Zumtobel Annual Report, Designed by Brighten the Corners and Anish Kapoor

Design Museum’s Shortlist for Designs of the Year 2013

…s the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US to signify different speeds and directions. Candles In The Wind – Designed by Moritz Waldemeyer for Ingo Maurer uses modern LED technology to recreate the experience of light from a candle. The minimal design is a bare circuit board featuring the latest in micro-processor technology paired with 256 high quality leds to evoke the natural flow and flicker of a candle. Chirp – Designed b… Continue reading

Aiko Telgen's new plasma filled lamp - 'Ion Two'. Photo by Aiko Telgin.

The Ion lights of Aiko Telgen

Having created his first ionized gas light (known not surprisingly as ‘Ion One’), while a student at the School of Arts & Design, Kassel, German designer Aiko Telgen has now developed the process and produced the new ‘Ion Two’. It really has to be seen to be believed. I was lucky enough to stumble across the light while visiting the young designers area in the basement of Superstudio Piu during the Milan Furniture Fair last April… Continue reading

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Bertjan Pot takes a fresh look at design

…and material”. Pot graduated from Eindhoven Design Academy in 1998 and became one half of  the Monkey Boys with Eindhoven classmate Daniel White until 2003 when he set up his own studio. Now a well-known name in furniture and lighting design circles Pot quickly achieved successes with products like his ‘Random’ light for Moooi released in 1999 and his ‘Carbon’ chair released five years later. But for Bertjan Pot, design is not about product, succ… Continue reading

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Expression of interest- Vivid Light 2013

Please join us by submitting an expression of interest as we transform Sydney into a living canvas of light. Vivid Light is a centerpiece of Vivid Sydney 24 May – 10 June, 2013. Light artists, lighting and projection designers, companies and manufacturers, architects, students, graduates, creative industry companies and practitioners from around the world are eligible to submit innovative lighting and projection designs and installations for inc… Continue reading

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Tamara Maynes: new craft raconteuse

Tamara Maynes has had a productive year, taking her Quilt Light to Milan Design Week and London Design Festival 2012 as part of the Supercyclers collective exhibition. I thought it an opportune time to catch-up with Tamara and find out how her craft-pertise was honed. DV Your lovely Quilt Light was exhibited at Milan Design Week 2012. How did this opportunity come about? TM Through my friend and fellow designer Sarah K, I was asked to design a p… Continue reading

A close up of Bertjan Pot's 'Carbon' chair (in collaboration with Marcel Wanders) for Moooi 2004.

Material Spotlight – carbon fibre

Because carbon fibre is generally black and invariably proffering a hi-tech look, furniture and lighting made from this ingenious material has never been a particular favourite. It’s striking, even sexy if you’re into that sort of sci-fi look but for all its luscious curves and jaw-dropping spans is it really a material that should be used in furniture, lighting and other inters related objects? Well, the answer is sometimes –… Continue reading

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Asif Khan: Radiant Lines

Melbournians crave light and warmth in winter – something to sustain through the long dark nights. This June, as part of the Light in Winter Festival, their prayers have been answered by British architectural wunderkid, Asif Khan. Khan, who is 34 and based in London, has set Federation Square ablaze with Radiant Lines, his first Australian commission. Radiant Lines explores the concepts of line, rhythm, velocity and volume. It’s comprised of fo… Continue reading

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SUPERBIEN Lighting the Sails in Sydney

Article in FRENCH, click here From 27 May till 14 June 2011, Vivid Sydney lights up the city of Sydney for the third year in a row. Launched in 2009, this festival colours the city with fabulous shows of light, music and ideas. And of course, the sails of the Opera House will be part of the tableau. This year, it is the French collective SUPERBIEN who hit the jackpot. ‘It’s an honour to work on this iconic monument’, says Thom… Continue reading

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Designs of the Year 2014 shortlist: part two

…nics production. FORMLABS FORM 1HIGH-RESOLUTION DESKTOP 3D PRINTER, designed by Formlabs Inc. It is a high-resolution desktop 3D printer that uses reversed stereolithography technology to create highly-detailed models using a light-sensitive liquid resin and a focused laser beam. The GOPRO HERO 3 BLACK, designed by GoPro, makes producing professional quality video easy and affordable, allowing amateur film makers to achieve unprecedented results…. Continue reading

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SaloneSatellite 2016

…ontinually during Milan Design Week as his stand at SaloneSatellite was beautifully presented in a combination of dark navy blue with minimal brass accents. The Beijing based designer’s Oriental Design Series of furniture and lights certainly expressed a link to contemporary Chinese designers such as Neri & Hu but the design language was ultimately very much their own. Frank Chou Design Studio pieces ‘Ping’ screen, ‘Null’ side ta… Continue reading

