Category Archives: Lighting Design

Ballet Pendant Lamp

Posted on April 1, 2016 by Annalisa

Founded 20 years ago in Galicia, Spain, lighting company Arturo Álvarez specialises in handmade lamps for hospitality projects including lighting solutions for hotel chains including Hilton, Sheraton and Melia.

‘Ballet’ is a new design from the studio created in collaboration with product designer Héctor Serrano who together with Arturo Álvarez has produced this pretty light using SIMETECH®, a steel mesh covered with silicone.

SIMETECH®, gives the designer the flexibility to create graceful forms which bring the lamps to life, ‘its asymmetry makes its forms change depending on the point of view. … a constant dance of light and shadows”.

Ballet comes in white, grey, beige, yellow or orange.

The Herbarium: Crabtree & Evelyn

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Annalisa

The Herbarium display for the Crabtree & Evelyn store at Regent Street was part of the RIBA Regent Street Window project collaboratively designed by the architects London Atelier and lighting designers Michael Grubb Studio. The display captures the memory of English Still rooms. A delicate combination of colourful and fascinating plants and flowers, tracing papers, copper and brass utensils, wooden surfaces of country kitchens and remedies, potions and cosmetic products were the inspiration for the project.

The display is a choreographed ensemble of herbs, plants and flowers preserved in panes of soap within a brass grid lit by an LED matrix.

A grid of 96 boxes or pigeon holes was made into 4 separate modules. 77 of these modules were caped with panes of soap with botanical compositions made from around 200 different species of plants common to English gardens cast into them. The piece is constructed from lightly stained plywood, frosted glass and brass angles that hold the soap panes in place and it rests on a plinth of 10mm steel. It is lit using 77 linear runs of LED lights which are connected to a computer to create a subtle, organically animated and surprising lighting effect.  The lighting matrix responds to the movements of the passers-by and translates them into disturbances and ripples into general pattern.


designjunction – Seminar Highlights

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Annalisa

The fifth edition of the critically-acclaimed designjunction is set to raise the bar this September by taking over two new central London venues; The College, formerly home to Central Saint Martins and the striking event space Victoria House B1, both located on Southampton Row (

Expect to encounter live workshops and flash-factories, one-off collaborations, hundreds of new product launches, inspiring installations, delectable food offerings and much more (

This week, see highlights of the designjunction2015 seminar programme, which celebrates, explores and explains design’s new sense of mission. designjunction asks the question: do we really need another chair (or table or camera or shoe or phone)? The ‘Design for a Reason’ programme argues that yes we do, as long as it’s a beautiful solution to a real problem.

Sponsored by collaborative design studio molo, the Cochrane Theatre at the former Central Saint Martins building will be transformed with ‘Softwall’ backdrops and a canapy of ‘Cloud’ lighting.


Keep up-to-date with the show on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

One show, two venues: The College, 12-42 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AP Victoria House, 37 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4DA

19.00: Keynote: Yves Behar and Tylko

Pioneering ‘design entrepreneur’ Yves Béhar, creator of fuseproject, joins forces with Polish ‘parametric design’ specialists Tylko, whose innovative app gives users power to customise their chosen domestic product. Could this be the future of design?

11.00 Transports of Delight

In association with Blueprint, Paul Priestman delivers the very latest thinking on stations and infrastructure.

14.00 Design Futures Come in Layers

Benjamin Hubert on his new direction, which has huge implications for design at large.

16.00 Technology, Tables and Lamps

Follow the journey of royal designer Terence Woodgate.

17.00 Life after Graduation

BIIDpresident Dan Hopwood and design education experts on the next step.

12.00 Working Beautifully

San Francisco’s Studio O+A joins Brooklyn’s Uhuru to discuss spaces that release endorphins.

14.30 Global Colour Trends

Carolina Calzada presents the shades and hues for the upcoming seasons.

16.00 Joined + Jointed

Samuel Chan explains the ethos behind his latest venture – Joined + Jointed.

 18.30 Fairphone 2

Bas van Abel, creator of Fairphone, on his latest sustainable, modular launch.

13.00 Interiors for Unicorns

Christian Hawley, founder of and Russell and Jordan of 2 Lovely Gays.

14.30 Remote Controlled Smoke and Colour

Hosted by luxury product designer Tiipoi.


Posted on February 20, 2015 by Annalisa


Buster and Punch are a London based interiors brand known for their craftsmanship and uncompromising passion for making products they love, including lighting, furniture and limited editions. Justin Deakin is arguably one of the country’s top shoe designers and also a passionate supporter of British craftsmanship, choosing to work with English factories and materials whenever possible.

