Ceilings dotted with halogen lights may have illuminated rooms within the 1980s, but today’s focus is on Serge Mouille, whether it’s feature lights in a restaurant or table or standard lamps in homes. And instead of blind recipients, the sunshine creates intriguing shadows on walls and ceilings.
“Lighting is now more dedicated to achieving certain tasks, whether it’s to produce cooking easier, or simply to create the right ambience,” says architect Jon Mikulic, director of Newline Design whose design skills include creating lights.
For that Dutchess restaurant, a great-dining venue in Melbourne, Mikulic designed a striking light being a centrepiece. Set against a black-painted ceiling, the Coil Light is manufactured out of copper water pipes and powder-coated white. “There’s approximately 60 metres of piping within this design,” says Mikulic, who saw the free-form cloud-like light being a contrast to the more formal lines of the seating. If the brief requires, lights come into play, including cathedral-style glass lights to get a nightclub that evoke stalactites located in a cave.
One lighting design that often finds its way into Newline’s bespoke homes will be the extruded fluorescent tubes that cantilever above island benches in kitchens. Wrapped in black steel, the 3.5-metre-long lights are pierced at various points to accentuate different qualities of light. And also fluorescent tubes, there’s also more incandescent lighting in this particular fixture.
“The brighter part of this light is centered on cooking, while in another part it’s about building a slightly softer light,” says Mikulic, who sees a move towards using technology to make a more tactile response whether it’s placed into a domestic or commercial setting. “Lighting designers may also be beginning to explore the use of a greater selection of materials, whether it’s ceramic, steel as well as concrete,” he adds.
Lighting designer Suzie Stanford first got to prominence together distinctive teacup lights. Created from “up-cycled” fine bone china, these whimsical creations became a feature in both commercial and residential settings. Stanford’s latest variety of lights, produced from found brass and as animals, fish and magnolias, enliven living and dining rooms along with adding light to bedside tables. “It’s about receiving the right form in each design, whether it’s a pheasant, a swan or even an eagle,” says Stanford, who may have designed a number of floor lamps and bedside tables for this collection.
Along with making a conversation piece for a room, Stanford’s lights provide intriguing silhouettes of creatures against walls and ceilings. ‘”I direct the light source upwards to make more subtle shadows,” says Stanford, who sees lindsey adelman replica as a type of theatre and as a way of engaging people, be they relaxing in a armchair or gathered around a dining room table. And taking advantage of found, as an alternative to bought, materials adds history to each design. “I love the thought of reinterpreting an item. Before it might have been a copper bird getting dusty on someone’s shelf. Now it’s a centrepiece in someone’s home,” says Stanford, who sources her materials from around the world..
Lighting designer Christopher Boots also has established a reputation within Australia and abroad for his bespoke lighting. His Prometheus light, a striking solid brass ring embedded 10dexmpky removable crystals, has turned into a feature in both retail and domestic environments. Available in a variety of sizes and each one created to order, the Prometheus lights are now supplied to the usa, Britain and Asia.”Being a child, I always possessed a fascination for crystals,” says Boots.
Also in Bocci Replica is the Diamond Ring light, a considerably larger version of your diamond engagement ring. Produced from solid quartz, these lights vary in proportions from 450 millimetres to 2.1 metres in diameter.
For Boots, the division between work and pleasure doesn’t exist. His adoration for lighting extends 24/7, with constant exploration to produce lights that will make people feel secure and cozy, whether sitting in their houses or dining within a restaurant. “A home needs to be a place for dreaming,” says Boots, who couldn’t possibly have imagined seeing his lights appear in the Hermes shop windows, first in The Big Apple in 2014, then a year later in Vancouver.