We're back from Milan with a whole load of impressions for you – in particular in the form of our substantial overview of the latest trends from the lighting-design sector. And for those of you who were unable to make it in mid-April to the Italian design capital, we've put together the highlights of the Milan fair in our extensive photo tour containing more than 2800 pictures.
By the way: Architonic presented the new Best Sofa & Armchair Design App in Milan, which you can now download for free.
But first a brief overview of the contents of our April Newsletter:
Lux Redux: Euroluce 2013
Architonic Photo Tours Milano 2013
Inspiring Search Results N°16: Lounge chairs with footstools
Inspiring Spaces N°8: Living areas
The Most Recent Projects From Our 'Architecture & Design' Library
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The trade show architects and designers have been waiting for
Taking place at ExCeL London from 19-21 May, four design trade events combine to form The May Design Series: DX, a celebration of pioneering design excellence; INTERIORS LDN, the best contemporary British and international design in furniture and interiors; The ARC Show, the finest architectural and decorative lighting, and kbb LDN, innovative design in the kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms industry. Source the best product for your global projects in one definitive destination. Leading brands to check out include Ligne Roset, Rolf Benz, Poggenpohl, Alchemy Design and iGuzzini. For your free ticket, go to the link below and register using the code MDS32.
There’s something contradictory about lighting design. It occupies itself with the giving of form to objects whose primary purpose, as sources of illumination, is to produce something immaterial and without substance: light. The result of this function is, however, to allow us a greater legibility of our everyday environment, to see more – and, by extension, to see more objects. Lighting, you could argue, is the most fundamental object type within the designed material landscape, aiding as it does a greater sensory perception of what lies around us.
Daniel Becker’s highly graphic ‘Sparks’ modular lighting system for Quasar, with its two-and three-pronged LED lighting elements, is infinitely configurable, creating a striking spatial intervention
The senses were certainly fully engaged at last week’s 2013 edition of Euroluce – its 27th – the international biennale for lighting manufacturing that rides pillion with the Milan Salone del Mobile, offering as it did a confident and exhaustive product presentation. Four halls at the Milan fairgrounds saw well over 300 exhibitors – both big-name brands and smaller labels, as well as designer-producers – show a proliferation of technologically led, formally bold lights and lighting systems for a range of interior and exterior applications, in both contract and domestic contexts.
Yonoh studio’s ‘Chou’ lamp for LZF substitutes veneer wood for paper in its Suzie-Wong-inspired design
It comes as little surprise that LED – with all its rapidly changing technological possibilities – was to be found everywhere, the responses to just what to do with such a creative opportunity as diverse as the multitude of LED-element products that have hit the market of late. Rethink the way lamps should look, moving beyond existing typologies, or retro-fit existing, much-loved designs with LED? Both avenues seemed to be explored by exhibitors at Euroluce.
Strong formal design statements were much in evidence – this certainly wasn’t a fair characterised by discretion – with emphatic, quasi-sculptural forms of lamps counterbalancing the reduction in the size of the lighting elements themselves, while there was a strong presence of outdoor lighting products.
The definitively titled ‘TheLight’ pendant lamp by Cristian Cubiñá for Alma Light tips its hat in formal terms to Art Deco, while being thoroughly contemporary in its use of sandblasted methacrylate for its multiple shades
Meanwhile, a number of exhibitors presented designs by internationally renowned architects, which serve, among other things, as stylistic continuations of their recognisable signature design vocabularies. The mutual benefits to such collaborations are clear. And perhaps it’s a sign of the somewhat straitened times that we live in that a number of manufacturers exhibited systems that were to a greater or lesser extent modular. Buy now. Add to later.
This year’s edition of Milan’s Salone del Mobile is one of the busiest we’ve seen in the last few years, posing an ever greater challenge for those who want to see it all. With its innumerable coinciding events, exhibitions, shows, launches and lunches, getting to see everything Milan has to offer during the manic week that is Design Week requires a team, like our team, of intrepid design seekers to capture the essence (it’s near impossible to catch it all). Here are our Facebook photo galleries with impressions from the 345,000 m2 of The Fiera fairground.
Euroluce is the international trade show for lighting which takes place every other year during Salone del Mobile in Milan. Here are our five Facebook photo galleries where we showcase lighting novelties for 2013 from the top brands.
SaloneUfficio is the new name of Eimu, the biennial international workspace exhibition held at the same time as Salone del Mobile at the Fiera fairground during Milan Design Week. Held on odd-numbered years along with the Euroluce lighting exhibition, SaloneUfficio counts about 150 exhibitors occupying nearly 20,000 square metres of display space. Architonic was there to get a glimpse of the office of the future.
Our final two Facebook photo tours from Milan are of the 15th edition of Salone Satellite, an exhibition of “the most promising young designers from all over the world” says show organizer Cosmit. Of note, much of what is presented are prototypes seeking producers, and many of the participating designers go on to eventually become important figures in the world of design. Enjoy!
Urban Retreat: Humans and interiors in harmony with nature
Bringing nature inside – with the perfectly designed, modular flooring Urban Retreat collection, Interface fulfills one of humans’ deepest desires of living in harmony with nature – scientifically known as biophilia. The collection’s three characteristic designs create an absolutely unique atmosphere. The palette of colours reflect the heart of biophilic design with elements of old rocks, forests, and savannah grasses. The scenelessly interlocking patterns evoke a sense of braids at stone walls or moss-covered branches. Urban Retreat offers an array of possibilities bringing nature inside.
Following the outstanding success of ARCHITECT@WORK in many other countries (Belgium, France, UK, Germany, the Netherlands and China) this unique event comes to Switzerland for the first time on 15 and 16 May.
ARCHITECT@WORK organizes specially tailored contact days for architects, interior architects, designers and other consultants with a focus on innovation. Presenting over 150 novelties, carefully selected by a judging panel of architects and interior architects.
Register for free with code AT545 at the link below!
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