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illuminating art: 4 international contemporary lighting designs

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contemporary lighting

Lighting is more than merely functional. It's art. Designers across the globe have raised the bar on lighting with sophisticated, quirky and stunning features that sometimes don't even look like a light source. They draw inspiration everywhere – jewellery, colours, nature, science – the list is endless.

ida & pingala by farrah sit

contemporary lighting

When it come to design, Farrah Sit focuses on creating simple, yet striking designs. Her Ida & Pingala lighting is testament to this. The design explores perceptions of gravity, featuring LED strips looped in geometric shapes around large pendants made of Carrera marble, neon, and brass. Sit says this gives the illusion of light of strength and weight.

mobile chandeliers by michael anastassiades

contemporary lighting

Michael Anastassiades first created his mobile chandelier series in 2008. His latest offering in the series features three chandeliers that follow a playful and complex exploration, all the while in measured equilibrium. The mobile chandelier is made with black patinated brass and mouth blown opaline spheres, while the pendant rod lengths are made to order.

either/or lamps by the coast

Leisure Contemporary

This lighting series created by architecture and design studio The Coast is a thin metal lamp that sea-saws on curved legs. The name and design was inspired by conflict between the aesthetic and the ethical in Either/Or by Søren Kierkegaard. The Coast says this contemporary lighting was made to encourage deliberate and emotionally acute interactions between an individual and their source of light.

filamento by mayice studio

Contemporary lighting

Filamento is a sculptural piece designed by Mayice Studioand is made by a single piece of glass that is more than one metre long. When it's lit a filament of light runs through it, giving a laser-like effect.