Artemide, FLOS, and Marset stand apart as the iconic manufacturers that all lighting industry insiders aspire to emulate. These lines are prolific and have the uncanny ability to start and maintain decades-long trends through their ever-evolving signature aesthetic and enduring engineering.
In this post, we will share a few of our favorite products and the three industry-leading trends that you need to know about now.
Trend 1: Multi-tasking luminaires with traffic-stopping form & exceptional function
From Artemide: EGGBOARD SUSPENSION by Giovanni Giacobone – Massimo Roy
A highly efficient appliance combining acoustic and luminous efficiency, Eggboard is available in color temperatures of 3000 or 3500 K. Crafted of sound-absorbing PET which bears a striking resemblance to cardboard egg packaging, active “faces” operate at the top and bottom to minimize sound reflections. The curved sinusoid layer encloses multiple low-voltage LEDs assembled on board whose light emission is adjusted and controlled with roto-symmetrical reflectors. Soft downlight and controlled dark light are suitable for offices equipped with video terminals.
Available in a matrix or downlight in a suspended panel with or without light. Green, grey, or white. Combinable and customizable.
From Flos: LA PLUS BELLE by Phillip Starke
La Plus Belle is a mirror with incorporated light sources. The aluminum frame is available in various finishes (polished gold, polished copper, polished bronze, and aluminum, and houses high chromatic rendering led light sources (CRI 95) and an optical opal silicone diffuser.
The mirror is made of .24″ extra-clear glass, with a layer of safety and aesthetic film to the rear, and it is fixed to the frame by means of a polycarbonate glazing bead.
La Plus Belle mirror is hung from the wall by means of a hook with a dual magnet fixing device to keep it in position. It is powered by means of a wall-mounted power supply unit or IEC power cord and connector socket. The optic sensor command fitted to the mirror or remote 0-10/1-10 V – PUSH – DALI control can be used as a dimmer to adjust the light intensity by 10% to 100% in either direction.
From Marset: FOLLOW ME PLUS by Inma Bermúdez
FollowMe broke the mold and opened a new path in lighting: a beautiful, portable lamp to carry anywhere, a personal object that provides light and warmth. Following a good run, and almost by popular demand, we present the larger and brighter FollowMe Plus.
FollowMe Plus complements its classic predecessor. While the original size is perfect for cozy areas, the Plus reproduces the same warmth and quality of light with greater power. This version stands out for its ability to create entire atmospheres and is great as a table lamp, desk lamp, or even on the floor.
Trend 2: Workplace lighting that boasts beauty & efficiency
From Flos: SMITHFIELD by Jasper Morrison
Smithfield Suspension LED version is now available in two color temperatures 2700K and 3000K. Available in 3500K, please inquiry for more details.
Part of the Smithfield family, the Smithfield Suspension manages to be both grand and unassuming in Halogen and new LED versions. Providing direct light through its aluminum body, it is well suited for a variety of environments. Available in black, matte black, mud and white. Its diffuser is injection-molded opalescent PC (polycarbonate).
The steel ceiling attachment features a steel suspension cable, and the three-pole electric cable is PTFE double insulation.
From Marset: DJEMBE by Joan Gasper
The Echo of Light: Like the echo of a drum, the Djembé collection is designed for repetition, creating musical compositions of light on the ceiling. A bell-shaped ceiling fixture with an exposed interior, Djembé is available in numerous sizes and bright, airy colors that can be used individually or combined to create a brilliant statement piece.
Using a rotomolding technique allowed the designer, Joan Gaspar, to design a fixture with vastly different interiors and exteriors: its outside recalls the texture of a stone, giving off a perception of great weight, emphasized by its volume. In the spacious interior, you’ll find a smooth, white space perfect for the reflection of light. Djembé is a lamp designed for use in public spaces that seeks to bring beauty and an unbeatable quality of light.
From Artemide: SERIES Y SYSTEMS/SUSPENSION by Artemide in collaboration with Gensler, serving as a product design consultant for the Series Y Collection
Series Y is an innovative new lighting system that is ideal for the modern workspace. While designing the fixture, they looked at how light affects people’s emotions, how designers use architectural systems within the work environment, how people can benefit from proper lighting, and how technology can play a fundamental role in the future of office lighting.
The resulting fixture’s design innovation starts from the cross-section itself: a pure, simple, parabolic optic found in nature that efficiently delivers comfortable lighting.
Trend 3: Luminaires as art
From Marset: DIPPING LIGHT pendant by Jordi Canudas
The history of the Dipping Light has only just begun. Marset wasn’t willing to settle for just the two table lamp sizes it has come in so far. Its most poetic light expands its uses and is now offered as a portable lamp, suspension lamp, wall lamp, and a new table lamp size –ø20 cm– to bridge the gap between the small and large sizes. The colors are the same, with an expanded model line-up.
The new suspension Dipping Light gets rid of everything to keep only the essential, with color taking center stage. When using several lamps to make a composition, the visual effect is mesmerizing. This new version comes in three sizes, with 5, 8, and 12 inches diameters.
With the Cluster accessory, it is possible to connect several suspension lamps into a single point of light, offering the absolute freedom to build with light. This accessory helps to illuminate large spaces or create compositions with this collection.
Two different optical solutions are developed within the same profile. The first provides comfortable diffusing emission, illuminating non-operational spaces softly and efficiently.
The second has a UGR controlled emission, ideal for workstations.
From Artemide: PIRCE SUSPENSION by Giuseppe Maurizio Scutellà
Spirals gently descend delivering sculptural light effects. Painted aluminum body in white or black. Available in full size, mini and micro for wall, ceiling, and suspension.
From Flos: ARRANGEMENTS by Michael Anastassiades
Designed by Michael Anastassiades, Arrangements is a modular system of geometric light elements that can be combined in different ways, creating multiple compositions into individual chandeliers. Each unit simply attaches onto the previous one as if resting, balancing perfectly as a part of a glowing chain.
The inspiration behind the design:
“I have always been fascinated with the parallel that exists between Lighting and Jewelry. Starting from the simple fact of how each piece relates to human scale: one is designed to be worn on the body whereas the other is made to decorate the space someone occupies. I’m challenged in how the delicate nature of something small can be translated spatially and still manages to retain its preciousness in the way materials are presented. It is no coincidence that the word “pendant” has a double meaning. Existing both as a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn around the neck, and a light designed to hang from the ceiling.” – Michael Anastassiades
Best of all, you can use the configurator to make your own Arrangements—just click here.
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