Shapes, shadows and interior design
In Japanese “IN-EI” means shadow and this is also the name of the new paper lamp designed for Artemide by fashion designer Issey Miyake and his research laboratory, Reality Lab. The material is made of 40% recycled PET bottles and in line with precise mathematical formulae is folded to create an origami-like light sculptures. The range includes pendant, table and floor lamps, each of them unique in their form, project distinct shadows within the room. All of the lamps are fitted with LEDs. The formal language of these pieces brings the “Akari” paper lamps to mind, created in the 1950s by Japanese designer Isamu Noguchi.
Another luminaire, whose magnetic skin is designed to offer greater flexibility, is “Ipparco”, created for Artemide by Scottish designer Neil Poulton. A “light ring” held by a magnetic joint can be moved up and down the aluminum rod that is the luminaire’s stem and can be fixed at any point the user desires. “Ipparco” can also be rotated 360 degrees on both a vertical and horizontal axis.
A silver reverse and opal-white diffuser – at first glance, the round wall and ceiling light “Silverback” by Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen looks like many another timeless luminaires. However, the Copenhagen-based design group Kibisi (whose members include Jens Martin Skibsted, Lars Larsen and Bjarke Ingels) has fitted it out with a rather special feature: The silver reverse is curved in such a way that it reflects the structure of the wall or ceiling from which it hangs, and thus appears to merge into it. Furthermore, “Silverback” adorns wall and ceiling surfaces with a gleam that envelopes them like the moon’s halo. When determining the optimal curvature for the shell in relation to the flat wall and ceiling, the designers looked to water droplets on an even surface for inspiration.
Commissioned by Zumtobel, designers from Delugan Meissl Architects considered the effect of light and shadow when creating a new LED spotlight for use in a retail setting. “Iyon” serves to create light and dark areas, in which (according to the manufacturer’s own research) customers tend to frequent more than others. For cases of malfunction or emergency, the Dornbirn-based lighting specialist has also developed a series of emergency lighting in collaboration with Austrian design agency Eoos. “Onlite Resclite”, “Onlite Comsign 150”, “Onlite Puresign 150” and “Onlite Crossign 160” are rescue and safety lights which mark out escape routes in case of emergency.
Dedicated to my dear friend Daisy.