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Fashion, farming, medical technology and the humble ‘postie’ bike undergo the ‘Big Green Idea’ treatment

Winning ideas include converting decommissioned ‘postie bikes’ to low-cost electric vehicles, an Australian Fashion shake-up to debut at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2012, affordable urban food farming hubs for the inner city and life-saving surgical light systems for remote areas powered by the sun. Awarded by the British Council and LQRA, Big Green Idea is an annual competition that provides winning participants with up to $20,000… Continue reading

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Achille Castiglioni, Italy 1918-2002

ing the stylistic sources at play in his work over a 30-year period. If style was important in creating an exhibition environment, it is much less evident in the numerous products ‘ furniture, tableware and particularly lighting – that Castiglioni designed (with Pier Giacomo to 1968) over his long career. Castiglioni was the first to admit this lack of ‘stylishness’, remarking:’There is no such thing as a Castiglion… Continue reading

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SaloneSatellite, Milan 2012

Started 14 years ago by Marva Griffin, Satellite, part of Milan’s famous Salon Internazionale del Mobile has grown from just 55 stands and 101 designers in it’s first year to one of the world’s most important platforms for young furniture and lighting designers. In 2012 Satellite included 170 regular stands, 750 designers and 17 design schools. To celebrate 15 years of SaloneSatellite, 15 larger stands presented the work of past Satellite design… Continue reading

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Andrew Last

…building hot rod cars. Anyway I found similarities between car sheet metal techniques and silversmithing techniques that allowed a scale shift in a similar workshop environment. When did you first begin producing designs for lighting and what initially inspired the form, technique and look’ The first light was in response to a group show theme to do with light in 1996. The shape comes from the rotodome, a radar device that sits piggyback o… Continue reading

Liam Mugavin's 'Sen' LED pendant light is like an expressive gesture in wood.

Liam Mugavin – An Australian designer with Japanese influences

…The ‘Bangor’ table has a rock maple base that yet again expresses Mugavin’s interest in folded shapes but tops it with a rough slab of Willunga (South Australia) slate left in its natural shape with just a light application of tung oil “My practice is now based on the furniture studio model with a mix of product, commissions and fit-outs largely designed and produced in-house. I want my designs to be instantly intriguing bu… Continue reading

Orkhestra: Interactive light installation

Interactivity at the Sydney Design Festival

…vvy with 3D printing but for others it will be a challenge and it will encourage them to think differently about their design processes,” says Vaughan. Next up, bathing mid-winter Sydney in celestial radiance, is Orkhēstra. A lighting installation which uses computational design, light technology and interaction design, Orkhēstra was first shown at the 2014 Luminale in Frankfurt. Inspired by underwater coral – a perfect fit for the ocean-… Continue reading

The entrance to Ventura Lambrata’s Press Desk. Photo: Matteo Cogliati

Ventura Lambrate 2016

…ecent years has been German designer Joa Herrenknecht who I’ve followed from shows in Lambrate to Satellite and back again. This year she was showing as part of a group under the banner The Journey of Things. ‘Panna’ pendant lights in hand-dyed cork by Studio Joa Herrenknecht Her work this year included a salmon skin upholstered bench called ‘Nani’, the ‘Panna’ pendant light in folded cork and the ‘Ora’ distressed mirror. Also showing as part of… Continue reading

Carl Hansen CH22 chair by Hans Wegner. Reissued along with the matching CH26 dining chair never previously released. The brand also opens a new showroom.

Milan Furniture Fair 2016 – previews

…om connected lines. Another marble specialist Citco will be launching new designs by Ferruccio Laviani and Arik Levy to join their other pieces design by the likes of Zaha Hadid and Foster & Partners. ‘Totem’ lights by Ferrucio Laviani for Citco. Nicholas Schuybroek is a Belgian architect who is know for his simple minimal architecture and interiors and love of vintage Jean Prouve pieces. Like fellow Belgian architect and lo… Continue reading

The exhibition graphic masterfully combines the two predominant visual themes - scales and spikes.

Trent Jansen – Broached Monsters exhibition

…r it was British colonial reports from the late 18th century of strange man-beasts that roamed what is now called Australia that formed the ideas behind the collection. Creating a collection of limited edition furniture, lighting and accessory pieces conceived around mythological creatures from two cultures is a tall order by anyone’s estimation and it has taken the best part of five years for Jansen to bring it to fruition. It all sta… Continue reading

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Naples Art Stations Project

…was designed by the firm of Catalan architect Oscar Tusquets Blanca. The station is 50 meters below ground and extends under the water table, its subterranean location was used to inform the design, which centres on water and light. A large cone, the Crater de Luz, extends from the expansive underground hall to street level linking all levels of the station and functions as a light well with the sun at one end and LED light installations at the o… Continue reading