ADVICE CENTRAL

Share on Google+1Share on LinkedIn0Pin on Pinterest0Share on Reddit0Share on StumbleUpon0Share on TumblrShare on Facebook0Tweet about this on Twitter0

Ingo Schaer

Round and cute – these lamps are to cherish and to love! Spherical lamps adapt to every room and ambiance with their round, harmonious shape.

Bubble

Bubble

 

This “push me” lamp can be turned on and off by simply pressing it, since it is made out of silicone.

Spherical lamps look good everywhere: whether on the floor or on a table, as a pendant or floor lamp or outdoors.

The globe is a perfect form. It is harmonious and balanced and nice to look at, and invites us to touch it. Spherical and round lights are very popular. You can place them everywhere, whether on the ground, in a corner or on a table. They look good as floor or pendant lamps as well.

Small spherical pendant lamps arranged in groups, for example over the dining table, are especially pretty. So-called “Moon lights”, which look like the moon and spread a gentle “moonlight feeling”, create a beautiful ambiance. Some of these moon lights are made out of a translucent material like Japanese paper, enabling the light to shine through mysteriously.

Moon by Davide Groppi

Moon by Davide Groppi

 

A wistful look to the moon. This lamp invites to dream. The light shines softly through and fills the room with a pleasant atmosphere.

Shapes and colors

There is a large selection with regards to material for round light fixtures; particularly for high-quality impact globe lamps made of glass or ceramic. Of course hand-blown lamps made out of Murano glass are very special and very classy. The color white is often used, because it resembles the globe: pure, perfect and clean. Although the round shape is an invitation to be touched, caution is advised, because lights with incandescent or halogen lamps can be very hot! This is especially inconvenient, since spherical floor or table lamps usually have no stand or handle, where you could pick them up with.

Gambo

Gambo

You can conjure different light and shade patterns with 15 motif plates.

LEDs or CFLs are a different thing altogether – these lamps provide low heat generation and save power at the same time. It doesn’t always have to be the complete globe shape; hemispheres or other roundish forms are frequently being used in light fixture as well. Pendant lamps often have a semicircular shape and open downwards with their light emission.

Globo

Globo

Globe shapes in your garden

These spherical lights give your garden a fantastic light ambiance.

Globe shape lights are a beautiful eye-catcher outdoors as well – whether as bordering, on the terrace, or as floating lamps. Many manufacturers offer lights with a stone look design as well, which almost looks like real stones during the day. Outdoor lighting is equipped with energy-saving bulbs or LEDs most of the time. Solar-powered lights soaking up the sun during the day and providing a soft light shine at night are especially environmentally friendly. When purchasing outdoor lights, you should ensure that they are expressly suitable for outdoor use. Lamps, which become hot quickly, should not be placed next to plants, but rather kept in a certain safe distance.

Due to their low heat development and good energy efficiency, LED lights can stay lit all night – even unattended. A built-in timer is convenient, because this way you can automatically control the LED light and let it glow in many different rainbow colors.

TIP: OUTDOOR USE

When purchasing outdoor light fixtures, you should ensure that they are suitable for outdoor use – even if the balcony or patio is covered, they are subjected to constant weather conditions.

 

 

Ingo Schaer

Even almost one hundred years after its creation Bauhaus enjoys a consistently high appreciation. The reason might not only be the fact that Bauhaus was able to win the leading artists, designers and architects of its time as teachers. It can be explained in the orientation of the movement: Bauhaus was a radical modernization of life. As one of the most famous art and design schools, whose students and teachers have recorded the dynamics of their time and displayed as avant-garde form language to the world. The creation of the art school in 1919 in Weimar can temporally and geographically be connected with the beginning of the Weimar Republic, whose constituent meeting was held at the same place. Furthermore, the endpoints of Bauhaus and the Republic happened in the same year: in 1933, the spirit of time had changed radically and the politics of the Nazis sealed the forced dissolution of Bauhaus.

Bauhaus building

Bauhaus building

From artisanal spirit of the arts and crafts movement to industrial production

The founding director and architect Walter Gropius (1883-1969) pleaded passionately for the “creation of the future” by architects and artists in his manifesto. The artists and theorists of Bauhaus, including Max Bill, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, were convinced of the need for a social and aesthetic transformation of society. The reforming impulse also included supplying the population with good designs, and that could be done effectively only through industrial production. Therefore a strange situation developed, where artists who came from the area of the arts and crafts movement with the romanticizing of craft, consistently developed products for future industrial production.

Walter Gropius

Walter Gropius

Founder of Bauhaus

Not only the expressionism, but also the theories and works of the Dutch De Stijl movement, involving Piet Mondrian and Theo von Doesburg, were one of the conditions of the early days. The influences of Russian constructivists such as El Lissitzky were equally formative. The new Bauhaus building, obtained in Dessau in 1925, could not deny its affinity with functionalism. The world-famous semiotic rectangular building by Walter Gropius was later on often wrongly blamed for the harshness of urban planning after World War Two.

