Monthly Archives: August 2011


Roll & Hill had an impressive showing at ICFF in New York this last Spring when they presented the newest editions to their growing collection. Founder and designer Jason Miller, along with designers Jonas Damon, Lindsey Adams Adelman, Paul Loebach and Jonah Takagi, have applied a fresh perspective to rethinking the form and finish of pendant lighting, table lamps and wall sconces. Here is what the team at Roll & Hill have dreamed up this year:

Endless Pendant, Hanging Straight – 3 Units, also available in 5 Units, designed by Jason Miller

Endless Pendant, Rectangle – 12 Units, designed by Jason Miller

Knotty Bubbles Chandelier – 10 Bubbles, also available in Single Pendant and Wall Sconce, designed by Lindsey Adams Adelman


More from Roll & Hill for 2011 ….

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We thought you could use some Tuesday afternoon wisdom.

Swiss artists, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, use a wall in Zurich to remind us of what it really takes to make the best our time.


This month, many lamping manufacturers will raise their prices up to 25% for all fluorescent lamps due to the growing scarcity of rare earth oxides, coupled with increase in global demand and its subsequent hyperinflation. Rare earth oxides such as phosphor are used in the production of fluorescent lamps and are the back bone of military and green technology. Their extraction is almost wholly concentrated in China and controlled by the Chinese government who has, since 2010, lowered their export quotas and created a frenzy for supply.

In less than 12 months, costs of some rare earth oxide materials used in lighting products have experienced increases ranging from 500 percent to more than 2,000 percent, and they continue to climb.

Light at the end of the tunnel?

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Vancouver-based Creative Design Works, recently completed the design of this cool, calm and collected New Westminster residence. We went to check out the finished product.

Ares Outdoor Luminaires
Pallucco Italia’s  Gilda Extendible Floor Lamp
Fabbian Bijou pendants illuminate the Kitchen Island
The Moooi Dandelion pendant hanging in the Dining Area

“True to it’s name, the Dandelion was initially inspired by the plant. The lamp transmits an explosive feeling of energy in motion, energy to lighten up and blow away the heaviness of everyday life. Dandelion is truly a breath of fresh air

A Moooi Random Pendant  glowing in the second Bedroom

“A feeling of simplicity, softness, lightness and a touch of magic in  Contemporary style”

Photos courtesy of Heather Merenda

See more of the project via Randy Bens Architect


Only a few months ago we wrote about our impressions of Nemo-Cassina‘s new products when we went to visit them in Milan at Salone Internazionale Del Mobile and now they’ve sent us  their new 2011 product brochure to formally introduce the many new and beautiful additions to the  Nemo “Classici” and “Contemporanei” lines.

As the lighting division of Cassina, Nemo has followed closely in Cassina’s tradition of collaborating with some of the most influential and compelling architects and designers of the twentieth century. Their designers have been at the forefront of innovation in the use of new materials and have all produced designs that have a very particular aura of minimalist elegance.

Here in this Brochure they introduce the newest of their “Classici” series with works by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Franco Albini and Mario Bellini.

Left: Nuvola Pendant, designed by Mario Bellini, 1974  |  Right: 601 Table Lamp, designed by Franco Albini and Franca Helg, 1968
Left: Lampe de Marseille Pendant, designed by Le Corbusier, 1954  |  Right: Applique A Volet Pivotant Wall Sconce designed by Charlotte Perriand, 1962


The new additions to the “Contemporanei” series is made up of no less impressive a line up, with works by Yasutoshi Mifune, Javier Mariscal, Roberto Paoli, Agatha Ruiz De La Prada, Ilaria Marelli and Jehs+Laub.

More photos from the “Contemporanei” series …

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We get asked about these a lot, and for good reason. The arcing floor lamp has been a fixture of contemporary spaces since Achille Castiglioni unveiled his Arco Lamp, produced by Flos in 1962. Frustrated by the task of illuminating dining tables in which ceiling electrical outputs were nowhere close to the centre of the table, Castiglioni sought to create a solution. The Arco was that very solution, allowing a suspended source of illumination for areas that may not be conducive for a pendant. The iconic arc has since been remade, rethought and revisited by designers and architects throughout the years, developing the concept of the arcing floor lamp into something new and something special with each new transformation.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of some our favourites since 1962. Beginning with the obvious….

Flos’s Arco Floor Lamp designed by Achille Castiglioni

Foscarini’s Twiggy Floor Lamp designed by Marc Sadler

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 Winner of the L-Prize: Philips 60-Watt Equivalent LED Lamp


““A $10 price is when these lamps will take off. That is absolutely achievable in five to six years.”

Just yesterday, Philips was awarded the first ever L-Prize (formally titled the Bright Lighting Tomorrow Prize) and $10 million from the American government. The L-Prize is a contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the first government-sponsored technology competition designed to spur lighting manufacturers to develop high-quality, high-efficiency solid-state lighting products to replace the common light bulb.

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