Shine On

The range of beautiful and smart lighting solutions available today is mind-boggling.

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Vibia Wireflow Fixtures
These sculptural pendant lighting fixtures, by Arik Levy, explore geometry in two and three dimensions. Their structure is formed by thin rods and three-watt LED terminals that produce a visual continuity of lines and light spots. 

At the Euroluce exhibition during this year’s Milan Design Week, visitors had the choice of more than 2,500 lighting installations from Italian and foreign exhibitors who are embracing the latest advances in materials, technologies, and forms. The trends that dominated the show were classics reissued with LED updates; the ever-present inspiration from nature; and stylish, energy-saving decorative lights (smoky glass was big this year) that opened new possibilities to transform any space. 

Energy-efficient technologies such as LED and OLED, which were seen as experimental just a decade ago, have now become viable replacements for traditional illumination. And while the presence of the Italians dominated the fair, lighting from Spanish companies such as Santa & Cole, Estiluz, LZF, Vibia, and Arturo Álvarez also presented visually compelling and technologically advanced offerings that are competitively priced. Here’s our latest selection of products, innovations, and trends (with a lighting exhibition thrown in) that will brighten and transform the spaces where we live and work.

Vitra Lightopia Exhibition and Book
This comprehensive exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein (on display until March 3, 2014) and accompanying book look at technologies that are currently bringing about changes in artificial lighting. It contains roughly 300 works, including rare historical pieces by Achille Castiglioni, Gino Sarfatti, and Ingo Maurer, in addition to contemporary pieces by Olafur Eliasson, Chris Fraser, and Joris Laarman. 

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