Monthly Archives: March 2012

NEWS: Foscarini BeHive Lamp Wins Red Dot Award

Werner Aisslinger with his Behive for Foscarini

 

Werner Aisslinger‘s collaboration with Foscarini has won him yet another Red Dot Award – an award he’s one several times over the last 1o years.

Foscarini’s BeHive wins for its sculptural quality and innovation. As described on Aisslinger’s site:

 “The appealing volume of Behive is the result of the overlapping of a sequence of rings in successively larger sizes. Deceptively simple and regular in appearance, the rings of Behive are the result of a highly complex collaborative engineering process and materials research for which Foscarini is so well known.”

Through some creative designing, the light source cannot be seen through the slits of the BeHive from any given angle and its warm, generous luminosity and familiar shape make it a flexible piece, fitting for a number of surroundings.

Watch Foscarini’s video with Aisslinger in his studio, below, discussing his inspiration and process for the BeHive. He explains that its simplicity is rather deceptive as a lot of creative engineering had to go into producing its seamlessness.

Congratulations to both Foscarini and Aisslinger!

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IN THE STUDIO WITH : RESOLUTE

The Resolute Studio

Last weekend we took a trip to Seattle, Washington to pay a visit to the good people at Resolute. After nearly 23 years in the business, they understand that providing lighting solutions for architects and designers includes creating a product that encompasses efficiency, durability, flexibility and a classic aesthetic.

Resolute has striven, with great success, to engineer lighting systems that look like classic decorative fixtures, but operate with the efficiency and durability of an architectural product.

Resolute Prosperity 22 Floor Lamp

There isn’t much they haven’t thought of:

  • All their fluorescent fixtures are dimmable
  • They’ve mastered a technique so their diffusers attach seamlessly to create fully sealed fixtures that are completely dust-proof and easy to clean.
  • They use a standard set of fabric options from Knoll Textiles and Carnegie Fabrics to make their shades but offer designers an option to customize the choice of fabric.
  • Resolute is constantly adapting their product line to be compatible with the most efficient lamping. Their LED panels are formulated for the most even distribution of light with no hot spots.

Inside the Resolute lighting factory

Dialog between the factory and the designer is an essential part of their process. Their clients take full advantage of the fact that Resolute products are customizable in terms of size, finish and lamping. Instead of searching for the right product to buy, they go to Resolute to get the product they need manufactured.

More photos of our visit below!

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EVENTS: Tangential Vancouver Exhibit

RUFproject’s Georgia Grind for Tangential Vancouverism

Tangential Vancouverism: Projects for Vancouver’s Urbanism explores the potential for new “urban extensions” to be tenably designed as vibrant constituents of city life in Vancouver.

Our friends at Rural/Urban/Fantasy (RUF) Project, established by Sean Pearson and Alyssa Schwann, have been invited to take part in a critical new exhibit, exploring the future of Vancouver’s urban landscape and the possibilities for re-framing the discussion and the evolution of  Vancouver as a budding metropolis.

Their proposed vision, as pictured above, is summed up well by Azure:

RUFproject tackled the theme of communication, which, Pearson explains, “we interpreted in an architectural sense from the perspective of the new and the old or perhaps better communicated as the new onthe old.”

Called Georgia Grind, RUFproject’s concept is a giant spiralling thoroughfare open to pedestrians. Situated on the ruins of a failed expressway, it would be, according to the firm, “a symbol of achievement and hope for Vancouver, a man-made mountainous pathway for all to exercise or drive upward together while enjoying the majestic view of the north shore and the natural landscape beyond.”

Curated by UBC graduate students Alexandra Kenyon and Alex Buss, Tangential Vancouver is being exhibited between March 2—April 29, 2012. Kenyon and Buss worked together with 5 firms to share new ideas on how to incorporate design and planning powered density and diversity into Vancouver’s changing cityscape. Find out more about the project here.

SPOTLIGHT: Marset Clea Desk Lamp

The Marset Clea Desk Lamp is a very stylish table lamp.  Standing at a perfect 10.7″, with a base of only 5.5″ it doesn’t take up much space, but provides a warm, bright light for any task. Designed by Christophe Mathieu, this pop art inspired lamp is based on, “ergonomics, aesthetics and modernity”. Made from injected polycarbonate, it comes in red, anthracite, black, white and chrome.

More Photos of the Marset Clea Table Lamp by Christophe Mathieu Below!

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VIDEO: Foscarini Solar Designed by Jean-Marie Massaud

SPOTLIGHT: Vibia I.Cono

Vibia I.Cono 0715 floor lamp, photo via Arper

The Vibia I.Cono family of floor and table lamps have been designed by Spanish studio Lievore, Altherr, Molina. As seen in these great photos from Arper the I.Cono adds such an interesting dimension to living spaces. The floor and table versions of the I.Cono are available in black and white and in compact fluorescent and incandescent options.

Vibia I.Cono 0710 floor lamp, photo via Arper

  More photos below !

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