Workshops and ateliers, administration and auditorium, sports and stage rooms were combined in a single building. One was able to look at the workshops, in which many of the designs emerged and which are still being valued as of today, due to the differentiated physicality and the transparent facades. In the field of lighting design, Bauhaus developed a reputation with its abstract designs and clear language of form. The lights that were developed in the metal workshop were especially designed with intend for industrial production, since this was the only way to impact social and aesthetic changes.

The icons of the metal workshop

During the most productive phase of the workshop László Moholy-Nagy was the workshop leader, and the silversmith Christian Dell acted as foreman. The dealing with the theme light that actually had nothing to do in a silversmith’s workshop indicated a reorientation of the workshop. Moholy got the students excited about lighting designs made of glass and brass, but also for the about then new Plexiglas and other materials from industrial manufacturing. The famous Bauhaus lamp can be dated back to this time. It is the lamp ME1 developed by Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Karl Jacob Jucker in 1924, which sometimes is being sold under the name Wagenfeld lamp. The cut opal glass sphere as screen, the cylindrical glass stand with a metal core and the disc-shaped glass base show evidence of purity, simplicity, and a convincing form making gift.

This lamp is an icon of Bauhaus design. It was developed in two versions: with metal shaft and foot or glass shaft and foot. At that time it was produced by Bauhaus GmbH. As of today it is not entirely clear who was responsible for the design, but it can be assumed that in the workshop, which consisted of barely ten job sites, community development and testing was common. The Swiss artist Johannes Itten, the predecessor of Moholy, was already known to base his designs on simple geometric forms. It was assumed that it was easier for a future industrial production, if the designs would be restricted to spheres and cylinders.

Wagenfeld table lamp

Wagenfeld table lamp

 

However, closer inspection of the early exhibits clearly reveals the traces of the artisanal processing: hammered surfaces caused by metal friction are evidence of the pre-industrial creation processes. Today this reduced Canon seems like the compositional nucleus of Bauhaus design, even though the causes might be suspected somewhere else. The only woman in the metal workshop was one of the most talented and commercially most successful students of Bauhaus: Marianne Brandt.

Marianne Brandt

Marianne Brandt

 

She developed one of the first marketable night stand lamps with the Kandem table lamp (1927) in her third year as a student. A wedge-shaped, lacquered metal foot builds the base for a screen that is reduced to simple volumes. In addition to the formal quality, glare-free light, the pressure switch, which can be easily operated even when half-asleep, is one of the practical arguments for the lamp. At the end of the 1920s the Swiss architect Hannes Meyer took over as leader of Bauhaus. He intensified cooperation with the industry, because his motto was: “People need practical things instead of luxury”. But only two years later, in 1939, management changed again, and from then on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, another architect, was responsible for the history of the last three years of Bauhaus.

Ceiling lamp by Marianne Brandt

Ceiling lamp by Marianne Brandt

 

The WA24 is also known under the name Bauhaus lamp. It was designed in 1924 by Wilhelm Wagenfeld.

Electoral successes of the Nazi party in Dessau in 1932 forced a move to Berlin, and a year later, when the conditions deteriorated there as well, Bauhaus was forced to close altogether. Many of the teachers emigrated to the United States, spread the ideas of the school in the new country and thus laid the foundations for the international success of this unusual institution. The former head of the metal workshop, Moholy-Nagy, became a successful stage designer and filmmaker and was in charge of the new Bauhaus in Chicago since 1937.

Ingo Schaer

Dear readers, we proudly present: the most likely biggest lights for living quarters. These huge light fixtures need a little more space than usual.

Swan XL

Swan XL

This is the bigger brother of the small table lamps. The 1.30 meter high lamp with the goose neck weighs about 50 kg

Large and elegant

Today, a lot of things are “big”: cities outgrow themselves, cars are getting more spacious, and people are getting taller all the time…

In the age of LED, lighting design actually tends to become smaller because of the tiny LED lamps. But big lights are still very popular. It doesn’t have to be the huge crystal chandelier, which decorates the entrance halls or salons of stately mansions. It is up to you, whether you are trying to get attention through large objects or would like to gain prestige. Maybe you are just a fan of big furniture and large objects.
Should it be little bit more?

Agave

Agave

This lamp looks very light-weight due to the openings and the light color. The lamp creates beautiful light patterns

First of all, a large lamp is an eye-catcher. And, of course, it needs its own place. In larger apartments or airy homes, a room can accommodate a bigger size lamp. In small rooms, that stretch over two or more floors, a large pendant lamp is much better suited than a “normal-sized” or small lamp. If the lamp is too small, it will go completely unnoticed in such a room. It would also not give off enough light to light up the entire room. Voluminous lamps don’t have to be heavy and clumsy. They often consist of lightweight materials like fabric because of their size and have a very open design in a lot of cases.

