Milan: Lighting 18.08.11

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Nathalie Dewez
Balance
Established & Sons
This year Established & Sons presented its collections at the Versace Theatre and there were a few clever items worthy of the glamorous venue. Balance by Nathalie Dewez is a desk lamp with a bent tubular aluminium form and integrated LEDs. The wider base of the tube conceals the LEDs' transformer, the weight of which acts as a counterbalance for the lamp, allowing it to be completely freestanding. With a gentle push, the light can be set in motion, swinging slowly around the base's pivot point.

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Gionata Gatto and Mike Thompson
Trap light
A corner of Spazio Rossana Orlandi's basement was taken over by Gionata Gatto and Mike Thompson, who created a grotto-like space to demonstrate their Trap light. The lamp's glass is embedded with photoluminescent pigments – particles that are "charged" with energy from an LED bulb for 30 minutes and then re-emit coloured
light for up to eight hours after the bulb is turned off. The room was periodically plunged into darkness, allowing Trap Light's ambient glow to mesmerise visitors.

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Changedesign
Planet
Foscarini
Planet is an all-fabric lampshade with no inner frame. The lamp is embroidered with a special yarn that stiffens when heated, becoming a decorative exoskeleton of wiry seams. Italian multi-disciplinary design studio Changedesign developed the technology as part of Foscarini's research arm, taking inspiration from the "intelligent stitching" on clothes worn by NASA astronauts in zero-gravity conditions.

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Phillippe Starck
Marie Coquine Chandelier
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Eight designers including Philippe Starck, Jaime Hayón and Michele De Lucchi were invited to create chandelier installations for the Baccarat Highlights exhibition. Starck's whimsical Marie Coquine was hard to miss: an umbrella-cum-chandelier balanced on a tripod by a leather punchbag. Exploring the mystical nature of crystal, Starck's umbrella is a reference to the magical world of Mary Poppins. He says: "She did the most elegant ... most surrealist thing I've ever seen. She leads an ordinary life, then suddenly she opens up her umbrella and flies off very graciously."

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Changedesign took inspiration from the "intelligent stitching" on clothes worn by NASA astronauts in zero-gravity conditions

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