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ELLE DECOR’s 15 favourite lighting designers

OCT 3, 2016 | By Aditi Sharma Maheshwari
ELLE DECOR India completes 15 glorious years of bringing to readers the best in design, art and architecture. For this occasion, we curated a comprehensive list of our favorite lighting creatives from around the world. From interactive pieces, beautifully designed installations to functional products, these experts and their creations have time and again have left us spell bound.
1. Alex Davis
The multi faceted New Delhi based artist and designer has over the years set a high benchmark with his smart, modern designs. His EDIDA 2014 winning product, Cocoon Lamps crafted from solid wood sections is an example of his ingenious mind – these envelope internal illumination emitting from concentric wooden rings and reflect a warm, orange ambient light in any space.
2. Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth
The duo behind the popular New Delhi based Klove Studio know exactly how to inject glamour into any space with their products. Having bagged EDIDA 2015 Designers of the Year, we took a look at some of their outstanding works – one among the many is the Disc Ceiling Lamp made of onyx stone, placed on matt black metal plate that mesmerises.
3. Vibhor Sogani
A renowned New Delhi based lighting expert draws a lot of his inspirations from interstellar discoveries and thinking beyond the mundane. He won an EDIDA in 2011for Slice Suspension, made by juxtaposing divided cylinders and mirror finish rings in stainless steel to create a double-layered illumination.
4. Rooshad Shroff
The multi disciplinary architect and designer from Mumbai of Rooshad Architecture + Design has time and again awed with his cleaver ideas and execution. The Marble Bulbs handcrafted in white Makrana marble by Jaipur craftsmen won EDIDA in 2015 for its sheer brilliance in execution.
5. Gunjan Gupta
Founder of the contemporary and luxury lifestyle brand Wrap Studio from the capital likes to merge ingenious crafts with modern designs. Her Rock Chandelier that won EDIDA 2015 showed a modern take on a crude structure of a boulder into a luxury light fixture.
6. Regis Matheiu
The French visionary who is the force behind Mathieu Lustiere of a long and revered heritage is known for his incredible and opulent executions. Among his many works, the 6ft amber rock crystal Astrolabe lighting comes to mind.
7. Paul Cocksedge
The acclaimed British designer from Paul Cocksedge Studio known for his original concepts loves to play with materials and ideas. Capture, for instance is a hand spun metallic hemisphere that gives the illusion of catching light and holding it in place. And as one continues to watch, the illuminator’s form vanishes, leaving one looking at only the light.
8. Petra Krausova and Lobor Sostak for Lasvit
The Czech designers at Lasvit through their products like to believe in the unbelievable and give form to it. Their dynamic Intergalactic Lighting sculpture made of 1,500 hand-blown crystal elements are individually lit with LED. The illuminator has seven programmable effects, controlled via a smartphone or tablet.
9. Nendo for Foscarini
When the brilliance of a product designer meets a powerhouse lighting brand, the result is always remarkable. Like the pendent light Maki by Japanses creative, Nendo for Foscarini, which is made of lacquered aluminium diffuser available in white or grey.
10. Josep Lluís Xuclà for Vibia
The Barcelona based product and interiors designer regularly collaborates with architects and brands. Take for instance SET for Vibia that belongs to the Wall Art collection.
11. Nikhil Paul
The Delhi-based designer is widely known for his minimal aesthetic and mid century, modern creations. The Tango Lighting is a low hanging, beaten brass shade that enables the fixture to be artfully arranged and reconfigured to emit soft lighting. It was recently featured in the latest edition of the book, Objects of Desire.
12. Michael Anastassiades
Exploring culture and aesthetics through products and art, this British creative has always strived to achieve timelessness and individuality in his work. Like the Mobile Chandeliers constructed with mouth blown opaline spheres and a pendant rode made of black patinated brass.
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13. David Groppi
What’s common in most of the creations of this Italian lighting designer – simplicity, weightlessness, emotion and creative invention. The Popup table lamp with LED light for instance has a metallic base, available in different hues and is even fitted with an audio speaker to make it super functional.
14. Graypants
This Amsterdam based team of problem solvers engage in responsible designs using sustainable materials. They devised a dynamic illuminator comprising several tiny pendants called Moa, made of precision layers of repurposed cardboard. The installation appears to change when seen from different angles.
15. Adolini + Simonini Associati for Martinelli Luce
The duo Daniel Simonini and Rodolf Dordoni with a studio in Milan continuously collaborate with several companies in the outdoor, furniture, lighting and bathroom industries to create Object d’ Art. Hoop, the “take away lamp” has a metallic base, fitted with a white opal methacrylate diffuser and is portable.
If this article has piqued your interest, then pick up our Oct-Nov 2016 issue with focus on unusual lights to illuminate different spaces. Click here for a preview!
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