MAISON&OBJET Paris, Stockholm Furniture Fair and Fiera Milano represent some of the top furniture, accessory and lighting fairs in Europe. The best contemporary designs are introduced during these fairs, and lighting designers didn’t disappoint this year.
Here are 10 of the most stunning new light fixtures to come from the top European design shows. Get ready to see them (or inspired versions of them) at a retailer near you soon.
73 by Bocci
Bocci, the Vancouver- and Berlin-based contemporary design and manufacturing company, introduced the 73 series at the Paris show. Each one-of-a-kind piece results from blowing liquid glass into a folded, heat-resistant ceramic fabric container. As the molten glass cools, it hardens into textural shapes. A flat LED light is strategically positioned to diffuse light throughout the glass.
Bolle by Giopato & Coombes
This stunning light fixture is the vision of an English architect (Coombes) and an Italian designer (Giopato). Their inspiration was light, delicate soap bubbles. The design duo commissioned the famed master glassmakers of the Venetian island of Murano to produce the Bolle fixtures.
Origami by Ramón Esteve for Vibia
The Origami collection was designed as wall art by Spanish architect Ramón Esteve to illuminate a room. The three lacquered finishes are meant to be grouped into unlimited wall combinations for the ultimate in artistic expression.
Amp by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen
Danish designer Simon Legald debuted a striking range of pendant lamps called Amp for Normann Copenhagen at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Amp has a contemporary vibe with a nod to the uber-cool design style of the moment: retro. The inspiration for the lamp’s shape came when the designer was restoring a 1960s radio.
Claesson Koivisto Rune w151 for Wästberg
Stockholm design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune designed a set of three cone-shaped pendants for Swedish lighting brand Wästberg. Large enough to make a statement yet still fit through a door, the oversized w151 shades are spun from lightweight aluminum. The design studio wanted to rebel against minimalism with oversized lampshades in bold colors.
Lincoln by Barovier&Toso
Inspired by American architect Philip Johnson’s interiors, the textural Lincoln chandelier is elegant yet whimsical. Blown-glass spheres are worked with the balotòn technique to give the glass texture. Each sphere is mounted on a pink-gold vertical structure and illuminated with LEDs.
Curtain by Arik Levy for Vibia
Curtain is a not only a stunning light fixture but also a functional room partition. French designer Arik Levy designed the hanging fixture in different textiles and sizes, and with light variations depending on preference — LEDs on top, on the bottom or at both ends — for the ultimate hanging light fixture.
Halo by Paul Loebach for Roll & Hill
Paul Loebach’s Halo series is light, graceful and energy-efficient. The floating, clean lines are anchored by the hand-finished metal surfaces that create concentric rings, illuminated by LEDs. The collection includes chandeliers, pendants and wall sconces.
Clizia Suspension by Adriano Rachele for Slamp
Delicate, interlocked squares in Opalflex are hand assembled into a geometric, freeform design. The Clizia Suspension collection, manufactured and sold by Italian firm Slamp, comes in a variety of colors and styles (ceiling/wall mounts, pendants and lamps).
Match by Jordi Vilardell & Meritxell Vidal for Vibia
Match, designed by Jordi Vilardell & Meritxell Vidal, is innovative not only in its design, but also in its configuration. Designers and clients can customize and order the lighting via online 3D software for a one-of-a-kind look.