Without a doubt, one of the talking points of the upcoming Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan will be Maison Baccarat’s new lighting series. The legendary House which commissioned some of the most prominent names from the contemporary design world to revisit existing historical pieces or develop new ones, has resulted in some truly spectacular creations.
The Rain Room is a new installation by Random International at the Barbican in London – a giant field of indoor rain that uses sensors to respond to visitors presence. If you’ve ever felt the urge to stand in the middle of a thunderstorm, completely dry, and with the superhuman ability to control the rain – this is it!
The Rain Room is open until 3 March 2013.
The Curve, Barbican Centre
Silk Street London
Presented last week at Design Miami, Front Design’s new Surface Tension Lamp designed for Booo is awesome. Essentially it’s a light that constantly blows bubbles.
The bubbles catch and reflect the light, just like a regular lightbulb, except each of these is temporary with flecks of color. Made with an LED light source that will last for 50,000 hours, by the time the bulb burns out, the light will have blown about 3 million bubbles.
Huddle by designer David Grass is a 3d printed light shade showing the modern cityscape; high rise buildings huddling close together. Directly mounted on the LED bulb that is included, the need for a fixture is ruled out.
Dmoch, a Stockholm-based multidisciplinary studio founded by design trio David Ericsson, Marcus Berg, and Ania Pauser, recently introduced a lighting collection called Project Francis, consisting of quirky lamps that can be used in a variety of ways: strung as pendant lights, mounted as wall lights, or used as table or floor lamps. The pieces are crafted by hand from spin-formed aluminum
Inspired by his recent trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, a young Swedish designer Johan Lindstén has created this series of spherical, semi-translucent pendant lights called ‘Melt down’. Suspended from a simple, coloured lamp cord, the design features an oval shade whose form appears to have adapted to a protruding light bulb located within.
Portuguese designer Antonio Martins came up with a creative solution to the common question – “How to get rid of an old washing machine”. Made from salvaged washing-machine parts, these repurposed floor lamps standing on photographer’s tripods, come in various assortment of “shades” covered with recycled lampshade material such as fabric, measuring tape, ping pong balls, stainless steel sponges, wine corks to suit every style preference.