NAME TO WATCH MARC WOOD STUDIO
Coming from a dynasty of crystal glass producers in the Czech Republic, London-based lighting designer Marc Wood combines traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. The ‘Pleated Crystal’ collection (from £750, below), his first consumer project, pairs artisanal glasswork with precision engineering, refracting light to create a dancing glow (marcwoodstudio.com).
THE LIGHT WITHIN
The iconic storage units by Swiss brand USMnow come with integrated, wireless illumination. The ‘HallerE’ discreetly houses lighting elements within the metal rods that comprise the furniture’s frame, adding a warm daylight glow or bright white ambience to shelves, display cases and the insides of drawers. The lighting system can also befitted to existing USM pieces. From £1,019 (usm.com).
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FLICK THE SWITCH
Add some design interest to the humble light switch with Forbes & Lomax’s luxury fittings. The ‘Verdigris’ range has an aged bronze patina that will make turning on a light a simple, everyday pleasure. From £68 (forbesandlomax.com)
Omer Arbel, creative director at Bocci I find myself fascinated by our lighting designs . when they’re switched off, sometimes more so than when they’re turned on. It’s interest to think of them as beautiful sculptural elements that emit light in a kind of incidental way.
FIVE OF THE BEST PORTABLE LIGHTS
Wireless And Wonderful, These Lanterns Can Brighten Up Any Space
1 The ‘Nox’ light is made from hand-blown opaline glass and can be used outdoors as well as inside. From £678, Astep (astep.design).
2 Kartell’s ‘Lantern’ has the look of a retro design, but is encased in colourful plastic which reflects and refracts the LED within. From £165 (kartell.com).
3 Designed by Barber & Osgerby for Flos, the ‘Bellhop’ light was created for the London Design Museum restaurant. Out early 2018 (flos.com).
4 As well as a nifty light, Pablo Lighting’s ‘UMA’ sound lantern is also a Bluetooth speaker, emitting 360-degree tunes. £450, Chaplins (chaplins.co.uk).
5 Inspired by Venetian glass, the ‘Empatia Mobile’ lamp by Artemide has a ‘light pipe’ which echoes the shape of a candle.
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