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October 2017 / Homes & Interiors / by Ali Howard

Bright Sparks

As the autumn nights draw in, our focus turns to illuminating our indoor spaces in the most creative ways, giving us the ability to play with moods, cast shadows, zone spaces, and produce high-octane drama at the flick of a switch. And because great lighting design has the power to transform a room like nothing else, this month we celebrate lighting luminaries whose boundary-pushing work is nothing short of electric 

1. LUUM

Lighting design has long enjoyed a playful relationship with art and where form and function go hand in hand, increasingly, contemporary sculptural pieces are replacing the conventional chandelier. No longer the reserve of the gallery space, we’re now seeing spectacular lighting installations in some of our finest residential homes. London-based studio Luum delivers dynamic lighting with innovative and impactful design, moving away from the customary cut glass to the cutting edge. Discretely suspended and throwing a fascinating display of shadows, Bangle, with its scattered pyramidal forms, creates a lively interaction between light and shade. Truly a work of art in itself. From £4,929 (byluum.com)

2. GALLOTTI & RADICE

As its name suggests, contemporary furnishings brand Go Modern are not backward in coming forward. This season they’re championing the best Italian lighting design, with a show-stopping range that includes Gallotti & Radice’s new Eris pendant. Created by Massimo Castagna, whose architectural background is obvious in his designs, this building-like sculptural ceiling light is made from hand-finished burnished brass with a black-bronzed lacquered structure, making it a unique piece that’s guaranteed to turn heads. Marrying soft autumnal hues with glamorous metallics, you can expect it to emit the most luxurious warm glow – just in time for the clocks to go back. £3,980 (gomodern.co.uk)

3. ARTERIORS

This US luxury brand has just launched in the UK and brings with it an exquisite lighting range, showcasing some eye-opening original design. The Goulding chandelier was conceived from images of nature – think petals gently opening to the sun to create an up-lighting effect – yet its hefty form pays a debt to the industrial trend. The curved plates of the 12-light chandelier are made from beautifully aged brass and, inside, a contrasting bright gold hue gives the light a glorious dynamic. Having made their Maison & Objet debut in 2014, it’s little wonder the company has since won over some of Europe’s most discerning design lovers. £7,359 (arteriorshome.com)

4. OCCHIO

Created by Axel Meise for Occhio, the brand new Mito series aims to redefine the future of lighting – not only with shrewd design, but by using sophisticated technology. Adjusting what Meise calls the “colour temperature”, this striking ring pendant is able to switch moods through the use of futuristic touchless controls, from warm tones to cooler, energising effects. And thanks to innovative sensors, the fading function allows you to play with up- and down-lighting to your heart’s content, bringing a bespoke element to at-home ambience. But of course, where would we be without aesthetics? Luckily, Mito more than meets our standards on the design front, too. We give it a resounding “I do”. From €495.80, Occhio dealers include All Square Lighting, 104 Talbot Road, W11
(020 7727 0606; allsquarelighting.co.uk; occhio.de)