29 May 2019
In the latest instalment of our Milan Design Week 2019 series, we evaluate the lighting trends emerging from both the Euroluce Lighting Show at Salone del Mobile and the satellite events in and around the city.
One of the most frequent themes we observed this year was lighting designs utilising wall space to diffuse and deflect light to create a soft ambient glow. This was not limited to wall lights either, with some table lamps and ceiling pendants incorporating the concept of deflection to soften the light.
Images clockwise from top left: Vollee by Masiero; Ste-Ven by Knikerboker; Sine Lights by David Derksen Design; Sol by Valditaro; Flint Wall by Louis Poulsen; Lamp by Shinya Oguchi
Not only were designers using deflection techniques, but projected light was also a common theme. We saw several lamps transmitting colourful rings onto adjacent walls, using textured glass to play with pattern or projector devices to create bespoke kaleidoscopic effects.
Images left to right: Cecelia Xinyu Zhang; Bang & Olufsen; Simon Schmitz
Lighting gets playful for 2019; we spotted many decorative pieces which emulate the look of necklaces, earrings or brooches. From hanging lights which look like pendant necklaces to wall panels which echo haute couture sequins and embellishment, there is an element of luxury and delight running through each of these designs.
Images left to right: Miami by Elina Salmistraro for Il Fanale – Torremato; China Central Academy of Fine Art; Art et Floritude; Bover Barcelona Lights
Scribbles and Doodles
Informal and playful shapes such as doodles, waves and scribbles provide a fresh update on tube lighting. Designs ranged from small and very commercial flush ceiling lights to more dramatic art installation-style grandeur.
Images clockwise from left: Martinelli Luce; Mantra; Free Form by Kiki van Eijk
The most interesting innovation we saw emerging this year, was the use of industrial ratchet straps to suspend lighting tubes and bulbs from ceilings. Whether hanging loose and low and looping into the room or pulled taut against a wall, the straps trend was certainly popular with many designers and came in various colours and shapes.
Images from left to right: Formafantasma; Martinelli Luce; Vibia; Belt by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
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