100% Design: Sustainable lighting and incredible ideas

posted on Friday, 12th October 2018 by Chris Jenkins

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Just because modern lighting systems embrace sustainability, doesn’t mean they have to be dull. Recent advances in LED and smart technology mean that designers can in fact do more than ever before, using cool lights, lightweight materials, and responsive systems.
 
100% Design exhibition in London’s Olympia recently showcased some of the boldest and most innovative designs.
 
Contemporary Chandelier Co’s bespoke LED lighting (pictured top) is sculptural in design and modern in construction, using steel, glass and acrylic to spin fantastic shapes and colours. Each one-off design is created for an individual space, exploiting 30 years’ experience in working with blown glass, as well as the latest lighting technologies.

CCC specialises in large residential and commercial installations and centrepieces, working closely with architects and handcrafting each piece in England in limited numbers annually. Notable at 100% Design were the Medusa and Hydra, jellyfish-style designs with two lighting circuits, one for the main lights, the other for the trailing fibre optics.
 
Lighting 2 Kinetura

Kinetura adaptive lighting (pictured above) features ‘metamorphic luminaires’ which can be built into walls or ceilings, or stand alone. Products include Tokyo, an in-wall design which morphs open to reveal the light behind it, and Shanghai, a chandelier which changes from a cylindrical to a tulip shape. The products can be integrated with home control systems to they perform at preset times or respond to movement – the result is eerily fascinating. 
 
Lighting 3 ANDlight

ANDlight’s Vine (above) is a modular lighting cluster using low-energy LED lighting in opal glass shades with steel casing. The exaggerated form and propensity for repetition result in an ambitious vertically scaling fixture, which by utilizing low wattage LED lamps can create a big presence with a small energy draw.

Designed in Vancouver, it’s available in several set length pendants, flush mount sconce or ceiling mount, in chrome, midnight chrome and warm white finished. Custom colours are also available.

Lighting 4 Foldo Crop

An environmentally-friendly note is also struck by Foldo of Romania. Its clever cardboard lampshades are delivered flat-packed, and can be assembled in minutes into attractive 3D designs. The movie-style Theatre collection is particularly striking, with one version of the Projector shade coming with its own cardboard tripod.

Other shades are available in a range of colours. The shades can be fitted with almost any kind of bulb, and there are designs suited to hanging, floor-standing and tabletops.
 
Lighting 5 Artelier C

Perhaps most visually stunning are Belgian company Artelier C’s haute couture light ornaments (pictured above), spun by hand from lightweight carbon fibre (artist Tom Claeys says some of his works are lighter in weight than the paint on the ceiling they’re suspended from). Each piece is unique to its setting, designed to fit perfectly into the designated space within a building and symmetrically and asymmetrically fashioned into one huge, suspended, geometric ensemble.
 
The secret artisan production process requires an ambient temperature of 26°C and involves mixing the carbon fibres with epoxy. They are then applied to a mould by hand and left to harden at 60°C for three days. The carbon-fibre spheres produced can reach a height of 2 metres, making them extremely physically demanding to work with.
 
One finished sphere may contain up to 400 metres of carbon fibre, while there may be as many as 160 spheres in one chandelier. The items created, which are always conceived as a single element, can range in size up to 20 metres.
 
Suspended, direct mounted, wall-mounted, floor-standing and table-standing designs are available, but the only real limit is the client’s imagination. Visit www.artelierc.com to see some stunning examples.

Chris Jenkins

Inside ID contributor Chris Jenkins is a freelance technology and industry journalist working for a wide range of consumer and B2B magazines and websites

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