Talking 2019 Lighting Trends With Adam Hoets of Willowlamp
The founder of Willowlamp discusses 2019 lighting trends, revealing what will impact the global face of lighting from now into next year.
Just as with all things related to decor and design, lighting is constantly evolving, influenced by the shifting directions in global trends as well as technological advances. The best way to learn about such changes is by attending annual expos such as Euroluce, an international lighting exhibition that forms part of Milan Design Week. Of course, for most of us this isn't an option, which is why we asked an expert to shed some light on the matter.
As the creative director of Willowlamp, Adam Houts is no stranger to the world of lighting. The award-winning South African company is renowned for its impressive chandeliers, which feature cascading chain curtains affixed to laser-cut frames in alluring geometric formations inspired by nature. Included in the offering are exquisite pendants and lamps, and you can find Willowlamp creations hanging in restaurants, hotels and homes across the globe.
It was only fitting, then, that the lighting brand was one of the first from South Africa invited to attend Euroluce earlier this year. While there, Houts was exposed to 2019 lighting trends, many of which promise to be around for a while yet. Here, he discusses what will impact the global face of lighting from now into next year.
Willowlamp's Adam Hoets Talks 2019 Lighting Trends
The natural world is a common source of inspiration for designers, so it should come as no surprise that this is one of the key 2019 lighting trends. Andrea Anastasio created a whimiscal ode to nature with his Madre lamp for Italian lighting company Foscarini. Comprising a hollow, heat-proof base that doubles up as a vase, the Madre lamp has aptly been described as a 'container of life'.
Bernhard Osann referenced nature in a more minimalist way with his Bird lamp for renowned lighting company Nemo. Featuring a protruding aluminium arm where the light source is located counterbalanced by a vertical brass bar, the LED table lamp is designed to oscillate and move, but always return to its horizontal resting position on the edge of any surface.
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The Bird lamp's strikingly pared-back structure reflects another of Hoet's 2019 lighting trends: simple silhouettes. Thanks to the versatility of LED bulbs, designers have been able to experiment more with their creations, but instead of going big, the general consensus is that less is more. The La Linea light by design firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) for Artemide is a prime example of this, as the flexible luminous tube is not only delightfully minimalist, but able to freely twist and turn to form various shapes.
Formafantasma drew on contrasts for its WireLine light for Flos, as hard and soft elements are combined in a sophisticated, curvilinear design. A rounded rubber frame conceals the suspension lamp's wiring and holds a horizontal glass LED light source in its middle. This juxtaposition of industrial rubber and elegant glass results in a fixture that is remarkably alluring despite its simple silhouette.
Just as we've seen a return to traditional techniques and craft in the spheres of furniture design and art, so too do the 2019 lighting trends reflect this handmade principle. The emergence of handblown glass lighting marks a celebration of the ancient practice, and acclaimed designer Marcel Wanders turned to his Dutch heritage as inspiration for his Adonis collection collection of lights and chandeliers for Barovier & Toso. Ornate, intricate and resplendent with traditional Dutch florals and butterflies exquisitely crafted out of Murano glass, the collection is a contemporary interpretation of an age-old technique.