Posts Tagged ‘lighting’

Ferruccio Laviani on the new Kartell Taj table lamp

March 7, 2013

The new Kartell Taj Mini curved arch shape table lamp is a sculptural light by Ferruccio Laviani, available in 7 colours. The Taj Mini is perfect for bedside, side table, desk or shelf, and is a smaller, more discreet, versatile version of the ‘Best of 2012’ Interior Design winning Taj lamp (below).



Designer Ferruccio Laviani describes the design process for the Taj and the Taj mini:

The name ‘Taj’ pretty much came about by chance. When I saw an image of the lamp in black and white on a piece of paper, the first thing I thought of was an elephant’s tusk.

Taj was conceived as a table lamp, but as the project progressed, we realised that it could just as easily sit on a bedside table or in other areas of the home. I really like how it has its own distinctive style, a far cry from the Bourgie model.

I also like how the lamp is a kind of sculpture that anyone can own. In fact, its essential and bold form (almost like a comma) meant I didn’t want to clutter it with too many finishes or combintations of materials.

I therefore opted for just four finishes: two full colours (white and black) in addition to transparent and opaline. The latter came about by chance as well. There was a matt version amongst the initial prototypes, and I really liked the lalique effect, so I added it to the range.

We decided to design a smaller version of the lamp, as soon as we had wrapped up the main Taj project. The main difference from Taj senior is that I decided to focus heavily on the colour range. I felt that it was important to offer slightly more alluring colours seeing as the object is smaller, helping the lamp blend seamlessly into a range of different settings.

The Taj mini is available in the UK from Connections Interiors.


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A new tweeter on the block

December 13, 2012

There’s a new tweeter on the scene – a rotational ceiling light from Deltalight.

Tweeter introduces new levels in flexibility, both in movement and in lighting application. With Tweeter Deltalight introduces the ERS – Ex-centric Rotation System (patent pending). Both versions are characterized by an asymmetrical hinge joint, combining extreme rotation and tilting abilities, all in one swift whirling motion.

The application of the Ex-centric Rotation System not only upgrades movement of the fixture, but more importantly also provides advanced lighting abilities. The rotation mechanism was designed so that the light beam is not cut off, resulting in maximum efficiency, and enabling a wall wash effect.

Available with high performance led, halogen or discharge lamps, Tweeter recessed caters for both the residential as the professional market.

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Designing lighting schemes: an overview by RJV Designs

November 21, 2012

Rowena Vaughan on twitter Rowena Vaughan of RJV Designs provides us with an overview of how to approach lighting schemes.

When considering your lighting scheme you should think of ‘layers’ – high level, mid level and low level. Each of these layers play a part in the use and function of the room and each layer has its own type of lights and fittings. Each of these layers can be separated into different sources and styles.

High level, which could also be considered as architectural light, downlighters, spotlights (either surface mounted or recessed), track lighting, stretch wire systems, or any light that is built into the fabric of the building or space and is usually subtle and unseen. One of the most popular high level lights for domestic interiors are pendant lights that often sit above a table or worktop or in the centre of the room. These lights are brilliant for either task-specific lighting where the light is directed down and onto a worktop.

Above: Ceiling spots washing the wall with light – Deltalight


Above: Brass pendant light- Jim Lawrence Traditional Ironwork


Above: Feature lighting – Sharon Marston

Tom Dixon Lustre Light

November 15, 2012

This lighting was released by Tom Dixon back in July, but I have just come across it and really thought it was worth featuring.

Lustre is the latest discovery in our continued exploration of extraordinary metallic finishes. The iridescent sheen is created by firing the stoneware shades at 1200°C using a top-secret glaze containing minerals and precious metals. The end result is a striking colour change effect reminiscent of peacock feathers or oil slicks on water.

The handmade process results in a totally unique and unrepeatable finish for each individual object. No two shades look the same as the glaze fixes to the stoneware in an unpredictable way. This produces a wide spectrum of colour across each light, ranging from a pale lime to a deep bottle green. It is this inherent beauty and diversity that we are championing. Each customer owns something different.

