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Lighting by Lukas Peet

Lukas Peet is a Canadian designer who received his industrial design training at the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. This year’s winner of Canada’s The Design Exchange Emerging Designer competition, Peet practices in several fields, receiving much recognition for his elegantly minimalist lighting designs.

Lukas Peet, Rudi

One of Peet’s most iconic designs is the Rudi series. Produced in collaboration with New York City-based manufacturer Roll & Hill, Rudi consists of bent metal tubes holding dimmable cold cathode lamps. The form resembles fine jewelry, and the light is suspended by its own cord, simply knotted at the top.

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A couple of Peet’s latest designs include Slab, a flat LED pendant, produced in a variety of surfaces (shown in felt), as well as Button, a tiltable LED pendant that hangs from a nylon rope through holes in the lamp itself, just like a button.

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While Peet’s striking table lamps are only prototypes, their studied, timeless designs are certainly worth mentioning. Specular and Diffuse merge beauty and function; Specular, inspired by specular reflections and rays of light, illuminates both table surface and ceiling, without the blinding effect of a bare bulb. Diffuse, a smaller-scale lamp, is composed of a ceramic base and a simple mirrored bulb to produce a warm table or desktop glow.

With many outstanding lighting designers emerging of late, Lukas Peet is certainly one to keep an eye on. Though this is just a brief introduction to one facet of his work, Peet’s imaginative, but practical designs have a stamp and direction all their own.

More at: Lukas Peet Design

Light Interventions by Javier Riera

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Javier Riera

Jaiver Riera

Jaiver Riera

Spanish artist Javier Riera’s light “interventions” are created by projecting geometric shapes onto natural vegetation. The play of light and shape manipulates our perception of the organic design and edges of nature we are so accustomed to, resulting in an impressive sight that is also sometimes strangely sci-fi.

Riera’s ongoing investigation into the relationship between landscape and geometry includes  realtime projections in public spaces, including a highly regarded installation at the Turia Gardens in Valencia, where 11 light projections were situated throughout a path of 200 meters.

Describing his work, Riera states: “My intervention is ephemeral, it does not leave a trace in nature. It comes and leaves.”

More at: Javier Riera

Revolution Glassware by FFerrone Design

Revolution Glassware by FFerrone Design

Revolution Glassware by FFerrone Design

Though Chicago-based designer Felicia Ferrone’s Revolution glassware collection has been out for a few years, there is nothing trendy or dated about these thoughtfully minimalist designs. The glasses may look delicate, but the hand-blown borosilicate is safe for extreme temperatures, an excellent vehicle for experiments in molecular mixology. The suspended-in-air design is not only striking, but clever in that the glasses can be inverted to serve as a different size.

Available at: FFerrone Design

An excellent companion: Molecule-R’s Cocktail R-Evolution Kit

Opening Ceremony SS14: Into the Light

Opening Ceremony features their Spring/Summer 2014, street racing-inspired collection in this short film, Into the Light, directed by Maryam L’Ange. Alongside model Martin Cohn, you might recognize Olympic fencer Race Imboden as one of the leads in a narrative the director describes as “a glimpse into a New York love story.”









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