Make Your Room Funky and Fanciful With Artistic Light Fixtures
Without a doubt, good design is an art — a marriage of beautiful form with purposeful function. And, in the hands of many lighting designers the artful side of lighting fixtures takes center stage. What’s even better is when these lighting fixtures are a little bit funky and even fantastical. Not only do the illuminate your space but they reflect your style as well as your whimsical side. Here are some of the artful lighting fixtures Homedit found at ICFF 2016.
Arturo Alvarez Emotional Lighting
Ethereal light from unexpected shapes — that’s what caught our eye at Arturo Alvarez Lighting. Whether made from pleated mesh, coated wire, or his own innovative material, the Spanish designer’s fixtures are unusual but never brash. Handmade in Spain the lighting Alvarez creates are inspired by the natural surroundings of his studio in northwest Spain, as well as the region’s traditional arts and crafts.
According to the company, curiosity is their guiding principle, and that “Alvarez, creative director of the firm, who through exploration, taking quotidian materials out of their natural context, gets to new and surprising uses.” In fact, the designer developed a new, highly malleable material called SIMETECH®, which won the 2014 BEST OF YEAR award from Interior Design for as best lighting solution.
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Andrea Claire Studio
An accomplished architect by training, Andrea Claire has parlayed her design knowledge and sculpting skills into a woman-owned, sustainably minded design business, producing beautiful and artful light fixtures. All her pieces are hand crafted with social interaction in mind. The fixtures are more like hanging works of art, reminiscent of mobiles, featuring her distinctive tapered cube shape.
We were most taken by Claire’s Diamond series. What looks like a plain, solid wooden box on the wall is literally transformed with the flick of a light switch. The solid pieces become these warmly glowing diamonds. They can be mounted in any direction, can stand alone on a wall, arranged in groups. There’s also a frame-like version called Diamond Illuminate that can surround a mirror or hang independently.
Brooklyn-Based James Dieter was creating lighting fixtures long before he launched the James Dieter lighting studio. Opening form in 2001, Dieter created lighting that through an exploration of flat sheet materials transformed into textural and sculptural forms. Now, with JamesDieter, he is developing more innovative, cool lighting fixtures.
Junior Fritz Jacquet
French artist Junior Fritz Jacquet came to fame with his human-like faces made from toilet paper rolls, but he has taken his craft to still another level with his luminous paper lighting fixtures. Manipulated, pulled, pointed and ruffled, paper takes on a new, spectacular forms in Jacquet’s hands.
Audrée L. Larose and Félix Guyon founded Larose Guyon to manipulate luxury materials and create original and high-end objects. The Canadian designers are based in Verchères, a small picturesque village along the St. Lawrence River near Montreal. The studio’s first collection is focused on pieces made from copper and is called La Belle Époque.
While many of the studio’s have an elegant, minimalist sensibility, these Otero lighting fixtures displayed at ICFF 2016 were decidedly lush and opulent. A multitude of warm copper chains drape elegantly, reflecting light that comes from each one of the fixture. Shown here in two sizes, the fixture can be customizes, including as a multi-drape chandelier.
Swiss-born, Brooklyn-based designer Patrick Weder is know for his organically shaped lighting fixtures made from paper and chickenwire. He enjoys using common, industrial materials to create unexpected pieces, such as his lights. Weder says that his lighting cultures take about 200 hours to complete.
Primarily an artist, Paul Suepat creates pieces “integrating the raw texture of nature to the aesthetics of modern life.” Homedit was charmed by his sculptures that include a lighting element.
We’re already fans of PELLE, an independent art and engineering design studio based in Brooklyn. Co-founders by Jean and Oliver Pelle create lighting and furniture as well as soaps and home objects. We’re particularly enamored with their lighting — last year it was their stick lights, this year, it’s their artful paper sconce. Still modern, it is a departure from the style of the studio’s typical style.
Brazilian-born artist Natalie Sanzache, who now works in France, creates unique lighting fixtures from plaster and concrete. Fascinated by light, she uses plaster ”lace” to highlight the different ways light can be cast, while her concrete “eggs” present the material in a new and original form. We’ve seen fixtures made from concrete, but nothing like these. Currently, Sanzache is collaborating with graffiti artist Adrien Rubens on her concrete fixtures.
To call what Ali Siavoshi does “up cycling” would be a disservice. The Iranian born designer is trained in graphic design and has a master’s degree in industrial design. His lighting is created from ordinary objects used in extraordinary ways, and has included coat hangers, umbrellas, cutlery and dinnerware.
This dramatic lighting from Zarate was a big draw for the booth featuring designers from the Philippines! Clouds of shredded stainless steel illuminated from within are mysterious and enticing. In fact, this was the international debut for the brand’s designer, 22-year-old Jim Torres.
45 is a multi-purpose LED light by T J O K E E F E, that is made of powder-coated aluminum. It is designed to lean agains the wall and use it as a reflector. It is available in three sizes. T J O K E E F E, is an American furniture and object design company that strives ” to create powerful objects through compelling minimalism… We approach minimalism in the truest sense of the word––aiming to achieve the greatest effect by the simplest means––because we believe the simplest solutions have the potential to be the most powerful,” Says the designer’s website.
Avram Rusu’s Confetti glass collection was inspired by an explosion of confetti. It’s available as a pendant or sconce. The love the futuristic look of the large fixture. Andreea Avram Rusu, founder and architect, has been heading up the studio since 2004. All pieces are designed, prototyped and built in the Avram Rusu Brooklyn studio.