A sampling of the latest lighting designs from the Architectural Digest (AD) Show and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in Manhattan, plus other noteworthy launches.
1 / Clever Concealment
Founded in Belgium by Paul Rommens and Jan Meyfroidt, this lighting company’s motto is “Architectural lighting with an attitude.” Offering a wide selection of surface, recessed, suspension, and track lighting, these fixtures are suitable for high-end residential, hospitality, retail, education, and premium office settings worldwide. Among the new UL-listed products now available in North America is the customizable spotlight Qbini.
Modular Lighting Instruments | www.supermodular.com
2 / Inspired by Nature
Hanging from strands of transparent wire, the Solar Chandelier is made from photovoltaic modules that power LED bulbs to illuminate various translucent materials. Featured at the AD Show, the chandelier can be customized in materials, size, and height. The design team fabricates the entire piece in a studio at New Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Solar chandelier also functions as a type of solar clock; the translucent seashells illuminate automatically at dusk.
For the aptly named Algae lamps (near left), the algae is molded into cylindrical lampshades that glow from the interior. The algae pieces can be grouped into varying lengths to form a chandelier.
NEA Studio | www.neastudio.com
3 / Classic With a Twist
The 16-light Kahe Chandelier features tapered hurricane shades with a frosted glass design on a clear glass background. The glass shades are complemented with a custom Blue Idalight hub in the center, while ball and decorative accents are in a powdercoated Brass finish; the suspension rods and hooks are finished in Black Hills Gold.
Displayed at the AD Show, this elegant chandelier is handcrafted by artisans in the company’s 180,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Yorkville, New York. The fixture measures 168” wide x 48” high (total height from the ceiling). Custom sizes and metal finishes can be ordered.
2nd Avenue | www.2ndave.com
4 / Modern & Molecular
It’s an exciting time for the Australian-based Ross Gardam studio, which will return to ICFF for the second year with an expanding portfolio of local projects. It marks the studio’s growth and ongoing commitment to the Americas region. Gardam will be unveiling a new version of the Nebulae Chandelier (shown) for the first time at this year’s ICFF New York.
The Nebulae Collection is inspired by the diffusion of both natural and LED light. The machined form is coupled with translucent glass discs for unique light dispersion. The Nebulae Chandelier is now available in horizontal configurations and a choice of white pearl glass discs.
Ross Gardam | https://rossgardam.com.au
5 / Landscape Love
Award-winning U.K.-based designer David Harber displayed his sculptures for the third year in a row at the AD Show. His new sculpture, called The Alveare, is inspired by the optical illusions found in nature, such as the sunflower head with
its hidden Fibonacci sequences. The Alveare Wall is a kaleidoscopic panel of marine-grade, mirror-polished stainless steel apertures. The combination of the seemingly random placement of cylindrical mirrored surfaces and the Alveare Wall’s reflected environment, creates a mirage of fragmented reality. With the addition of only minimal lighting at night, the Alveare Wall takes on a stunning personality.
David Harber | www.davidharber.com
6 / Glass Showcase
This 4,000-sq.-ft. glass studio in Michigan has launched a line of La Ruche handmade lighting fixtures by glass artist April Wagner at the AD Show. Based on the playful gathering and folding of fabrics, with a nod to the layered organic beauty of a beehive, the La Ruche designs add elegance to both contemporary and traditional spaces. The designs (below) are available as pendants, table lamps, or sconces and can be ordered in a choice of 5 shapes and 10 sizes, ranging in price from $400 to $1,600 each. Each piece is individually hot-sculpted by hand, featuring coiled glass variations with LED lighting and custom hardware suitable for residential, office, or commercial décor.
Also on display was a version of Wagner’s 20′-high Tangled Chandelier (at left) comprised of 108 hand-blown, 4-ft. glass pieces cascading from the ceiling in an array of gold tones. The stunning installation was recently featured in Wagner’s solo exhibition at the Saginaw Art Museum.
Ephiphany Glass Studio | www.epiphanyglass.com
7 / Mirror Magic
This new Large LED Trifold Mirror (Model #34001) boasts a Chrome finish and measures 60” high x 43.5” wide. Ideal for retail as well as residential applications, it provides 4,320 lumens in a choice of 3000K, 4500K, and 6400K and 90++ CRI.
Eurofase | www.eurofase.com