27 October 2014

Light It Up: Highlights from the 2014 Kortrijk Biennale Interieur

Western Europe’s oldest design biennial held in Kortriijk, Belgium, has once again proven the region remains a strong design force with the 24th edition of the furniture fair held this month. Despite a somewhat controversial theme for the fair that declared ‘the home does not exist’, the biennial hosted impressive and thought provoking displays from exhibitors from around the world.

Multi-functional lighting with a modern, restrained aesthetic was a strong presence at the biennial and its design awards. Here we take a look at a few of our favourites.

‘Magnum’ light by Patrycja Domanska and Felix Gieselmann

[‘Magnum’ light by Patrycja Domanska and Felix Gieselmann]

[‘Magnum’ light by Patrycja Domanska and Felix Gieselmann]

[‘Magnum’ light by Patrycja Domanska and Felix Gieselmann]

One of 20 winners in the 2014 Interieur Awards, this minimalist lamp uses a magnetic plug borrowed from the automotive industry to bring versatility to the combination of its disc and rod elements and to the direction and use of the light it emits.

"We created a lamp that makes one change in the direction of light effortlessly. It offers a unique functionality and at the same time works as a sculptural object with its monochrome, matt black surface," Patrycja and Felix said of their design.

You can see more of the Magnum light in this video.

Plug Light by Joyce de Grauw and Paul van den Berg

[Plug Light by Joyce de Grauw and Paul van den Berg]

[Plug Light by Joyce de Grauw and Paul van den Berg]

Recognising the ubiquity of technology in life today, Dutch designers Joyce de Grauw and Paul van den Berg set out to solve a modern dilemma by making their lamps a source of light and power.

“Nowadays, many people work at home behind their dining table in the middle of the room. The problem of having cords everywhere on the ground, and the fact that this is a common problem, resulted in Plug Light,” they said.

Atmos by Arturo Erbsman

[Atmos by Arturo Erbsman]

[Atmos by Arturo Erbsman]

According to the French designer, Atmos “exalts the natural cycle of water, encouraging contemplation and reverie” to create “an atmospheric lamp that uses condensation of water to diffuse light”.

The lamp’s aluminium base and glass bulb hold an “inexhaustible water reserve” that gradually evaporates as it is heated by the lit bulb. Condensing water lines the inside of the bulb, creating a soft diffusion of light. As condensation builds the water slides back down the bulb walls to begin the cycle again.

Images via Daily Tonic and Biennale Interieur.

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