07 Sep 2021 • Lighting
Milan Design Week: New innovations in lighting design
We share ten luminaires on show this week that illuminate a new future for the world of lighting.
A series of opal-blown glass diffusers comprise Ihana, a lighting collection designed by Finnish architect Joanna Laajisto for Marset. These curvaceous forms contrast with the linear metal structures they stem from – each of the supports can be extended to incorporate up to 14 luminaires, and different sizes are available. Ihana also boasts dim to warm technology for lighting adjusted to any scenario.
Oplight speaks to its creator Jasper Morrison’s design philosophy – a practice which includes ‘refining archetypes to create a “perfect normality”’. Powered by a board of LEDs, the Flos wall lamp has a shell crafted from die-cast aluminium. The finish range includes textured white, textured metallic gray, textured anthracite and satin black. Morrison and Flos have envisaged the luminaire to fit in ‘as many different architectural atmospheres as possible’.
Three sinuous large fans intersect to give shape to Luceplan’s new Marco Spatti-designed chandelier Levante. The lightweight, thin planes, which are attached to the core with magnets, call to mind the texture and fragility of rice paper, yet they are washable, recyclable and sturdy. Levante is offered in two iterations, the first one m wide and the other 60 cm.
Two parallel discs and a metal stem: these are the components of Dot, Lumina’s latest pendant light. Conceived by Foster + Partners, the matte-white luminaire reflects an innovative approach to lens technology and temperature transfer. Its smaller disc is affixed with a ring of LEDs that bounce light off of the larger one, while a custom heat-pipe effectively transfers heat into the reflector’s sink.
Available in appliques or suspension lamps, Thula merges architectural appeal with natural finishes. The Tooy light’s body incorporates either Canaletto walnut, bleached oak or quilted leather, and a dimmable linear LED is responsible for spatial illumination. Designer Federica Biasi sees the light as an ideal solution for residential, contract and hospitality spaces alike.
The work of Danish design pair Ahm & Lund, the Fritz Hansen Clam pendant takes cues from the aquatic world, as its name implies. Light a pearl that beams out from the ‘shells’, Clam’s geometric body is a glossy, elegant white. Brass finishes and a black suspension cord round out the minimalistic elegance of the design.
One of the featured collections in the exhibition Belgium is Design, architect Olivier Vitry’s Rainbow collection celebrates the interaction of light, colour and form. Two glass tubes have slots that hold vibrant filters, which users can insert to create illusions to their liking – Vitry champions designs allows people to ‘take possession, develop and finalize the object according to [their] own desires.’
Panter&Tourron teamed up with laminate manufacturer Abet on .6MM, an interactive installation centred on two smart light fixtures. The designers utilized Abet’s laminate as a capacitive surface, milling the material to a thickness that enables direct electrical conduction between the two sides. The pieces are fitted with an LED element and a reprogrammable printed circuit board connected to a large touch-dimmer.
Edizione Luzzo is an exclusive iteration of Occhio’s Mito series, developed specifically for Milan Design Week. Characterized by fine, natural materials like ascot leather, solid marble, black phantom and marble, the line communicates subtle glamour. Mito’s arc, pendant and ceiling luminaires can all be updated through the lens of Edizione Luzzo’s ‘six curated style worlds’ – tasteful combinations of these materials and sleek finishes.
On display at the Rossana Orlandi gallery, the No Title lamp by Mayice was born from a careful study of light and its reflections. Handcrafted in Spain, the piece’s body is a single circular glass diffuser painted white. It suspends beam in the air, resulting in three illuminating states: ‘concave inflection, multiple reflection and ray of light’. Each No Title light is unique and numbered.