So the WIN Team was very excited when they announced an exclusive London Fashion Week collaboration at Somerset House. In celebration of their shared passion for music, motorbikes and the art of making, these two British designers epitomise daring craftsmanship through innovative fashion design.

The installation features a strictly limited edition leather light shade and biker boot, both made from the finest quilted Italian calf leather with solid metal and rubber detailing.

Buster + Punch work with rare, solid materials to make extraordinary items for everyday use. The collaboration highlights their design and manufacturing skills to make unexpected accessory items that unite both the interior & fashion industries.

‘Since the day we opened the doors to the public, our main aim was to drag the sluggish interiors world out of the front door and onto our streets and catwalks alike. This exciting collaboration represents the first steps towards us achieving this goal and we will be wearing great boots along the way!.’ – Massimo Buster Minale
 – Buster + Punch 

‘Roma Phantasma’ at The House of Peroni

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Liz

If you’re looking for a new exhibition or show to visit this October, why not check out what’s going on over at The House of Peroni? Innovative lighting design studio Baroncelli have taken up residency at one of the House’s bi-annual month long pop-ups, celebrating contemporary Italian culture with an immersive room of art, design and lighting.

‘Roma Phantasma’ by Baroncelli at The House of Peroni

Giovanni Corrado, Creative Director of Baroncelli, was one of a number of talented individuals invited this year to design an immersive room within the House, reflecting and portraying its theme: Rome, the birth place of Peroni Nasstro Azzuro.

‘Roma Phantasma’ by Baroncelli at The House of Peroni

Baroncelli’s exclusive installation ‘Roma Phantasma’ is an unorthodox and atmospheric landscape. Utilising the component parts that make the modular Flexus lighting system, Baroncelli have created several limited edition sculptural mechanisms including a timepiece, catapult, pulley, airscrew, microscope and compass. Mounted on the walls and ceilings of the room, these mechanisms are layered and interweaved around etched scenic drawings to create a 3D installation which interprets the strength, volume and engineering prowess of neoclassical Rome and showcases the studio’s trademark for expert metal and glass work used within the structure of their pieces.

The Microscope I by Baroncelli

Timepiece I by Baroncelli

When approaching the brief for this creative project, Corrado looked to his passion for art history for inspiration and to 16th century artist Piranesi, famous for his etchings of the city and of his atmospheric imaginary interior ‘prisons’, Carceri d’Invenzione.

‘Roma Phantasma’ by Baroncelli at The House of Peroni

Taking Piranesi as a point of inspiration and drawing on the design studio’s extensive expertise in working with a variety of materials and processes, Corrado’s vision has led to the creation of ‘Roma Phantasma’. Handmade to the highest quality of craftsmanship and engineering; glass, satin gold metal, cristallo rods and LED light interplay with the etchings to create a striking, dramatic and alternative view of Rome, a fantastical Rome visitors can construct in their mind and travel to.

‘Roma Phantasma’ by Baroncelli at The House of Peroni

The House of Peroni is open to visit and free of charge to all 18+ until the end of the month. The limited edition sculptural mechanisms showcased within the House will be available to purchase POA from Baroncelli from October 31st 2014.

Milan Moments

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Liz

Our Editor has returned from Milan suitably tired but with multiple stories, contacts, photos, bundles of press kits and of course feeling hugely inspired by the gorgeous and innovative designs exhibited this year. It’s impossible not to feel slightly overwhelmed with appreciation for such varied and widespread talent! Of course I could ramble on about the brilliance of the furniture, accessories and lighting we’ve seen for hours, but as they say, a picture paints a thousand words and so here are some 20,000 on the highlights of Salone del Mobile. First up, some of our Editor’s personal photos during her busy week.

Moooi’s ‘Unexpected Welcome’ at Via Savona 56

Inga Sempé’s Ruché armchair for Ligne Roset at France Design by VIA

North Light Series by Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau for e15

Exploring EDIT by designjunction

Ed Richardson, Founder of Modus in their Lily Chair designed by Michael Sodeau

Happy crowds discussing design over Prosecco in the courtyard at EDIT by designjunction

Moooi’s ‘Unexpected Welcome’ at Via Savona 56

Canvas Chair by YOY for Innermost at EDIT by designjunction, also featured in a previous blog here

Grillage Chair by Francois Azambourg for Ligne Roset at France Design by VIA

Lampyridae Lamp Series by Monica Correia at EDIT by designjunction

Onto our top product picks. Having delved through an array of intriguing press kits, which also ended up in us painting our nails ‘Knoll Red’ (a great shade if you’re interested!), the team at WIN have chosen just a small selection of our favourite designs from Milan. The trends tend towards simple, clean lines, pops of bright colour, bringing outdoor furniture indoors and vice versa, and use of playful prints and patterns. Definitely perfect for the approaching summer months!

