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    2015: International Year of Light

    Milan’s festival of light, Euroluce, is held every two years in conjunction with Milan’s Salone de Mobile. This year it celebrated its 28th edition.

    Milan Design Week Nick Hughes Yellowtrace LE 18 Feature Image

    News - 28.09.2015

    Czech lighting maestros Lasvit created a “Temple of Light” for the exhibition, uniting unique designs with masterful glass production. Lasvit’s unique vision included Supernova, an interactive kinetic installation by designer Petra Krausova that magically transformed its form in response to the viewer’s movements. Lasvit also presented collections by world-class designers and artists including the Campana Brothers, Maxim Velcovsky, Jan Plechac and Henry Wielgus and Studio deFORM.

    The fantastical installations of WonderGlass straddle the line between design and fine art, combining the tangible with the intangible. Original ideas and design excellence are at the heart of the brand, and this was demonstrated again this year at each of their two Milan exhibits. At the Istituto dei Ciechi, Wonderglass celebrated simple elements made elegant by unique combinations of material and shape.

    Nao Tamura’s ‘Momento’ light expressed a dialogue between nature and technology, capturing the ephemeral beauty of a water drop falling from a leaf. Zaha Hadid Design’s statement piece, Swarm, employed traditional techniques of glass craftsmanship to create subtle refractions onto organic surfaces, the impact magnified by its sheer size.

    At Euroluce, WonderGlass launched Calimero by Dan Yeffet, a crossover pendant design in copper and handblown glass inspired by luminous spheres from the past. Nao Tamura’s sculptural Flow [T] floated serenely in space, her design a crossover of cultures rather than materials – the colours of the Venetian lagoon and the duality of Venice’s character interpreted with a subtlety suggestive of the designer’s Japanese heritage.

    Equally impressive was Jaime Hayon’s playful Masquerade; a chandelier made up of a collection of characters inspired by the Venetian masquerade ball. In amber blown glass, with variations creating interest and depth, the creation has all the hallmarks that have made Hayon one of Times Magazine’s 100 most relevant creators of our times.

    Also at Euroluce, New York wunderkids Theo Richardson, Alexander Williams and Charles Brill from Rich Brilliant Willing introduced new LED lights Crisp and Queue as well as the thoughtfully engineered Palindrome chandelier, Mori lanterns and Radient sconces. “We don’t compete in that area of making another square box,” said the designers. “Our philosophy is about creating light that is lively and expressive.”

    Critically acclaimed, UK-based lighting newcomers Buster + Punch cast Milan into complete darkness for their first appearance at Design Week with The Blackout.

    Celebrating the launch of the LED Buster Bulb and Heavy Metal, Buster + Punch created a breathtaking installation of over 1,000 Buster Bulbs in a completely blacked-out show. Hot on the heels of the opening of their new London showroom and workshop, the presentation was another coup for the brand, garnering an enthusiastic response from fair-goers. Their story feels like it’s just beginning.

    Images: Nick Hughes/Yellowtrace

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