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A DESIGNFORWARD Approach To Lighting

“Light and shadow are the first and most essential materials the world offers to architecture to grant meaning to space and transform it into a specific place.”
—Giovanni Maria Filindeu

Lighting lends ambiance to a room, gives us the ability to see clearly, and can change a mood. Lighting, and how it is communicated, is one of the most essential elements inside a modern home.

The evolution of light has rapidly progressed in a short amount of time. From incandescent to fluorescent to LED, bulb technology is only improving with energy-saving advances and changes in form. Lighting is not only becoming more functional, it’s driven by design and presented as art or sculpture.

The Salone del Mobile in Milan is a yearly exhibition for designers, and features incredible imaginings of DESIGNFORWARD lights from around the world. Attendees have come to expect lighting displays worthy of art.

This year, Ingo Maurer revealed the Yoruba Rose, a graceful table light made from delicate pleated Japanese paper, emitting a soft light upon a room. In great contrast, the German designer also introduced Blow Me Up – a practical and industrial-looking LED light enclosed by an inflatable tube that can be rested against a wall or hung from a ceiling.

Similar in form to Blow Me Up, StickBulb is an innovative and understated strip of LED light utilizing energy-saving technology. It’s also environmentally conscious, as the structure is made from salvaged wood. The StickBulb may be used as one or arranged in a group of playful lights.

Other notable designs include Circus by Resident, an installation of interconnected rings that hang from the ceiling, and AlDecimo by Panzen, a wall-integrated sconce that radiates a sliver of light from a wall or pops out to provide a brighter ambiance.

Vancouver-based Bocci worked with the properties of glass for their pendant Bocci 87 Series by Omer Arbel. Long sections of glass were pulled, folded, and looped, trapping air and adding texture to create a pearlescent finish. Inspiration and technique were gleaned from noodle-makers.

Even Dyson, known for innovative vacuums, is getting into the lighting game. They have designed a multi-purpose pendant light that directs beams both up and down. Adjustable shutters give users the flexibility to change the size and intensity of the light. Azure Magazine describes the technology: “Six vacuum-sealed copper tubes each contain a drop of water that transfers heat away from the light source and dissipates it evenly through visible aluminum fins – essentially the light’s wings. There is an endless cycle of heating and cooling going on, in which the water turns to vapour and then condenses.” This revolutionary invention means fewer LED bulbs are used for the same amount of illumination.

To learn more about the advances in lighting technology and design, read this article at Dezeen.

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