SwingMe and SwingUs, Outdoor Floating Living Room Collection by Daniel Pouzet for DEDON

Taffeta Sofa by Alvin Tjitrowirjo for Moooi

The Washington Collection by David Adjaye for Knoll, his first furniture collection. Photo by Dorothy Hong

Foundry Floor Lamp by Nat Cheshire for Resident

Patch di Fiammati collection by Missoni Home

Babel drinks cabinet by Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona Frau

Phoenix Kitchen by CR&S Varenna for Poliform

Bassotti Sideboards by Marcel Wanders for Moooi

Poke stool by Kyuhyung Cho for Innermost

Hope you enjoy these images and products as much as we do! We’re also looking forward to being similarly inspired by the entries into the Lighting Projects, Lighting Products, Furniture and Interior Accessories Categories of our World Interiors News Awards 2014. There’s just six weeks left before our close, so if you’d like to enter or just want some more information about the Awards, just email!

One Cool Dude!

Posted on April 3, 2014 by Liz

Now I must admit, Markus Johansson is a favourite of the WIN team – I’m often receiving emails from my Editor and various colleagues about his latest products and with good reason. The Swedish designer has been making waves in the design world since graduating from HDK in 2011, collaborating with both Swedish and international companies. He also owns the Markus Johansson Design Studio, his latest piece being one of his own projects.

Hello Dude, Mark Johansson

Hello Dude is a lamp, an extremely fun lamp at that. Not only is it fun, it is practical. Johansson says that he ‘got fascinated with the idea of a large screw which will let you regulate the light, either flood your space or dim it’. The large screw became a little dude with a cap. Replacing the dude’s head with a light means that when he raises his cap, this light shines through the room he’s in. He can also provide softer lighting, just screw his cap back down.

Hello Dude, Mark Johansson

If the cap is askew, the light goes where the dude looks. This gives the dude his character, with changed expressions he provides transformed luminosities. He’s also extremely accommodating with no fixed construction; by positioning his cap the user is able to regulate both the intensity of the light and its direction. The cap can be turned up and down and set in various angles with a multi-axis arm that revolves around a ball. Smart, simple and cool. Hence why he’s such a dude!

Hello Dude, Mark Johansson

The lamp is made from a hard and durable material akin to steel and glass and comes lacquered in three different colours: black, a greyish brown and a pastel yellow. I can definitely see these little guys lighting up bedrooms, cheering up office desks and animating entranceways. Check out this and Johansson’s other pieces at Salone del Mobile Milano next week, WIN will hopefully see you there!

Paper Productions

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Liz

Pia Wüstenberg is a German born designer, who studied in the UK before moving to Finland to set up her studio piadesign. It is here that she began to explore self-production using local crafts skills. She has since returned to the UK and has continued in her explorations with international clients and brands, through collaborations and also ‘Utopia & Utility’, the design and manufacturing company set up by Pia and her brother Moritz.

Samples, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

Paper Productions  is a collection of handcrafted lights created by artisans in Ahmedabad, India and the outcome of one of Pia’s collaborative development projects. On invite from House of MG, a hotel and lifestyle company in Ahmedabad, Pia spent six weeks working at the Khalamkush Paper Factory in India. The factory uses traditional paper making techniques, making its own paper pulp from cotton rags. In this way it is completely self-sufficient, both from the material making to the pressing and processing of the finished paper sheets.

Gunghat Light Cluster, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

To create the Paper Productions lights, paper was draped and moulded onto various objects, many sourced from the vibrant old market in Ahmedabad. This includes balloons and funnels, creating different lamp shapes, all extremely delicate and lightweight. Some have an additional wire ornament, others are simply comprised of the paper shade, equipped with a small LED light.

Paper Making Station with Vaishali and Dimple, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

The lights combine in clusters, creating a beautiful effect akin to that of jellyfish swimming underwater. There is beauty in their soft and graceful positioning and in the way they have been produced, and these are two key elements in Pia’s designs. She reinvents the use of materials, creating an object that stands for its present use but also the history behind its making. Pia believes that: “The contrast and overlap of these stories make up the life of the object, and are valued equally.”

Ful Light Cluster, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

Paper Productions is not just a beautiful collection of lights, it tells a story of the tradition of paper making and the people in Ahmedabad. It will also continue to be made by the artisans Pia worked with and so it is important that the project is shared with a wider audience to promote their skills and provide continuing work. It will be showing at the Kraft Work Exhibition at the Aram Gallery in London and for WIN’s international readers and Pia’s other collections will also be shown at Design Shanghai and at EDIT by designjunction in Milan. We highly recommend going along, or just reading more about Pia’s brilliant work!

Ful Light Cluster, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

What flavour scoop?

