edited by Craig Kellogg -- Interior Design, 1/1/2004 12:00:00 AM
Pie in the sky
The prototype for Liuhta Architecture & Design's new pendant was an irregular circle of pie-shape plastic petals. The current incarnation, LT_ 02 Segment, is a single groovy slab of polished acrylic scored with a sunburst of kerfs. Light from 15 diodes, hidden at the center of the disk, radiates along the grooves to produce a watery glow that's just enough for nightclubs, bars, restaurants, or living rooms "where you want to set a mood," says Olaf Schüler, one of Liuhta's four designers.
After showing at the recent Designersblock exhibition in London, the firm has been approached by both British and Italian manufacturers. But don't expect a drop in price if the pendant goes mass-market. "It's not an everyday design," Schüler explains, noting the precisely detailed stainless-steel stem and thumbscrew. "The materials say it's a luxury object." 29 Am Erlenberg, 64285 Darmstadt, Germany; 49-179-328-5797; liuhta.com. circle 318
The injection-blown acrylic Mirror Ball hangs from the ceiling or sits on a stainless-steel stand or rubber floor coaster. Shop, 28 All Saints Road, London W11 1HG, U.K.; 44-20-7792-5335; tomdixon.net. circle 319
Hand-grinding creates the spiral grooves looping the glass-shaded Class 40 pendants. 104 Housman Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303; 718-556-5400; itreusa.com. circle 320
Finklab Design Industries
David Stokes and Antoine Claux's David Le Cyclope table lamp looks ahead—in aluminum. 91 Claremont Road, Wavertree, Liverpool L15 3HJ, U.K.; 44-7752-546995. circle 321
This company offers hard-edged modernism alongside experiments in unexpected softer materials. To wit: the On W1 sconce in opalescent glass and brushed nickel and the Zero W1 chrome sconce with glass oculus. 29 Via Rambolina, 36061 Bassano del Grappa, Italy; 39-0424-566338; prandina.it. circle 322
Powder or liquid polymer, hardened by a laser, can form digitally generated shades for halogen fixtures. Janne Kyttanen designed an epoxy version for the Lotus standing lamp and a nylon one for the Helix table lamp. 15 Technologielaan, 3001 Leuven, Belgium; 32-1-639-6661; materialise.com. circle 323
Myriad colored marbles filter the fluorescent light of aluminum floor lamps by Liz Hirons. Burford Court, Flat 27, Manchester M16 8EA, U.K.; 44-161-881-1136; email@example.com. circle 324
A sliced and frosted water bottle shades the bulb of the aptly named Perrier hanging light. 117 Marsh Lane, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD8 8AS, U.K.; 44-7974-779527. circle 325
Ilsa Parry, a designer and nurse, twisted pill blister-packs into the diffuser for her No-Zac lamp. 43 Minster Court, Liverpool L7 3QD, U.K.; 44-7974-186677; ilsaparry.com. circle 326
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