Creative lighting speaks a universal language. Italy, with its tradition of exceptional lighting design, comes naturally to mind. However there are great examples of sublimely cool and quirky light fixtures from other countries, some inspired by cultures halfway around the world, which attests to the power of the Global Village. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did researching for this blog. Drop me a line and let me know your favs!
The name of the fixture Ichi go comes from an ancient Japanese saying Ichi-Go Ichi-I that literally translates into ‘each meeting only once’. Conceptualized by British designer Freyja Sewell, the pendant fixture – initially a sealed globular unit – has to be cracked open in order to install the light bulb. The shell breaks in random patterns and the smashed pieces remain attached to the shell via hidden chains. Ichi Go captures the ephemeral nature of life’s journey and celebrates the belief that every moment of one’s existence is unique.
Light from the futuristic looking Cabildo indirectly reflects off their inner curves, highlighting the shapes of the lighting fixtures in dramatic relief. Manufactured by the Italian lighting powerhouse Artemide, the collection features ceiling, wall and floor fixtures.
Behold the Third Age of Lighting! With De(Light), Spanish product designer Cristina Ferraz deconstructs the paradigm of light generation and uses chemoluminescent reagents to create a liquid light in the bottle shown. Lasting up to 20 hours, this portable light can be shared and poured into glasses without the need of a conventionall power source, transmission and display device!
The Balloon lamp (the name is a dead giveaway) by Slovenia lighting company Vertigo Bird is a fluorescent fixture distilled to its elements. The metallic paddle leans over the cylinder to catch the light and diffuse it into a warm glow.
The lighting fixture features a stack of gilded cages with 4 black and 3 white strategically placed plastic rats. The creation of award winning German lighting designer Ingo Maurer, Seven Rats will make an entertaining conversation piece!
Created by UK artisan Esther Patterson and available in numerous colors, shapes and sizes, the hand blown glass ensures each shade is unique. Start stacking together different combinations of glass pieces with walnut discs and the possibilities are endless for your ‘Statement Pendant’ (or Chandelier)!
Formala by the Italian lighting firm Cini & Nils is a flexible, indirect LED wall fixture that can be shaped into a curvy ribbon of light. The lighting creates a dramatic wall wash but equally important, provides a fun way to tinker with negative space. Love to see it in a color changing LED so the fixture will be ready for parties of all stripes!
These lanterns, from the London-based design firm t.n.a. design studio, are made of tracing paper and lit by LEDs. The delicately hung crystals create dancing reflections with the slightest motion and will definitely bring a touch of class to the evening’s festivities.
Meet Uto. Designed by the Barcelona firm Lagranja, it’s just as comfortable (and stylish) resting on the floor as it is suspended from the ceiling. Made of silicon rubber, it’s pliable and pleasant to the touch. The lamp is housed in a sealed unit which makes it rugged enough for outdoor use. Available in white, orange and yellow, the fixture will be a cheerful addition to any home or spunky startup.