Lighting

Lunar Lighting

WEB www.leucosusa.com “Javier Mariscal is a nonconformist,” Danilo De Rossi, the creative director of Leucos, says of the Spanish designer he commissioned to create the new Solea lamp. “Maybe it’s because his background is in animation and graphics. He has created this wonderful iconography, these distinctive images that are so inventive.” De Rossi asked Mariscal, who was nominated for an…

Q&A: Kevin Theobald

We at Metropolis have a longstanding interest in lighting design for obvious reasons. Without lighting excellence—be it subtle, dramatic, tech-savvy, or just plain old fashioned, depending on what’s being lit and for what purpose—our appreciation of the built environment would be primitive indeed. From the urban street to the building’s form and facade to the interior—and all details and scales…

Three Novel Lighting Designs

Even with the necessary emphasis on LED technology and efficient materials, many lighting designers can’t resist experimenting with products that are just, for lack of a better word, cool. While strict functionalists may cringe, I admire this vein of creative conceptual design, in the tradition of Isamu Noguchi’s sculptural Akari lamps. Last week saw the debut of three new lighting…

An Experimental Approach to Lighting

In the June issue of the magazine, David Sokol writes briefly about the lighting manufacturer iGuzzini’s new U.S. showroom. Below is an expanded version of Sokol’s text, with more details on the company’s history and products. Even if you’re not yet familiar with the iGuzzini name, you know its work. The Italian lighting brand manufactures Piero Castiglioni and Gae Aulenti’s…

Mix It Up: Lighting

On a sunny winter afternoon, the lobby of 200 Fifth Avenue is glowing brightly, thanks to dozens of light sources trained on its white terrazzo floors and limestone walls. David W. Levinson, the owner of L&L Holding Company, “wanted it to blow away all the other lobbies in New York,” says Clark Johnson, the lighting designer for the building’s public…

What’s Next: Lighting

For many of us, lighting is just a matter of wattage and bulb type. Maybe we’ve grappled with the question of whether an inefficient incandescent or a CFL, with its trace mercury content, is the lesser of two evils. But Dr. Mariana Figueiro, the program director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, thinks the way we design…

The Magic Lantern: Pushing the Limits for Daylighting Exhibition Spaces

Course# Met104 This course is AIA/CES registered for 1LU / HSW. As designers become more aware of sustainability issues, daylighting has become an increasingly important aspect of the beautiful and sustainable interior. Through materials and their placement the quality of sunlight can be manipulated in extraordinary ways that serve the specific needs and uses of a given project. In the…

Trends: Lighting

Could Mies van der Rohe possibly have imagined how widely his famous maxim about less and more would be so broadly and almost indiscriminately co-opted? He would probably applaud the way it’s become a mantra for lighting design. Energy efficiency and heat reduction remain paramount to every corporate program goal. June 12, 2007 Categories: Lighting, Lighting Products, Uncategorized

Celestial Lighting

“The concept was to capture the balance and the beauty of the curves of the traditional chandelier, without the weight,” JGoodDesign founder Jeff Goodman says of his newest work, the $5,135 Astral Chandelier. Three mouth-blown glass tubes, suspended by steel cable, overlap one another. Each tube terminates in a halogen point. The pale waves are reminiscent of the sine curves…