Euroluce Highlights 2015

Euroluce Highlights 2015

One benefit of being a lighting geek is going to Milan every two years. We know somebody’s gotta do it and report back.. So off we went to Euroluce!! This is the Biennial International Lighting exhibition dedicated to showing the latest in decorative and architectural lighting fixtures from industry leaders as well as smaller artists introducing their work. Euroluce, simply put, is Lighting Mecca, and is part of the Milan Furniture Fair. Translated into Italian it’s know as the: Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano. The Salone started in 1964 and is the global benchmark for the home furnishings sector. Every spring design acolytes from around the world feast on introductions of lighting, furniture and home accessories. The fair is a temperature gauge for the worldwide trends in design….what’s hot and what’s not can be fickle and honest, either you’re in or you’re out. Over the years the Salone, which is held at the 2 million square foot Rho Fiera Milano trade center, has flourished throughout the city of Milan into the cultural hotspots like the Brera district, Zona Tortuna, Via Savona, and the plush green courtyard’s of Spazio Rossana Orlandi. Please check out our slideshow link that captures the essence of light in 2015 and all the great ways the world’s designers are incorporating LED technology into their...
Chillin’ at the WestEdge Design Fair

Chillin’ at the WestEdge Design Fair

West Coast chill was the vibe throughout the Santa Monica Airport’s retired open-air Barker Hangar for the second installment of the WestEdge Design Fair. Founders Troy Hanson and Megan Reilly hosted a curated selection of independent local California designers, a few from the New York hipster scene, some international up and comers, and a diverse group of established brands that made the show comfortable and edgy. The hangar’s cozy indoor/outdoor experience felt more like a backyard BBQ than a stuffy trade show. The fair featured a color-changing cabana bar by Café Bella, exterior furniture by Wayfair, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres grilled by Kalamazoo Outdoor Grill. Entertaining us in between the opening night party for Heal the Bay and the A+D Museum’s cocktail soiree was Mr. Delicious himself – Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Troy Pennington, and the fabulous Kathryn Ireland. Here are a few of the booths and attractions that turned heads:   Cement Wallpaper Who says you need to live in an weathered urban loft or warehouse to have exposed cement walls? Resource Furniture didn’t. Their CONCRETEWALL cement-looking wallpaper is amazing! Custom printed, washable, non-flammable, and UV resistant this cement feels like the real thing down to the touch and scrape of a cinder block. With over 50 styles to choose from you can change your boring drywall into a textured authentic landscape. Elish Warlop – Hoop Sconce The Hoop Shade wall sconce we discovered was both playful and elegant – everything that a thin indirectly lit brass tube wall sconce could be. The energy-efficient LED lamps are thoughtfully concealed in a small cavity inside the brass tubing creating an...
Highlights – ICFF  2014  NYC Part 1

Highlights – ICFF 2014 NYC Part 1

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair hosted at the Javits center in New York City was another excellent vacation in how to get immersed into the world of design. Concentrated over one weekend, this year was a soulful journey to feel and see the new thoughts and curves of our world’s hipster designers. It’s always grounding to stroll lazily through the vast exhibits and booths of design trade shows – seemingly without a care in the world while yearning to be grabbed and pulled with raw emotion. As a Lightopian I am attracted to my practice of lighting, and the focus of my report is indeed on lighting, while other crafts of design typically take a back seat to my vision there were a few pieces that made my mouth open in awe. To start, there were some new designers to me, that I would like to point out first, and then move on to some perennial favorites that are on the list because they are in fact listworthy and the meat behind the reason for going. I’m happy to report that lighting is indeed a large exploration for young designers and one with more freedom, to me, than creating another chair in the world. Because of this, there was indeed a large canvas of lighting at ICFF and for those that did not have a light in their booth I believe they are steadfast at putting one together as I type. Thus, many new lights made with many new materials, none more than the artists of the Phillipines. Design Philippines was a delegation of 15 members headed by their...
CYCLIQUEL: LED Balloon Art via 256 Balloons with LEDs

CYCLIQUEL: LED Balloon Art via 256 Balloons with LEDs

The CYCLIQUEL light installation brings new light to 256 helium balloons that have been filled with LED lights and synchronized to music. This kinetic sculpture uses 256 helium balloons and embedded LEDs to create a matrix of light and music in its 700 square -meter structure. Capable of removing its viewers from reality and placing them in a surreal world of blinking lights and fantasy balloons, this light and sound installation was designed by Collectif Coin et Nohista. Watch the video below to see the installation in action. Video:...
The World’s Largest Sky Lantern

The World’s Largest Sky Lantern

The world’s largest sky lantern was constructed of 72 small sky lanterns, but did it ever take flight? After some tedious trial and error efforts, this extra large sky lantern did finally get its chance at lift off. The popular sky lantern source Wish Lantern, received a recent blog submission from another Wish Lantern seller in China. The photos were taken at the end of August of 2013 and it was part of an annual festival project in China. The project was created by lantern manufacturers in China for the annual Hungry Ghost Festival in Yu Lan.  This 100-year old traditional Chinese festival takes place on the 15th night of the seventh month of the Chinese calendar. In an effort to add to the celebration this large light lantern piece was created. For more information visit: Wishlantern’s...
Bruce Monro’s Fluorescent Light Tube Tepees

Bruce Monro’s Fluorescent Light Tube Tepees

The Tepees light installation by Bruce Monro shines brightly in the cool night air of Cheekwood, Tennessee’s botanical gardens and museum of art. The colorful array of semi-vertical fluorescent light tubes was discovered in a manner you may have never thought possible. The story Bruce tells is: “The lighting technique used in Tepees was first discovered when Munro was looking for a way to keep his wife’s chickens safe from the foxes at their rural home in Wiltshire. A local farmer came to the rescue offering a solution in the guise of a device that combined an electric fence system with a redundant fluorescent lighting tube (one that has been spent). Years later Munro decided that tepee structures were the best composition for the fluorescent tubes. He was pleased with the result both formally and personally, for the mythic American West as depicted in films and TV had held his imagination as a boy growing up in England.” (Bruce Monro’s website) Constructed of fluorescent tube lights, colored filters and electric fence energizers, the piece looks great in photographs but in person things are a bit different. Due to the frequent and fast flashing of the fluorescent tubes, the eye is not capable of seeing the tepees lit all in a group, such as you see below. It can only pick up the intermittent flashing tubes of light. However the camera lens is great at capturing the entire series of flashes, and confidently reveals the complete light installation as a whole piece. Watch the video below for a good look at what the human eye may see while at the Tepee light...