Archive for 2009
21
Dec
Luceplan Titania

Luceplan Titania

Wish I were there to see it!!
From December,6 to January,10 Milan hosts the first edition of  LED, The International Light Festival promoted by the Milan Town Council on the occasion of the Christmas Holidays.
Paolo Rizzatto, who designs for Luceplan, created an exceptional path of lights in the historical squares near the Scala Theatre. He  transformed the Titania Lamp into a big installation suspended in the sky. The Titania pendant light , which he designed with Alberto Meda in 1989 is one of the Italian icons of Italian design.
We carry the smaller version that will light up your living or dining area with a cheerful design, unique.

20
Dec
Flos Fucsia 12

Flos Fucsia 12

The dining room chandelier is the place to create a Wow! experience.
Make this centerpiece a strong focal point.
Allow yourself to splurge  on a designer piece or hang the crystal chandelier you hauled all the way back from the Paris flea market. Get it rewired and just do it!!
Caution: You want this piece to stand out and “make” the room, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the workhorse that does it all.
Add buffet lamps, candles, indirect lighting to the illumination over your dining table.
One light source by itself creates too harsh transitions between the areas of light and shadows. You want to create several layers of light throughout the area and you want to be able to dim all lights to fit the tasks or mood of the moment.

Dining Area as seen in "Skona Hem"

Balance is key.
It is proven that the even, bland light of fast-food restaurants make people hurry up and leave sooner.  High end restaurants , however, deploy a variety of sophisticated subtle lighting schemes to create a comfortable atmosphere that make guests want to linger. We look and feel a whole lot better better in good lighting and it’s usually so easy to achieve with a few simple adjustments.

20
Dec
Light up Your Dining Table with Indirect Lighting

Want to add interest to a room, highlight your collectibles, and add ambient lighting:  try lighting your cabinets or – like here – add  illuminated niches.

One  way to take away from the harshness of the main light source in a dining area is to use additional  lighting around the edge of the  room.  This diminishes the strong contrasts between light and shadow in the room and makes it possible to dim  the main fixture, usually the pendant light or chandelier over the dining table to a comfortable, more intimate level.
Buffets and hutches  can be illuminated from within and light up your collections of china or treasured pieces .
Look for the color temperature of the bulbs you use for your display. In order to get the effect shown here you need to look for bulbs (lamps) close to 3000K (Kelvin.)
Most quality halogen and fluorescent lamps give you the color temperature as well as the  CRI (Color Rendering Index.) If there is a choice, look for a CRI as close to 100 as you can get.

My comments to this beautiful dining area: I love how the illuminated niches stand out and add architectural interest to the space. They fill the room with warmth and make the art pieces “pop”.
That said, I find that  the pendant light / chandelier looks kind of lost way above the table.  Is it even centered? – It looks like some kind of afterthought.  Lowering it would do a world of difference.

Rule of thumb for mounting height of a pendant of chandelier : 30″ above the dining table.

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10
Dec

Holidays in Santa Fe

Santa Fe Christmas

Love this time of the year! All over town the houses are decorated with luminarias, these humble little paper bags held in place with a scoop of sand and glowing from  votive candles. Of course a lot are now the fake kind (plastic bags on string lights), but come Christmas eve, entire neighborhoods are lined up with the flickering, warm glow of the real thing. That, mingled with the fragrant  scent of the smoke from pinon wood fires to me is Christmas in Santa Fe.

18
Nov
One of the many restaurants we have illuminated is Fusion.
For the serene decor, owner Min Park  chose the Ingo Maurer Floatation.
Perfect!
Ingo Maurer Flotation

Ingo Maurer Flotation

11
Nov

New from Artemide: Aqua Sil

Artemide Aqua Sil Table Lamp

Artemide Aqua Sil Table Lamp

It’s obvious where Ross Lovegrove got his inspiration for the unique Aqua Sil series of lamps and ceiling lights he designed for Artemide.
Resembling ripples of water on a quiet lake  the highly reflective surface seems to react to the colors of the surroundings, picking up hues of colors around it.

The Aqua Sil table lamp is more than just a workhorse. It’s a work of art, a piece to fall in love with.

“Lovegrove’s specialty is in qualifying the present moment in design, rather than restyling the past, by employing new technologies with new materials to define new shapes.”

New York Times

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18
Oct

Ingo Maurer’s latest installation,  Lacrime de Pescatore (Tears of the Fisherman),  is magical! Ingo Maurer Lacrime del Pescatore
Layered nylon nets in three different sizes are laden with approximately 350 crystals shimmering  like drops of water. Installed across a ceiling, it creates that feeling that you are underwater, looking up at a fisherman’s glistening net.
I frst saw it in Munich in the Ingo Maurer showroom and was so charmed by it that I forgot to take photos !”
The light source itself is not even part of this unique “light fixture” but is  fixed separately to the wall and aimed to shine at the netting and crystals to illuminate them. You can see this clearly in the second photo.
As an added touch it is packaged it in a fun “to go”container. Ingo Maurer calls it a cash and carry chandelier!

Ingo Maurer Lacrime del Pescatore

Ingo Maurer Lacrime del Pescatore

03
Oct
Affordable Contemporary Lighting

Affordable Contemporary Lighting

At Form + Function we want to show that contemporary lighting can be affordable.We offer hundreds of wall sconces, pendant lights, outdoor lighting starting at under $50.

Click on the images to enter our online showroom for some great prices and discounts.

Form + Function is 25!

Form + Function is 25!

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06
Sep

Graffiti

grafitti

grafitti

Good graffiti intrigues me.

Stumbled across this one on a door in a small cobble-stoned side street in Sopron, Hungary.

Looks like a stenciled picture.

Who’s the guy?

06
Sep
Skygarden pendants in hotel lobby

Skygarden pendants in hotel lobby

Hotel Palazzo Zichy, Budapest sets the best stage possible to show off the beauty of these over-sized pendant lights designed by Marcel Wanders for FLOS.
They are gorgeous!!!
I had seen them in showrooms, but this was the first time up close and personal.  The combination of the  liquid-paint black exterior and the fabulously  decorated matte plaster interior was stunning. Especially beautiful was the manner the light bulb is concealed.

This hotel, where we were fortunate to spend four nights was such a treat for the eye: a beautifully restored private Palazzo that must have been practically gutted then restored lovingly with attention to every detail.
Great, great lights everywhere. I was in heaven and couldn’t stop taking photos.
It is located really conveniently close to everything. We walked from  there through streets lined with small outdoor cafes and restaurants to the center of town, the Danube river and across the bridge to the castle.

Budapest is a beautiful city, full of history and much more vibrant than I had expected.  This will definitely not be our last visit! – and we know where to stay! It was not only the lights and the architecture that intrigued me, but the service, which was so warm and friendly.

Hotel Palazzo Zichy

Hotel Palazzo Zichy

Skygarden from FLOS

Skygarden from FLOS

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