Staff -- Interior Design, 9/30/2001 12:00:00 AM
J. Robert Scott: For the Athena chandelier, designer Sally Sirkin Lewis eschewed the highly-wrought (and rather clichéd) crystal sort in favor of something more exotically swank. Athena is fashioned from a simple and sculptural candelabra base with macassar ebony veneer and lamp shades of Scavo glass. It measures 36 in. wide by 36 in. deep by 45 in. long. J. Robert Scott, 8737 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069. www.jrobertscott.com.
Flos: U-Beam by Antonio Citterio combines superior optics with a revolutionary light-diffusion system, resulting in extremely high and uniform light. Its body is made of extruded aluminum in a matte gray or white finish. Another characteristically elegant lamp from Flos is Expanded Line Soft, which creates gentle, high-performance light. It can be combined with other fluorescent or halogen components from the Expanded Line series. Flos USA, 200 McKay Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746. www.flos.net.
Leucos: Architect Toso Massari's new floor lamp, Quadro, will add a discreet touch of 1960s nostalgia to any interior. The base is available in nickel plate or white varnish finish, and the handblown diffuser, shown in satin amber, is also offered in white. Leucos USA, P.O. Box 7829, 11 Mayfield Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837. www.leucos.com.
D'ac Lighting: The starkly arresting Osaka minipendant, designed by Manuel Vivian, is far more beautiful than a bare bulb, but based on a similar aesthetic. It measures 6 1/2 in. long by 3 in. wide. D'ac Lighting, 420 Railroad Way, Mamaroneck, NY 10543. www.daclighting.com.
Umbra: Fun, stylish, and extremely well priced, the Cala floor lamp is a true find. Designed by Lothar Windels, its frosted glass and polycarbonate shade sits atop a thin powder-coated tubular metal stand with a weighted, polycarbonate-covered base. Umbra, 1705 Broadway, New York, NY 14212. www.umbra.com.
Terzani: Adele, a new suspension light by designer Jean François Crochet, is the conceptual offspring of one of the company's earlier fixtures, aptly dubbed "Hugo" (think Victor, not Boss.) It has a satin nickel finish and sanded Pirex glass diffusers. Terzani USA, 3941 NE Sunny Isles Boulevard, North Miami Beach, FL 33160. www.terzani.com.
Hinson Lamps: A stark matte black finish accentuates the fanciful silhouette of the Calder table lamp, which was inspired by the artist's lyrical sculptures. Made in Barcelona, it is 33 in. high with a 36 in. arm extension and a 7 1/2 in. conical base. Hinson Lamps, 27-35 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101.
Vibia: Barcelona designer Ramón Benedito's new energy-efficient task light, Spaguetti, is shown here in a satin nickel finish. It's also available in burnished nickel and gold. Vibia, 553 Martin Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. www.vibialight.com.
Zumtobel Staff: Orea is a new indirect/direct luminaire utilizing the company's patented Waveguide technology. It provides optimal direct, low-glare light, which is directed downward—wherever it is positioned. Zumtobel Staff Lighting, 3300 Route 9W, Highland, NY 12528. www.zumtobelstaff.co.at.
Dessin Fournir: The Larson table lamp was inspired by an Églomisé design, originally created by a complex process involving copper and glass. The effect is mimicked here using wood and a crackled-lacquer chinoiserie technique to create a richly textural leaf pattern. The base is finished with antiqued silver leaf. Dessin Fournir, 308 West Mill, Plainville, KS 67663. www.dessinfournir.com.
Artemide: Claudio Bellini's Iti suspension lamp is available in four colors. It can emit a white diffused, white direct, or diffused colored light. Artemide, 1980 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11735. www.artemide.com.
Lyle & Umbach: The sculptural bronze form of the Wallace table lamp was inspired by the work of Brancusi. Shown in architectural brown patina, it is also available in white bronze, polished bronze, or a wide variety of leafed finishes. Lyle & Umbach, 509 Pendleton Point Road, Islesboro, ME 04848. www.lyleandumbach.com.
5x5 Design Studio: A modernist architectural sensibility, infused with a measure of constructivism, informs the design of the Morgan table lamp. Made of solid wood, with a natural walnut finish, it features a white paper and burlap shade and a three-way switch. 5x5 Design Studio, 649 Morgan Avenue, 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11222. www.5x5design.com.
Boyd Lighting: The Presidio double sconce—made of solid brass—is part of a new collection from design heroine, Barbara Barry. Boyd Lighting, 944 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. www.boydlighting.com.
Bone Simple Design: The handcrafted Silk Cog ceiling fixture, by Chad Jacobs, is as lovely as it appears here, with an ivory dupioni silk shade and satin nickel hardware. This light, however, also provides great design flexibility with customizing available in size, color, and hardware finish. Bone Simple Design, 407 West 13th Street, Suite 2B, New York, NY 10014. www.bonesimple.com.
Nessen Lighting: The architectural firm Shelton, Mindel & Associates brings its usual refined eye and carefully edited detailing to the design of the Trio table lamp. It is offered in polished, brushed, and satin finishes in a choice of chrome, nickel, or brass. Shown in white sandblasted acrylic, the shade is also available in white silk. Nessen Lighting, 420 Railroad Way, Mamaroneck, NY 10543. www.nessenlighting.com.
Illuminating Experiences: The Kioto series marries Murano glassblowing technique with a subtly Asian aesthetic. The collection includes a pendant light, a table lamp, and a floor lamp, all of which feature clear crystal wrapped with molten glass and spare chrome-plated details. Illuminating Experiences, 233 Cleveland Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904. www.illex.com.
Nelson: Designer Julie Nelson says that the inspiration for her new Loop light was anatomy and architecture. Handcrafted in stoneware ceramic, it can be wired for outdoor applications, transforming it into an illuminated garden sculpture. Nelson, P.O. Box 17357, London SW9 OWB, England.
Catellani & Smith: The avant-garde meets the New Age in the Out Collection's three ethereal designs. The oversized, hemispherical Luna nel Pozzo is fiberglass with a silver-leaf interior. Fil de Fer (shown) is an intricate tangle of wires reminiscent of a radiant tumbleweed, and Luce Che Dipinge combines a brass shade and artist's canvas to great effect. Available through Dilmos, 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 105, Miami, FL 33137. www.enzocatellani.com.
Lumetta: The dynamic form of the Isabel sconce suggests an illuminated wall-mounted sculpture. It is featured here with a black powder-coated frame and diffusers in washable, flame-retardant, laminated art papers in lemon and grid. A large selection of additional finishes and papers are also available. Lumetta, 51 Aster Street, W. Warwick, RI 02893. www.lumettainc.com.
W.A.C. Lighting: Blue Swirl Glass transforms the familiar snifter style pendant light by encircling it with a hand-applied spiral of fluid color. A choice of painterly swirls on opal glass is offered: blue, green, or clear. W.A.C. Lighting, 615 South Street, Garden City, New York 11530. www.waclighting.com.
Fire & Water: The new Parallel Universe series includes this environmentally smart wall sconce. It is constructed of a cellular polycarbonate sheet in which some of the cells are filled with small chips of recycled colored glass. The layout and palette are customized for each order. Other eco-friendly materials used include wood-pulp fiberboard and energy-efficient dimmable fluorescent bulbs. Fire & Water, 241 Eldridge Street, Suite 3R, New York, NY 10002. www.cyberg.com.