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Liz

Eikon Shell White. Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen.

Hello! How are you? It’s nice to meet Niklas Jessen and Julia Mülling, the driving forces behind design brand Schneid. Founded in 2010 by Jessen, a trained carpenter and architect, and joined by Mülling in 2012, whose focus lies in photography, illustration and design, Schneid have developed a variety of lighting products with a strong focus on ecology, locality, innovation and fairness towards their people and environment. The brand stands for the Scandinavian way of thinking, designing with formal purity, functionality and a minimalist approach.

Eikon Basic Ice Blue Fade, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

The Eikon lamp is a perfect example of this methodology, combining an industrial style with Scandinavian product tradition. Material arrangement is key to manage this balancing act, which can be seen through the use of wood and metal in the Eikon. The socket of the lamp constitutes its base, surrounded by ash, oak or bamboo wood. The textile cables and metal shade – attached with magnets – are available in a range of colours. This shade is removable and interchangeable, allowing for various installations and colour combinations, another versatile mix and match style product – we like these!

Eikon Shell Yellow, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

There are now varying models to play with too! The new “Basic” model is wider and appears more straightforward in its design. Accordingly, “Shell”, available in white, ice blue and bright yellow, lets the living space shine even brighter. “Shell” and “Basic” can be interchanged, making the Eikon even more versatile in terms of design and function.

Eikon Bubble Bamboo Coral Orange, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

Eikon “Bubble” is a silicone lampshade that is poured into an extraordinary shape. With its translucent visual appearance, it brings new aesthetic features to the lamp. Touching the soft and flexible shade will reveal the optical illusion that is initially created by the glass-like material.

Eikon Basic Coral Red Fade, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

The Eikon is a truly delicious product – excuse the pun, it does look like an ice cream to me! With a wooden cone and multiple pastel “flavours”, staring at the varying shades and colour combinations, it’s harder to decide which I prefer than what tasty scoop I would have from my local gelato parlour. Schneid have got it right, young entrepreneurial spirit combined with a lot of courage that will see their designs go far in the market – courage that can even be seen in their name (schneid haben is a German expression for “being bold”). The WIN team hope they continue to be bold and that we continue to see it in fun and innovative products!

Eikon Selection, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

From Paris to Tokyo

Posted on December 19, 2013 by Megan

Diptyque, a textiles company founded by Christiane Montadre-Gautrot, Desmond Knox-Leet and Yves Coueslant, is the product of a shared dream: a boutique textile outlet combining their artistic collaborations, inventiveness and creativity.

In the early 1960s, 34 Saint Germain des Prés was a prestigious address; a hub for Parisians in search of creativity and new ideas. The shop had two windows, like a diptych, giving the boutique its name. Originally designers of beautiful cotton fabrics with striking patterns, these three arty friends also loved traditional or unusual objects, which they sought out all over the world. Very quickly, Diptyque became a “chic bazaar” that people flocked to in search of a departure from the norm.

Two years later, in 1963, the designers built upon the boutique’s unique ambience with the introduction of three scented candles. The scents of Thé, Cannelle and Aubépine, (Tea, Cinnamon and Hawthorn) helped the company establish itself as a leading name in the world of pure, natural fragrances.

Today the brand has a stronger industry presence than ever, including a store in Tokyo’s Aoyama district, where alternative, eclectic style is welcome.  In its Tokyo home, the Parisian spirit of Saint Germain pervades, but Diptyque has also been reinvented for the Japanese market. The ethos behind the company’s success, however, remains: rigorous selection of raw materials and the desire to learn, discover and reinvent. The designers continue to deliver ranges and collections which evoke a subtle blend of elegance and simplicity, just as they did in the early 1960s.

A combination of stone, wood, tatami, brass and warm colours give the Aoyama shop interior a friendly, intimate atmosphere, blending wood with flamboyant shades and bright essences. 550 candles form a tree trunk, acting as a shrine to fragrance. Dyptyque fabrics, in varying and unusual colour blends, form the backdrop to the iconic 34 Boulevard Saint Germain range, encapsulating the history and the spirit of the old Parisian days.

Amongst the collection are two limited edition lanterns designed by José Lévy, sealing the relationship between Paris and Tokyo. Levy worked with Japanese artisans to understand their relationship to light and produced an installation of a bed of 50 Diptyque candles for the city’s first night-time festival. Inspired by the gardens in each city, he proceeded to design two lanterns entitled “Tokyo” and “Paris”. Through their differing scents, each suggest elements of their respective city.

Aesthetically the lanterns are simple and contemporary, with a cream backdrop and clean black lines, making them a stylish accessory for any interior – they’re certainly on our Christmas Wish-list!

For more information about Diptyque and their ranges, visit