The French City of Lyon might like to think itself at the gastronomic centre of the world, but in 1643 the town was grateful that it was only on the periphery of an outbreak of the plague. The municipal councillors, in gratitude that the town had been saved, dedicated the Lyon to the Virgin Mary. To this day, the celebration marking this event is known as the festival of light.
Irrespective of the city’s position in the gastronomical or epidemiological league tables, it must surely be a central event in for artists and designers working with light. Read more
Sending objects into space has traditionally been a tricky and costly thing to do. But now you can have COSMOS in your own space.
These stylish luminaries were designed by Constantin Wortmann and produced by Next for rooms with high ceilings. Read more
You know the scene! Turn up to a fancy cocktail party in your biker boots, fully leathered-up, only to be stared at by men in black velvet jackets with bow ties, and thin girls in short black dresses and high heels!
Well the artist Carolina Fontoura Alzaga also shares your passion for a “bit of rough” and has expressed it in these fabulous chandeliers made of recycled metal and salvaged bicycle parts . Read more
Photos: Christian Hass
Ropes is a series of lights by the German designer Christian Hass. Each light is hand made and unique using a variety of knots. Sometimes the knots are formal and sometimes improvised, but all have a sculptural quality when off and more so when on.
Photos: Björn Allerman
We tend to regard burning things as consuming or perhaps spoiling what is burnt. But Nicholas Kerl’s Tortoise challenges this notion to create what he describes as a ‘mood lighting object’. You might also call it a lamp shade, but that seems a bit modest for such a beautiful thing. Read more