The shade reflects and refracts an extraordinary spectrum of colours both internally and when lit from outside. The first stoneware object in our collection, it is available in 4 geometric designs inspired by a collision of Mayan temples and Art Deco constructions.


Harelbeke Town Hall, Belgium

November 9, 2012

I came across this project after speaking to Deltalight, who provided the lighting solutions throughout the new Town Hall at Harelbeke in Belgium. Architects Dehullu & Partners designed the project which was completed in September 2011. I have rarely seen a public building with as clean and contemporary a design as this and it makes a refreshing change from the austere, traditional interiors seen in many town halls.

Images are by Tim Van de Velde.

In order to anticipate the growing needs of city services a masterplan was developed, incorporating the new entrance building in between two existing halves of the 19th century Town Hall. None of the floors of the neighboring buildings were corresponding, providing a real challenge in making all floors accessible for wheelchair users.


Guest post: Contemporary lighting

November 11, 2011

Today we have a guest post from Arcadian Lighting, a manufacture of fittings from the US, with a selection of contemporary lighting ideas.

Hi all! My name is Jenn and I write for Arcadian Lighting, a fantastic source for information and ideas on lighting fixtures for your home. I love writing about interior design and particularly lighting, as a great light fixture can really make or break the entire look of a space. I also spend a good portion of my day perusing inspiring websites like the expert advice provided on ESI Interiors’ blog. Thanks for having me!

Traditional lighting has reigned supreme for decades but it’s only been more recently that designers have looked outside the lightbox and reinvented a myriad of lighting fixtures – today there’s no shortage of contemporary lighting to choose from. Created like works of art and used as task as well as accent lighting, here are eight modish fixtures that demonstrate the wide range of stylish possibilities.


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This one-of-a-kind contemporary lighting fixture resembles an eerie spider with long-reaching “arms” and “legs” outfitted with spotlights.

Oversized lamps

January 18, 2011

I haven’t posted in a while, so to get back in the swing of things, here’s a round up of big and oversized lamps, starting with a giant Anglepoise lamp, which was created to celebrate the 70th birthday of the design:

I liked the lamp itself but also the fun marketing shots. Anglepoise also have an active twitter presence too.

This type of fun photo is easy to achieve, when you have a suitable small prop to counterpoint the lamp.


BBC World Cup Studio

June 17, 2010

The BBC’s £1million studio in Cape Town drew predictable criticism a few months ago, in the current austere financial climate. The disapproval, from the Daily Mail and other tabloids, was heightened by the BBC’s decision not to use the Soccer City media centre in Johannesburg. The move was reported as a snub for Johannesburg and the country’s capital Pretoria – places that are trying to shake off reputations for being crime-ridden, but are still considered as less appealing destinations.

The Mirror posted an article this week, from Martin Fricker behind-the-scenes pictures at the BBC studio.

The ‘coffee table’ uses coloured lighting (LED or perhaps cold cathode?) that seems to be slightly different between day and night broadcasts, giving a subtle change of mood.

Cape Town was chosen for the views of Table Mountain and Green Point stadium. The BBC defended it’s decision and described the construction as ‘flat-pack’ arguing that money will be saved when the studio is broken down to be used again later.

The light, airy feel of the studio is clearly important to the design, and keeping the windows spotlessly clean is obviously crucial to this.

The studio has five walls 23ft wide and is on the roof the six-storey Somerset hospital building, which is probably located somewhere behind the stadium in the picture below.

Recession-busting trends

March 24, 2010

idfx covered luxury bathroom looks recently. The piece tracked the inception of this trend from statement pieces from big-name star designers, which has filtered down to a more mainstream demand. Several vanity units were showcased for those indulgent, high-end projects, with a focus on splashing out on the most lavish materials possible.

