Milan 2019 – Flexible materials like leather, LED tape, power cables and aluminium are at the base of a new trend on show at Euroluce 2019, the biennial exhibition of Milan Furniture Fair. Formafantasma, Davide Groppi, Philippe Malouin and more have been experimenting with technology and materials to create modular solution that can adapt to multiple spaces. Rather than an object, lighting design is becoming more and more a system or a network of units that allow endless configurations.
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Buckle up and shine!
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec have created BELT, a modular lighting system for large spaces. Launched by FLOS, “The design is based on flexibility by combining soft elements – leather belts – and rigid parts – long LED beams,” explain the Broullec Bbothers. The beginning section falls down from the ceiling, or raise from the wall or the floor, then it’s suspended through the buckle of the first hanging belt. Then the light beam starts from there.
Pull it, press it, switch it, dim it… Technologic? No, elastic!
Martinelli Luce presents design Habit(s)’ ELASTICA, a floor-to-ceiling luminous belt available in several colours. The flexible LED circuit contained in the strip can be pulled up or down to dim the light. Switch it on and off by simply pulling it. When not in need, a set of Elastica strips can create a colorful display on the wall.
Adhesive conductive strip transforms Light into the ultimate artist’s brush
Every lighting designer has dreamed more than once to create guilloches and engrave darkness with light. Davide Groppi has created ENDLESS, an adhesive strip, a conductive ribbon and a digital line that can be applied to any surface. Wall and ceilings become electronic circuits where to apply ENDLESS configurations. The solution brings electricity anywhere, allowing to connect multiple lighting devices that can be controlled and regulated separately via wireless technology.
The humble power cable is king
Formafantasma’s Wireline pendant lamp for FLOS has flattened a power cable until it looks like a belt made of rubber and hang it from the ceiling. The wire holds a ribbed glass extrusion containing a LED light source. “The lamp plays on the contrast between the industrial feeling of the rubber and the sophistication of glass” says Andrea Trimarchi of Formafantasma to Archipanic.
Light as a metaphor of human connections
Pallavi Dean – founder of Dubai based studio ROAR – has designed for Artemide a flexible system that integrates light and services and fosters a positive message. Suspended cylinders fixed to the ceiling or to the wall, guide a flexible LED light line, allowing to freely model it following soft and unexpected geometries. The light connects the different elements of the system, evoking a theme of connections and relationships: “Interweave celebrates connections, the intersection of countries, cultures and creativity as a unique source of energy,” says Pallavi Dean.
Arching over the sofa and across the living room
Philippe Malouin is a recidive camper. “We put the tent rods in a corner, next to a reel of LED tape. When I saw these next to each other I had an idea,” confessed the designer. His ‘archy’ POLE design for Roll & Hill creates a giant curvy line across the room. Rather than uplighting or area lighting, the modular aluminium construction for the New York brand illuminates a broad range of space in multiple configurations along walls, floors and ceilings.
ChainDelier bejewels the room with light
Davide Groppi has also launched ChainDelier, a golden chain that bend under its own weight, creating a perfect parabola and projecting light from its lower point. “I was looking for a chandelier, something new by classic, simple but with character. Like a pearl necklace.” Like a jewel, the design can be whatever you want it to be, inserting more chains and lighting devices, with the lights facing up or down.
All images and the video: courtesy of the brands and the designers
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