Pendant luminaires are certainly the most common version of large light objects, followed by free-standing lamps and floor lamps. For garden and terrace there are nice, big lights available, that can also be used indoors. You should consult with a professional for the assembly of large hanging lamps, since it needs to be checked whether the ceiling can bear the weight of the light fixture: on top of this, the assembly is not all that easy and might involve some special technical knowledge.

Double Bubble by Eero Aarnio

Double Bubble by Eero Aarnio

This lamp has a width of 1.35 meters and weighs a noticeable 18 kg. The lamp is made of plastic and therefore suitable for outdoors

Big lights feel at home in these surroundings

Large light objects are especially well suited for stairwells or outdoor areas, if there is enough space available. Particularly in entrance areas, lights and furniture objects serve the purpose of being prestigious. Of course, large light objects always draw everyone’s attention. In open living areas, which stretch over two floors, a big, long pendant lamp looks very nice and fills the empty air space with life.

Floral by Panzeri

Floral by Panzeri

This large floor lamp is reminiscent of the shape of a flower

And if you want to place a large lamp despite having a little apartment, you should rather choose a white, bright color and a loose, open-plan form – since this will not be too oppressive in small spaces. And if you are not sure whether you will move in the near future, you should rather wait with the purchase of an oversized lamp, since it might no longer fit in the new home!

Daniela Tuturas

The first thing people need to acknowledge regarding dressing rooms is that this space is as important as any other room in the house. The reasons that make the above statement true are various, starting with the fact that the dressing room is where you store all your clothes, shoes and accessories and ending with the fact that here you make most of the choices for the day that is about to start or end.

 

Light Accents for Dressing Rooms

When it comes to choosing the suitable furniture for a dressing room it’s all about functionality, space, storage but you can not and should not neglect quality.

 

According to how much space the room offers you, the furniture has to be chosen. In my view, a perfect dressing room should be at least 4 meters wide and 5 meters long, in order for all the storage furniture required to fit the room and a lounge sofa or two armchairs and a coffee table to be set in the center of the room.

 

One has to keep in mind the fact that a dressing room is not only the place where you keep the clothes, shoes and accessories, it is also a socialization space for the moments when you need dressing up advice from your friends.

 

In order to keep a certain equilibrium in the whole house, the dressing room should be decorated in the same style the other rooms are decorated. Choosing the style, the colors, the materials, the furniture and the carpet is not as important as choosing the light accents for the dressing room. You might not be aware of this, but in order to make the best choices when dressing up, when it comes to mixing materials and colors you have to benefit from natural light. In a room where you have no window or at best one small window, the natural light provided by that window will not be enough for you to make the best choices.

 

giogali-sp-50-chandelier

Giogali Sp 50 Chandelier

Here is where, the light accents and lighting elements come into action and supply the so much required light. First of all, you have to choose the main lighting element of the room, which can be a chandelier, a set of pendant lights or even just a few spots on the ceiling. If the dressing room is decorated in a classic style, I would go for a fancy chandelier, otherwise I would choose the pendant lights set.

 

For the shoe storage area, I would choose a glass door or showcase and above each shelf I would place spots that would brighten up the shoes once the glass door or showcase is opened. Small, simple spots would suffice this space, but you should pay attention when choosing the light bulbs.

 

A chandelier or a pendant lights fixture should be able to provide the required amount of light for that room. Another issue that has to be paid attention to, is the issue of choosing the adequate light bulbs.

 

It’s not easy to choose the light bulbs that can provide light that’s at least 90% similar to the natural one. This is the main reason due to which when choosing the light bulbs you should try them and see what kind of light they provide. If you do not manage to find light bulbs that provide a light very similar to the natural one, you should choose the light bulbs that provide warm light.

 

Another aspect that you should pay attention to when choosing the chandelier or pendant lights fixture is the fact that these pieces should not have opaque lampshades as you do not want to obstruct the light, but rather benefit from all it’s power.

 

The light accents chosen can brighten up a dressing room and offer it the functionality it needs in order for the owner to make the best choices when it comes to dressing up.


meteorite_gallery2278222-960x540

The italian manufacturer has a new entry in to their portofolio of light sources in Meteorite family. Available in either pendant, ceiling, wall or table version, the Meteorite collection designed by Pio and Tito Toso is made of Venetian blown glass  with a double-layer artistic glass diffuser. The sophisticated process of machining and grinding of glass-blowing  allows optical depth when the lamp is turned on due to the different lights that are generated.

Page 1 of 4212345...102030...Last »