Part of the annual Salone del Mobile in Milan, Euroluce is the biannual lighting exhibition of this major international fair. It presents the new and interesting from the worlds leading lighting companies as well as offering a stage for new up and coming designers to present their interpretations of where lighting is heading today.
The beauty of this latest lighting fair as compared to others in previous years is that LED technology has now become a standard across the industry, and with this technology accepted by all as the norm, the focus is now on design and creativity through form, material and function. Organic and free flowing forms featured extensively over more structured and rigid designs. New manufacturing techniques and the use of an array of interesting materials such as leather, brass, glass, cardboard, paper, stone and wood made for interesting and textural designs which had a lux and natural quality to them.
Salone del Mobile spills out of the fair grounds and across many areas of the city, which allows for many companies to express their creativity in different and creative ways out of the rigid constraints of a trade hall. Two installations that stood out from the crowd were those of Louis Vuitton and Viabizzuno.
Louis Vuitton has created a collection of unique objects inspired by the art of traveling, and constructed in the finest materials. The “Objets Nomades” was displayed at the historic Palazzo Bocconi. It featured pieces by some of the worlds leading designers such as Patricia Urquiola, Atelier Oä, Barber & Osgerby, Campana Brothers, Damien Langlois-Meurinne, Gwenael Nicolas, Maarten Baas and Nendo. Pieces included portable and fixed lightings, a hammock, a folding bed and a hanging Maracatu travel cabinet.
By John Bechini and Fiona Venn
Viabizzuno hosted a new work of light expressly created for its urban garden. ‘solis silos: feed on light’, has been created within a research itinerary linked to the international year of light and to expo 2015, which in fact bears the title ‘feeding the planet, energy for life’. The 7 silos of light are developed as strongly vertical structures, 10 metres high and 3.5 metres in diameter, connected in linear sequence to better exploit the sensorial features of the individual themes: earth, air, light bulbs, sun, moon, water and fire. an itinerary of more than 30 metres in which the end is always visible but not the emotion concealed by the next step. Overall, creativity and design featured over technology, which allowed for an exhibition of light that stimulated all the senses.