Star Lights

May 2012
May 2012

These unusual new lamps and fixtures for residential and commercial applications take advantage of advanced LED-lighting technologies, innovative thermal-management systems, and the latest materials, including a suspension lamp based on a NASA study for astronaut containment suits.

By Rita Catinella Orrell & Asad Syrkett

Image © courtesy FLOS
An installation of Wall Piercing fixtures from the Soft Architecture collection designed by Ron Gilad. Lighting Products

Image © courtesy FLOS

Taraxacum pendant lamp, designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1960.

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In 1962, as Italy was poised to overtake Scandinavia in the European furnishings market, an Italian lighting company named FLOS was born. The company’s first introduction, the Space Age–style Taraxacum pendant lamp (lower-left), was designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1960. The fixture, with its white-powdered-steel structure and experimental pliable cocoon resin, was an example of the innovative fixtures to come from the company. To help celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, FLOS briefly took over a vacant space next to its New York City showroom to create vignettes featuring office, retail, hospitality, and residential themes. The displays integrated pieces from the company’s Architectural LED range currently launching in the U.S., which includes the modular Lightspring fixtures, as well as luminaries from the soon-to-be-launched Soft Architecture collection. Built directly into a wall or ceiling structure, the Soft Architecture line is “more of a concept than a product,” says FLOS USA CEO Jan Vingerhoets, and includes products made of a lightweight composite material—referred to by the company as “undercover technology”—that complies with the latest international safety and green standards. One fixture is Wall Rupture, a dramatic installation that uses concealed LED strips to create the illusion that a secret crack in the earth has been revealed.

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