Researchers have discovered more and more about the importance of light for human health and well being. Global warming also requires the search for more sustainable solutions to our energy use in lighting.
The acronym LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and the organizers of Euroluce, the Biennial International Lighting Exhibition in Milan in April 2009, believe that this technology can very much be eco-friendly. An example of such a solution comes from manufacturer Artemide with four versions of its Tolomeo range of lamps featuring low energy consumption designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina. From ‘human light’ to ‘responsible light’ was a theme that Artemide brought to Salone (April) 2009, through a project by Carlotta de Bevilacqua which considers light as a conscious actor of natural, social and civil responsibility. Light steers our biological rhythm, hormone system and metabolism and this project affirms a commitment to designs for Artemide that will require less energy consumption. The notion of light as a seamless element that blends with other senses, including the olfactory, underpins “iOO6th Sense,” an interactive digital solution that was created by iO together with Oikos Fragrances. The computer program, integrated with aroma diffusers, allows the creation of multiple interactive digital lighting moods coupled with specific fragrance to create unique sensorial immersions. An experimental and spectacular composition of temporary construction T-Energy by Luca Trazzi, was also on display at Salone del Mobile 2009. The energy derived from power absorption during the day through solar panels is exploited at night to light luminous panels, thus creating plays on lights and shadows derived from the tower’s structure.
OLD MATERIAL, NEW DESIGN, NEW TECHNOLOGY
The search for ‘ancient wood’ from Europe’s old buildings and roofs and its re-cycling into unique pieces of (office) furniture is the mission of “Haute Material”, a ‘lab’ located in Valtellina just north of Milan. The result of collaboration between craftsman Joseph Pruneri, and designer Renato Geraci, Haute Material’s masterpiece includes its 12-seat meeting table “Genesis” crafted from antique raw pine that seamlessly conceals multiple power sources and necessary connections for computers and other electronic devices essential to today’s business meetings. Unique pieces of ancient carpet styles were also exhibited by Nodus, a rug design project of Il Piccollo, a design company based in Milan. With a collection of 60 pieces created in 6 countries (Nepal, Pakistan, India, Turkmenistan, China and Turkey) these unique hand-woven rugs are based on exclusive patterns developed by major international designers.
Published in the hard-copy of Work Style Magazine, Spring 2009