Light My Fire: Exciting Archi-Luminaires

Light is one of the most important factors in the design of spaces. With the degree in which most prominent architects in the world obsess over “lighting” in spaces, both natural and artificial; it’s no surprise that quite a number of them have designed bespoke luminaires. We went on a mission to find out who has dabbled in what, and alas; we have found quite a few prominent architect designed desk lamps, chandeliers, and other forms of artificial light vessels.

Zaha Hadid – Vortexx Chandelier

Vortexx by Zaha Hadid

In the true spirit of Zaha-fluidity, this chandelier appears to be a continuous ribbon that illuminates different coloured lights from above. It is equally a sculptural piece of art as much a functional source of light.

Frank Gehry – Cloud XL-60

CLOUD by Frank Gehry

A collaboration with Swiss firm Belux. Gehry designed this suspended light flitting to appear as a cloud that floats over spaces as a centerpiece to any room. Made from polyester fleece and suspended by two slender wires, it feels completely ethereal and appears very different in different light conditions.

Bjarke Ingels Group – Alphabet Lights

Alphabet Lighting by BIG

BIG and Artemide worked together to design a series of modular tube lights that consist of a series of straight and curved parts that could come together to create many different structures. It was based on a Bjarke Ingles designed typeface.

Foster & Partners – FLO Light

FLO by Foster

Another collaboration, this time with Italian manufacturers Lumina. This minimalist desk lamp focuses more on technical resolution and refinement than artistic flare. However, it achieves a rather slick result; completely doing away with all moving, hanging and protruding parts.

Kengo Kuma – Crackled Glass Lamp for Lasvit

Kengo Kuma

To achieve this, the architect blew molten glass into dry wooden moulds. The heated glass burnt the wood, which in turn cracked the glass unveiling the effect above. A classic case of something we like to call “owned mistake-ism”. Ostensibly the technique is akin to an ancient Japanese method of wood preservation.

OMA – XY 180

XY 180 by OMA

OMA worked with Delta Lighting to create this linear lighting collection. The three-piece collection is designed around a hinged fixture that allows different elements to be moved and connected together, this way the lights can be arranged in variety of geometric patterns. The design reflects OMA’s architectural notion of point, line and surface.