Work of Light from design-conscious

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    Some new lighting products from Foscarini, available through UK distributor design-conscious, are definitely making a concerted move away from the tradition archetype of light fittings, where a table lamp must have a base and a shade and are moving more towards being designed as a work of art or sculpture. Obviously new light sources, and in particular LED, is breaking down the traditional barriers to shape the profile of lights that have previously been limited by bulky incandescent and even bulkier fluorescent sources.A beautiful example of utilising LED into a sculptural form is the new Anisha light designed by formidable design team of Studio Lievore Altherr Molina.

    This table lamp conceals the LED light source on the underside at the top of the form. This relinquishes the need for a shade and the fluid organic shape of the body itself couldn’t be further from the standard lamp base. The openness of the shape casts a beautiful shadow whilst still effectively lighting the surface of the table. The design embraces the idea of the full and the empty; an object of nothingness, yet fulfilling its purpose with grace and style. Sculptural essence you will fall in love with at first sight.

    To complete its minimal essence, the Anisha light has a touch switch integrated into its shape that responds to the simple touch of a finger. It is available in two sizes and two colours: white and red.

    The inspiration behind the new Fold wall light designed by Odoardo Fioravanti is the ancient art of paper folding Origami.

    Folding a sheet of paper means transforming a two dimensional entity into something 3 dimensional with just a simple gesture.

    Fold is a simple form that conceals the light source whilst projecting a direct light upwards and reflecting light off the wall.

    Fold is both a serviceable and decorative wall light, even when switched off. The light has a simple aesthetic that is highlighted by the pure white colour of the polycarbonate shade. Available with a choice of halogen or fluorescent source.

    The Maki suspension light is also influenced by the simplicity of a sheet of paper. Designed by Nendo the inspiration came from rolling two sheets of paper together. The result is a form that resembles a seashell or a flower; a simple poetic shape.

    The light is constructed from two sheets of aluminium, creating an effect that is dynamic yet soft.

    While most of the light is cast directly downwards as a soft beam, a little light also filters through the edges, highlighting the curves, giving Maki a charming effect.

    Position alone, in groups, or in linear compositions over tables and bar counters, Maki is available in white and grey in a satin finish.

    For more information on our stylish lighting ranges, including Maki suspension light, please contact us. For project quantities of 50 lamps or more special colours can be accommodated to your specification.

    Daniel Fountain / 26.01.2012

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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