Archive for the ‘Lighting’ Category
We love this sculptural pair of adjustable table lights by renowned Italian lighting designer/manufacturer Goffredo Reggiani.
Made from high quality steel, cast iron and ABS plastic these modernist lights would work equally well as bedside or as reading lights in a lounge.
Due to their unique construction (each shade is held in place by a magnet) both shade and height can be adjusted incrementally for optimum focus of light.
Stamped ‘Reggiani’ ‘Made in Italy’ on base.
Complete with two new 60w half chrome reflector bulbs.
We love the ´UFO´ sensibility of this pendant light fixture made by Danish firm Fog & Morup.
Designed by architect Hans Due, it was part of a series of lighting called ´Optima´ which also included a floor and table version all with this unique space-age minimal form.
Dated around 1968 and made into the early 70´s we are equally impressed with the high quality of construction and its sheer functionality.
When illuminated there is a perfect balance between ambient and directional light which makes it perfect for kitchen or lounge environment.
Made in Denmark.
With original label
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We love the animated quality of this multi adjustable table light!
Designed in 1972 the light was constructed of three elbow-shaped abs components, linked to a cylindrical base which rotate freely to provide for an infinite variety of lighting requirements.
It was also equipped with a glass optical lens which was designed to create a concentrated beam for close up work.
With its futuristic look and lab like lens its no wonder it was included on the set of SPACE 1999!
Stamped on base ´Tatu patent pending´ Made in Spain, Design Andre´ Ricard.
We love the form and function of this ´Op Art´ wall light designed by Bent Karlby for Danish lighting firm Lyfa.
The light which is entitled ´Kavadrille´ is constructed from sheet steel sections. When illuminated the light from each section creates a wonderful ambient effect of contrasting shadow and light.
The form is also reminiscent of the iconic paining ´Homage to the Square´ by modernist painter Joseph Albers.(1888-1976)
With original ´Lyfa´ paper label.
We have just recently acquired the most beautiful Scandinavian light fixture.
The sculptural form is constructed from a series of complex cut and folded interlocking polymer sheets. The result is a stylish modernist take on the more traditional Japanese paper lantern.
Dated circa 1960 this fixture is certainly Scandinavian with a high probability of Danish origin.
Due to it´s unique construction, when illuminated the fixture creates a wonderful ambient effect of shadow and light making it the perfect choice for a focal piece above the dining or kitchen table!
Just in this rare `Pallade` light fixture designed by Studio Tetrarch and made by iconic Italian lighting company Artemide.
Designed in 1968 the spherical `Pallade` is constructed from heavy duty ABS plastic and houses a glass diffuser designed to create an even pool of light focused on any item directly below. It is the perfect kitchen or dining room fixture. The light effortlessly embodies all which is great about Italian pop that was so dominant in Italy during the 1960`s.
Stamped `Artemide` `Made in Italy`
Just in, the classic `Tizio` table light designed by German industrial designer Richard Sapper for renowned Italian lighting company Artemide.
This `Rolls Royce` of task lights was originally designed in 1972 and enjoyed huge popularity during the 1980`s not just for it`s gravity defying functionality but also for it`s sleek masculine style.
It won a Compasso d`Oro award in 1989 for a technical breakthrough in the way that the counterbalanced arms conduct low voltage current to eliminate the wires and springs that are characterized by most anglepoise desk lights.
The `Tizio` has subsequently become one of the worlds most recognized design icons and is also included in the permanent collection of the MOMA in New York.
The light is still being produced today in Italy by Artemide, and can be seen in many chic interiors throughout the world.
This elegant `Semi` light fixture by architect duo Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup for Danish lighting firm Fog & Morup is another wonderful example of the Scandinavian `less is more` approach to design. First produced in 1967 the shape of the fixture is an evolution of the highly stylized tulip form that gained in popularity in the mid 1950´s. The simplicity of form gives this light an extremely refined and attenuated sensibility.
The fixture is particularly suitable for illuminating kitchen and dining tables and has graced many European interiors during the 1960´s and 1970´s, especially in Scandinavia!
The ´Semi´ was produced in various sizes and colours, including white, brown and black, with the rarest finish being of polished chrome.
We love the animated appearance and vibrant colours of these task lights made by Luxo and Tensor. Both lights date around the late 1960´s and are exceptionally well made.
The Norwegian lighting company Luxo was founded by engineer Jac Jacobsen, the name being derived from the Latin – I give light. The company was pivotal in the development of the anglepoise task light which soon became a real productivity booster in schools, offices and industrial plants throughout the world, eventually becoming a design icon amongst architects and designers right up to the present day.
