With more than 500 lighting companies in attendance, the Euroluce lighting fair played a significant part in the biennial Salone del Mobile in Milan last month. Things may have become more staid and commercial in the last decade, but Italian manufacturers can be relied on to push materials, technology and ideas to new heights. We've spared you the sight of Philippe Starck's Guns collection designed for Flos - table and standard lamps in the form of oversized gilded pistols and Armalite rifles - to bring you the pick of the best from the rest FOSCARINI Pendants were out in force. Paying homage to Russian Constructivism was Foscarini's Big Bang. Its use of 100W tungsten halogen lamps to internally illuminate an array of interlocking translucent methacrylic planes in grey, white or red, gave it the most ethereal presence at the show.
LOUIS POULSEN On a much simpler note was Louis Poulsen's Enigma, a delicately poised suspension piece.
It projects the flux from a 50W mains voltage tungsten reflector lamp down through four wirehung, semi-transparent disks of diminishing size.
OY LIGHT New Italian company OY Light has come up with a witty adjustable wall light called Light Drawer. Its central box section pushes in and out of the fitting like a drawer, to modify the light pattern from a hidden 200W tungsten halogen lamp.
REGENT Nolimit (above) was one of the most inspiring office lighting systems on show. Distributed in the UK by Concord: marlin, the T5 wall or suspension system comes in a variety of configurations. But the clever twist (literally) is that individual 24W or 54W units can be rotated at any angle, to offer combinations of uplighting, side-lighting or down-lighting.
INGO MAURER Although most of Euroluce's offerings were on a domestic scale, Ingo Maurer upped the ante size-wise with its Big Dish feature luminaire for high-ceilinged spaces (which owes more than a little to Sky's ubiquitous wall-mounted satellite receiver). It projects a beam of light from a 150W CDM lamp, located up to 15m away, through the 2.3m-diameter fibre-glass dish, pierced by a central aperture. It also comes with colour-change and dimming options.
TARGETTI iLight (right) is an exciting collaboration between Targetti and St Gobain. Its sandwich of two 23.5mm-thick glass sheets and a glowing pane of light courtesy of invisible electrodes acting on rare gases in the void between, offered the best example of innovative technology. It can be incorporated into walls and windows, and has a 40,000-hour life.
TRE CI LUCE Fittings creating slits of light were an ongoing motif this year, and Tre Ci Luce's neat Ray wall light (left) exploits the idea with its intriguing slash across the front face. This is supplemented by an ambient wash from the rear of the body.
Colour-filter options can increase the drama.