Friday, 12 June 2015

ICFF 2015 lighting trends

Whilst I was wearing through shoe leather pounding the aisles of ICFF I saw plenty of standout products.  Most fell into two categories and my two loves (!) lighting and chairs.

I thought the lighting seen at ICFF was my favourite product category with some gorgeous pieces that I haven’t come across here in Europe. Lighting designers Paul Priven and Marcia Zia of Zia-Priven had some beautiful lights in fact their glass pendants were very easy on the eye. I also found plenty to like at Materiadesigns where I loved their parchment light and lovely brass hardware. Plus my new favourites Apparatus studio full of inventive design (horsehair lights anyone?) and the most “on trend” soft peachy pink stand.

Brass lighting continues in earnest and I’m not tiring of it yet….
A continuing trend was “stick” lighting in various forms appeared throughout the show and also at WantedDesign too. It varied slightly from manufacturer but the long linear light source or hardware was on display through out the show (and often in brass).
Shown above I also really liked Phase Design’s Open Mic Pendant, Bec Brittain had an outstanding stand practically a whole garden of plants AND I loved her SHY light. The Stickbulb Collection features bulbs in lengths up to 6 feet that can be connected to create a bespoke option.

The designs from Pelle at ICFF were incredibly impactful on their stand.  Their lighting was beautiful and luxurious and will look great in many situations. High on my lust list.
The other trend was the handcrafted approach. Plenty of lighting designs showcased the unique beauty of molten or hand-blown glass. As seen at Zia Priven in their Muse range with hand-blown glass, Tom Kirk in his Cintola range, in Tom Dixon’s Melt range where the glass appears “molten” and in the beautiful chandelier on the Tsunami Glassworks stand.
I don’t know about you but it nearly makes me want to change every lighting fitting I have in my home…. Almost, I wouldn’t want to part with my vintage lighting.

Thanks again for Modenus for making #BlogtourNYC possible for me.

All images by Mary Middleton, except the Tom Dixon Melt image (as mine didn't do it justice).


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