Extreme Lighting & Elaborate Chandeliers

Extreme Lighting & Elaborate Chandeliers

Rachael Grad
Jun 17, 2010

The lighting presented at Design Miami / Basel 2010 is mostly oversize and highly original. Among my favorites: the Wonderlamp series, Jeff Zimmerman's latest glass work, Studio Job's Farm lamp, Ingo Maurer's special commission and rAndom International's "Swarm Light"…

R20th Century carries the lighting designs of Brooklyn-based Jeff Zimmerman. At Design Miami/Basel, new glass work with delicate details is shown. Many glass orbs add up to an oversize chandelier. Another work, a single glass piece, has legible writing on the glass.
• the Wonderlamp is a project of 7 lamps designed by Studio Job & Pieke Bergmans and presented by Dilmos. The distorted shapes and sizes of the pieces are humorous and engaging. My favorite is the Aladdin-like lamp, which looks like a genie is escaping from it.
• the oversize brass lamp from Vivid is part of Studio Job's Farm of 30 objects that are a tribute to a perfect, fictitious country life.
• "Swarm Light" by rAndom International is an experimental light installation that is beautiful to watch. The lights apparently move in response to "the viewer's audible presence," uniting the live audience with the inanimate light installation.
• Ingo Mauer was commissioned to create "Cuore Aperto," a one-of-a-kind heart lighting fixture, for a party in Harlem. Galerie Downtown — François Laffanour from Paris bought it and is now showing it at Design Miami / Basel 2010. We recently featured another large Ingo Maurer chandelier "Birds, Birds, Birds" in Joff's Carefully Curated Triplex House Tour.

Images: 2-8, 11-13. Rachael Grad; 9-10. rAndom International 2010

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