Lighting

It’s So Yumi.

Architect Shigeru Ban has created a clean, minimalist floor lamp for  FontanaArte, namedYumi. The lamp which has been selected for the XXIII Compasso D’Oro ADI Awards name means “Bow” in Japanese which the lamp gracefully does as it arcs from it’s base into the room. With the main body of the lamp only 10 mm thick, the clean design forms a simple light weight structure that is elegant and unobtrusive.

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The black structure is made from composite materials coated with carbon fiber for strength, lightness, and durability. Power cables are hidden into the structure to enhance the minimal design and not detract from the lamps shape. Using LED lights that are integrated into the arcing frame the light source becomes invisible unless you are directly below the source. Clean, simple design with all ornamentation removed to produce a graceful, sculptural, minimalist form. Love it.

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The Chocolate Factory.

This is the story of Alain Ducasse’s new chocolate factory. It is a visual feast of beautiful shots, exquisite lighting, and editing. Directed by , the 3 and a half minute short introduces you to the owner and his staff as the hand craft chocolate the old fashioned way in an old Renault Garage in the center of Paris. This makes me want to go back to Paris right now. It makes me want to go to Paris and visit Alain Ducasse’s chocolate factory.

Les Cordes a New Twist on a Rope Light.

Mathieu Lehanneur created a new twist on the rope light for the reopening of the Museum of Decorative Arts, pottery and fashion in the castle Borely Marseille.

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The lamp is constructed from borosilicate glass that is kiln bent frosted and then fitted with LED’s and a control system. It’s an absolutely wonderful take on both a chandelier and the rope light with all those overlapping sweeping curved surfaces. The video below shows the production process that went into making this one of a kind light for the school. What a really impressive design and fabrication process.

“This chandelier was conceived as a rope of light crossing the ceiling, only bands of light and glass are visible. It is not an object. It is not a light fitting. It is the light itself that seems to live and circulate in the entrance space, as if stitched onto the building itself,” Mathieu Lehanneur
Producer: Château Borély / City of Marseille
Executive Producer: Agency Rubigo
Director: Christophe Luparini
Music: Lionel Payet Pigeon
Curator of Decorative Arts and Fashion, Chateau Borély: Christine Germain – Donnat
Creating Mathieu Lehanneur
Artistic production: Agence Eva Albarran & Co. SINCE 1974 Glassworks GmbH

Waarmakers Ninebyfour.

Most fluorescent style light fixtures are for lack of a better term, ugly. This partly due to the need for ballast, the power supply, and the heat the lamps give off. Waarmakers however has created Ninebyfour a tube lamp using LED’s. Because they don’t generate heat, or have a large power supply this minimal lamp is quite beautiful, and one made from uncharacteristic materials.

20140105-131557.jpgThe lamps are designed and built with reclaimed wood that comes from salvaged trees cut down in and around the Amsterdam area. Each lamp comes with a location marker stamped in the cork portion of the fixture. If you enter the coordinates in Google Maps, the origin of your lamps source tree shows up.

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“Stuckenborg” is all Art.

“We’ll fix it in post” is a phrase that I loathe. There is a reason that a Director, and DP want a good “Grip” on set with them. That individual, or team of lighting techs will make or break the quality of your film. I don’t care how good your post production team is, if the lighting sucked or was flat when the film was shot all the post production in the world won’t bring the image to life.

The video from Order & Other below is a great example of lighting done right. There is drama, atmosphere, contrast and a variable balance to the lighting. The DP used the lighting to create atmosphere that can’t be created in post production, and it is one of the key elements that makes this film work. Along with great lighting, there is atmosphere, and by that I mean there is stuff in the air, particulate matter that ads weight to environment. That atmosphere is something you rally can’t ad in post either.

Aeris Made in America.

I really don’t know where my obsession with lighting comes from. You can only have so many lamps in your house, yet I keep finding ones that I want. This morning I had an email from Smart furniture in my inbox that was filled with sale items. One of those items was the Aeris pendant lamp from Cerno. Right now above our kitchen island we have three individual pendant lamps, and while they look just fine, they are nothing compared to this.

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Aeris comes in two sixes; 30″ and 54″. The walnut and metal pendant lamp was designed by Frank Carfaro and features a hand finished oil stain. The lamp is fully dimmable. The lamp features thin slits in the vertical walls f the light allowing the LED light source to cast filtered light to the sides as well as project light down onto the surfaces below. Aeris is hand made in Laguna Beach, California. The fact that it is made right here in the USA is another plus. Other perks are the light output of 1075 lumens, while only using 16 Watts.

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Chopped. Nugget Hollow from NuxNux Design.

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A friend of mine sent me a link to the Nugget Hollow table from HUXHUX Design, and I have to say I am quite taken with it. What appears to be such a simple shape and minimalist piece of furniture, is actually pretty complex when you think about the joinery need to make this work. Two corners are removed from the box to allow light to escape. The corners are removed at a 45 degree angle, with a mitered 45 degree angle leading into the center. I guarantee you that is not an easy task to cut and assemble. I love the sculptural, geometric shape with the color and fill emanating from the inside. Each table is hand made from solid birch and finished in Carbon or Glacier White. The interiors are stained in Acid Green, Sky Blue and Nu Orange. If you want it, you can buy it here for a cool $515.00.

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Year of Design: 2013
Description: Side table / Stool/ Lamp
Country of Manufacture: USA, crafted by hand in NYC
Finish: Varies, see below
Dims: 18 x 18 x 18″
Packaging: 24 x 24 x 24″

Exterior Finish Options: Carbon, Glacier
Interior Finish Options: Acid Green, Sky Blue, Nu Orange