When the “Salone del Mobile” arrives everyone knows “novelties” are on their way, the odd thing is that “novelties” never come alone, (despite the secrecy of the companies and the early rise of trends) when you see a “new object” there is always a twin sister around and some cousins, spy cases or trend sharing?
In any case, this time we are talking about light and interference, fragmentation, and magnification. Lamps with lenses, textured surfaces that enhance light or just give fancy decorations.
Among the different examples there is an important one, in which light is really enhanced by Fresnel lenses: Hope, by Francisco Gomez Paz and Paolo Rizzatto, for Luceplan, a modular “not crystal” chandelier, made in polycarbonate film.
Why is Hope listed within our Environ-Mentally category? Very simple, although I’m not a friend of plastic, Hope’s packaging is very compact due to the modularity of its components and the weight being reduced to the minimum. Something else, it fits different light bulbs, encouraging the use of energy saving ones; the result is better than ever, thanks to the thoughtful design the quality of light is not lessened by the use of these bulbs but is just as pleasant as we hope.
-Another example is Ross Lovegrove and his “Cosmic” lamps/sculptures for Artemide
-Two noteworthy installations:
Swarovsky’s stand in Euroluce, a interactive combination of crystals, light and colour.
And coming soon… the Organic LED, but for now just some pictures.