The Tensor company was an American company founded by Jay Monroe in 1957.It became famous for the invention of a sturdy high-intensity desk light specifically aimed at students and was widely used in schools and laboratories throughout the US. Although the Tensor was highly successful it later became challenged and eventually defeated by another popular rival lighting solution called the Lytegem designed by Michael Lax and distributed by Lightolier. Interestingly American business schools later used the case study of the Tensor Corp to demonstrate that even with a great product, a company can flounder through poor management.
Our examples are dated Circa 1960 and are in excellent ´working´ condition.
We love this great little table light by innovative lighting firm Lightolier.
Named the ´Eclipse´ the central ceramic shade can be rotated 360 so that the bulb within can be incrementally obscured at any point altering the level of intensity .
The ideal combination of ambient and directional light makes this light perfect for a bedside table, reading room or entrance way!
Dated circa 1970.
We have just restored this beautiful, slender ´Papillona´ torchiere designed by Topia Scarpa for iconic Italian lighting company Flos. The striking black and red colour combination combined with it´s sleek form gives this light a Post-Modern aesthetic. However our research reveals that it was actually first designed in 1973 and was one of the first lights designed using (then) new halogen technology.
The ´Papillona´ stands an impressive 6 1/2 ft tall and is constructed from die-cast aluminium. The shade consists of prismatically cut pieces of diffuser glass which when illuminated give additional emphasis to the lateral emission of light. Perfect for illuminating a piece of artwork, architectural detail or dark corner.
Tobia Scarpa is the son of world renowned architect Carlo Scarpa. He has spent the majority of his his career in Italy, and has actively collaborated with his wife, Afra, on designs for nearly every major international company, including Flos, Cassina, Knoll and B&B Italia.
Interestingly the ´Papillona´ is still made by Flos today, proof that good design stands up to the test of time.
Ours dates around 1980. Stamped on base ´Flos , Papillona, Made in Italy´
Maximum 500W halogen bulb. With manual dim switch to adjust intensity of light.
Once in a while we acquire a great piece of Japanese design.
On each occasion we are always impressed by the quality of construction, attention to detail, and above all how visually different the item appears compared to its European & North American counterpart.
The ´Iota´ table light by Hikaru Mori is no exception. Designed in 1994 for the Italian lighting firm Nemo Italianan Luce, it is constructed from a heat resistant opal polycarbonate which can be illuminated when the shade is angled into the body.
The design provides a functional directional light but also allows the user to create a wonderful ambient look in the simplest of actions.
The form of the ´Iota´ also strongly referances Japanese imagery, such as a subservient ´Geisha´ or powerful ´Shogun´ warrior.
In the words of Hikaru Mori:
“Iota is honest, sincere and simple. It is your companion, it lights up for you in an intelligent way while remaining discreet, like a good servant”
This desk light by virtuoso American lighting designer Robert Sonneman is clearly a piece of sculpture masquerading as a light!
Designed in 1987 and made by the high end New York lighting firm George Kovacs this light is undoubtedly a homage to the early 1980´s Italian design movement ´Memphis´.
The ´Memphis´ movement was a design collective composed of a number of Italian and international architects/industrial designers who challenged the status quo of what was then deemed to be ´good modern design´which was built on the foundation of 1950´s /1960´s Bauhaus influenced modernism.
The Memphis colour palette was a ´pop´ primary with an emphasis on unexpected shapes and forms, sometimes juxtaposed at bizarre angles to each other, these shapes would also often appear almost ´childlike´ in their simplicity and appearance. At the time reaction to this design movement was far from unanimously favorable however it´s existence proved to be hugely influential throughout all aspects of design and fashion within that decade and beyond.
We have a very striking pair of canary yellow ´cylinder´ table lamps with half reflector bulbs and original dim switches. These futuristic lights were designed and made by Origina Lighting, Toronto Canada.
Origina was founded in 1974 by Gustavo Martinez who specialized in contemporary residential lighting with a Pop aesthetic.
In 1956 as part of the Mexican Youth program, Martinez along with his brother cycled across the continent and settled in Toronto. Martinez then worked as a draftsman for the Canadian National Telegraph, before graduating in mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto in 1967.
By the early Seventies, Martinez founded Origina and it´s first product line featured lighting with exposed large bulbs and highly polished metal bases of a sculptural branch-like configuration in either chrome or aluminium. This series was immediately successful much to the surprize of Martinez himself!