10 Ways to Light Up a Room
Our favorite fixtures of the moment are made from horizontal hand-blown crystal, hand-hammered copper, and other unexpected materials.By Tiffany Jow June 19, 2018
Arguably the cool kid of the designed-object set, lighting draws on utility, sculpture, and science—and brings them all together into a single, illuminated whole. After poring over the past year’s fixtures, we determined that the finest in the field hold an enduring truth: bright ideas come in all shapes and sizes, especially ones just beyond imagination.
Rich Brilliant Willing teamed up with New York–based design firm Meyer Davis to create the Hoist sconce, a waterproof, spun-metal-and-aluminum fixture fit for use indoor or out.
DESIGNER, MARSET’S PU-ERH COLLECTION
“While working on another project, I noticed the lines created on the surface of the clay by the process of ceramic extrusion. That was the starting point of the Pu-erh collection. I combined that [texture] with the shape of a conical paper lamp that was dressing up the living room of a friend’s place that had, to me, perfect proportions. The lamp’s name was chosen by a phonetic magnetism: I liked the sound of the word pu-erh, which is coincidentally a type of tea.”
Designed by Spanish ceramist Xavier Mañosa, the distinctive ceramic shade and diffuser of Marset’s Pu-erh pendant are made by hand, imbuing each piece with a sense of lightness and warmth.
Two perforated, powder-coated metal discs create the mitten-like silhouette of Blu Dot’s Filter table lamp, which directs light upward from its cylindrical base. It’s available in four colors, including ochre, shown here.
GEORGE YABU AND GLENN PUSHELBERG
DESIGNER, LASVIT’S CIPHER COLLECTION
“One of the key features of this collection in our minds was flexibility and customization. We wanted to create a kit of parts, if you will, that could be assembled in multiple orientations and countless configurations. Figuring out the necessary components to allow the light to be [hung] as a series or as starburst formations was the most technically challenging part of bringing the fixture to fruition. Thankfully, one of Lasvit’s specialties is making the impossible a reality.”
Made of hand-blown crystal and etched with thin, pinstripe-like lines, Yabu Pushelberg’s horizontal Cipher pendant for Lasvit features hidden light sources at specific connection points. When switched on, it emits a soft, almost magical glow.
Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue created the Shireen hanging lamp using powder-coated steel and hand-hammered copper, which exudes a warm coral hue when the fixture is turned on.
Pila, the Spanish word for “stack,” is the name of this cork-and-spun-aluminum table lamp, which was created by Barcelona’s Crous Calogero design studio for Estiluz. A tiny foot directs light slightly upward.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND DESIGNER, BOCCI
“The 28 series results from the idea of reversing the direction of airflow in a typical glass-blowing scenario. Glass is more or less malleable depending on how hot it is. To create each fixture, we blow air into a hot glass matrix to make the outer bubble, let it cool, then apply heat locally to patches on the outside and introduce more hot glass into the patches. This creates a vacuum, pulling air out of the piece—and only the freshly applied hot glass is able to respond. Essentially, it’s a controlled implosion.”
Vancouver- and Berlin-based lighting firm Bocci introduced new colors for its ethereal 28 series this year. With more than 90 hues to choose from, the clustered transparent and opaque blown-glass orbs create a striking visual complexity.
Architects Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi took inspiration from Arne Jacobsen’s AJ lamp when creating the Yuh table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Its flexible shade moves up, down, and around.
Netherlands-based designer Bertjan Pot dreamed up this oblong NR2 pendant for Moooi two years ago—and it’s finally hitting the U.S. this spring. The fixture’s web of fiberglass threads creates depth and dimension.
A contemporary interpretation of the Bouillotte lamps found in libraries and gentlemen’s clubs in the 19th century, Vibia’s Mayfair steel floor lamp, created by Spanish designer Diego Fortunato, is available in matte and metallic finishes.