Category Archives: Lamping


Spanish lighting company LZF hosted a magically lit outdoor picnic  at their present headquarters –  a converted winery on the outskirts of the village of Chiva in the province of Valencia, Spain. The guests were invited to enjoy the evening outdoors with LZF lamps illuminating the expansive garden. They invited the guests to view the factory, where LZF creates their signature handmade, wood veeneer fixtures. Romantic and fluid, the LZF aesthetic mimics the warmth and familiarity of nature.

More behind-the-scenes photos of the LZF factory below….

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The Flos Kelvin LED task lamp was first presented to the public in 2009 and was awarded the Red Dot Design Award in 2011, recognizing it for its innovative and elegant integration of energy efficient technology. Designed by the esteemed Antonio Citterio with Toan Nguyen, this lamp is a New Classic in the making. Clean, beautiful and efficient, it’s truly an inspiring piece to be around.

Its base and body are constructed of fused and extruded aluminum alloy, its outer head is made of die-cast aluminum and its ON/OFF switch is a touch-operated electronic optical mechanism located on its head. In short, this is a lamp that is built as strong as it is smart. Available in a glossy white, black or anthracite finish the Kelvin LED provides direct, warm white illumination with Thirty 1W LED diodes from an unconventional flat square diffuser. It’s surely ahead of the curve but already it feels like a staple.

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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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We all, no doubt, routinely visit the many great lifestyle and culture blogs out there that continue to expound the culture of home decor. They inspire us to experiment with as many old things as new. Of late, serious retailers and home owners alike have been looking to the ephemera of industry to illuminate their spaces.  It’s clear that after so many years what may have seemed to be a trend, is no trend at all, but rather a sustained interest in the unfinished and durable sensibility of the industrial. No where has this trend been more pervasive than lighting and since lighting has always been a huge consideration for any serious home decorator, we thought we’d share some of our favourite industrial pendants.

 Roll & Hill's Bluff City designed by Jonah Takagi, 2011

 Castor's Recycled Tube Light by Brian Richer and Kei Ng

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Inspired by a sketch by Pio Manzù and designed in tandem with Achille Castiglioni in 1970, the Parentesi seems like the complete culmination of the modernist manifesto: form as necessary function, the expulsion of ornament and the symphonic composure of a product that draws its beauty from its simplicity.

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