I also found the bianchini capponi collection, on West One Bathrooms’ site, which features six vanities designed with wood bases and beige marble tops.

CP Hart’s Hoxton vanities feature solid walnut and can have high-gloss,  copper, star anise or conker-clad drawers.

DesignerPages takes a look at the American market with a glitzy view on lighting inspired by the Oscars. A collection of glittering, metallic statement pieces are collected in a blog post on sister site 3rings, such as the Mirror Chandelier by Studio Roso at Boston’s Ames Hotel (below)…

… or the Savoy Chandelier by Zia-Priven, which features three tiers of handmade crystals.

Proof that some clients will still have a taste for luxury whatever the climate.

LEDs and the future of sustainable lighting

March 2, 2010
LumeLEX 2000 by Lighting Services Inc

LumeLEX 2000 by Lighting Services Inc

A useful article from Popular Mechanics no less on the advantages of solid-state (LED and OLED) lighting, and the reasons why they are yet to be widely adopted by consumers or design professionals.

1. Energy efficiency
A LED circuit will approach 80% efficiency, meaning that 80% of the electrical energy is converted to light energy, whilst the remaining 20% is lost as heat energy. Incandescent bulbs operate at about 20% efficiency, with 80% of the electrical energy being lost as heat.

2. Operational life
LED lamps have an operational life of around 100,000 hours, whereas for incandescent bulbs it is approximately 10,000 hours.

3. Durability
LEDs don’t have a filament so are not damaged in circumstances where a incandescent bulb would break. They are also resistant to bumps and vibration.

4. Mercury free
There’s no mercury in LED lamps.

To be fair there are also a couple of downsides that LED lamps still need to address. They’re more expensive, which is largely down to the ‘limited economies of scale compared to the long-established techniques for manufacturing incandescents and fluorescents’, and they ‘render other colors poorly compared to traditional bulbs.

But there is huge potential. To put a number on it, the US Department of Energy calculates that the potential energy savings of broadly deployed LED and OLED lighting could save 1,488 terrawatt-hours (2010-2030), ‘representing a savings of $120 billion at today’s energy prices’.

Moving on, the winners of the Next Generation Luminaires™ awards were announced recently. Started in 2008, the awards promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for general illumination in commercial lighting applications.

This year’s best in class were:

Curve by Finelite, Inc

Curve by Finelite, Inc

The Curve by Finelite is a portable desk lamp, producing a useful, rectangular beam of light over task area. Light levels can be adjusted by touch-activated dimming. The luminaire head and stem swivel, and the stem flexes to a height of 17″ or an extension of 16″. Power supply is a separate component; LED module is field replaceable.

Stile Styk by STILE, a brand of SPILIGHTING Inc.

Stile Styk by STILE, a brand of SPILIGHTING Inc.

Stile Styk is a linear, wall-mounted IP66-rated luminaire suitable for wall washing, illuminating white boards and other applications. The 1.5″ diameter housing is field adjustable and locks in place. Shown here with a remote power supply enclosure, Stile Styk is available in a range of white and colored light options, sizes, wattages, and mounting configurations.

Evolve™ LED R150 by GE Lighting Solutions

Evolve™ LED R150 by GE Lighting Solutions

The GE Evolve™ LED Series Roadway Medium Cobrahead provides good pavement uniformity, effective glare control, and reduced light trespass. The Evolve light engine consists of nested concentric directional reflectors that minimize the visibility of discrete LED’s. Low profile, die-cast housing with easy access to driver and light engine.

VizorLED by Philips Wide-Lite

VizorLED by Philips Wide-Lite

VizorLED is designed specifically for parking garage and undercanopy lighting. The Non-Direct View (NDV) optical system hides the LEDs from direct line-of-sight, significantly reducing glare, while maintaining luminaire and application efficacy. Five percent uplight also improves visual comfort. Control options include a dimmable driver and integral Proximo occupancy sensor with programmable low setting.

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