed to manufacturing at their Vancouver factory which reinforces their aim for community moving towards a common goal. The glass blowing studio, office, warehouse and design studio are all in the same location; Bocci employees walk through the factory floor to get to their desks. I just love this and vision for myself the same working environment.

Bocci offers consultation, design, and fabrication services for custom chandeliers of unlimited configuration – from petite to linear to oversized chandeliers. “Our custom capacity is infinite.”

I have pasted the following images below for your viewing pleasure. In my humble opinion, their work is not just lighting design, but art.

For more information, check them out at http://bocci.ca/

teamLab is a Tokyo based group of multi-disciplinarians including programmers, user-interface engineers, mathematicians, CG animators, architects, designers, artists and editors. teamLab’s eclectic mix of professionals have fused their respectice skills to create a new art installation.

Homogenizing and Transforming World is part of the exhibition Distilling Senses: A Journey through Art and Technology in Asian Contemporary Art, at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. An all encompasing maze of giant suspended orbs, each engineered to morph in hue depending on how it is treated, communicate to each other via wireless connection. They change color and emit different sounds when touched by visitors or bump into each other or other objects. The orbs send color information to other orbs which then spread the information to furhter orbs, changing all the orbs to the same color, representing the spread of information between individuals on the internet. The piece is a metaphor for the internet and globalization in general.

You can see the installation in action via the following video:

Scandi chap, Eric Therner, has designed these retro yet romantic diamond light bulbs. I just love them. On his website, Therner states that he “like(s) to think of Diamond lights as a structure, with a function”. Agreed.  This product looks as good switched on as switched off. No shade required is a requirement here. Let those damn fine angles flaunt themselves.

diamonds! diamonds! diamonds!Diamond Lights | Designed by Eric Therner

http://www.erictherner.com/box.html

Lyon based designer Olivier Abry, founded Wo & Wé in 2010, a design studio producing striking handmade lamps by restoring and re-assembling vintage industrial components. The self-titled “light creator-assembler”, Abry’s work is made up of single and double armed as well as adjustable articulated wall and ceiling lights.  

Industrial, recycled and minimalist. Design heaven.

Check his blog http://lewoandwe.blogspot.fr/ and the collection’s website http://woandwecollection.blogspot.co.uk/