Surface Spotlight: Light & Stone
Materials and surfaces play a wonderful role in our experience with our surroundings, where both classic and innovative aesthetics continue to inspire new directions.
Surface Design Show will once again be hosting Stone Gallery and Light School in its on-going mission to build relationships between all aspects of surface design. To celebrate the significance of these sectors this edition of Surface Spotlight focuses on advances in lighting and the importance of natural stone for today’s architects and designers. Sally Angharad reports.
Biological light: human-centric technology by Luctra enhances wellbeing and productivity
Luctra, the human-centric lighting brand from DURABLE, has recently been awarded the German Design Award 2017 Gold for the design of its biological artificial light. As we spend the majority of time indoors the Luctra lamps offer users the opportunity to adapt working light precisely to their personal needs and daily routine. Products from the range have been installed in hotels and universities due to their adjustability and ease of use. The colour temperature can be changed from cold white to warm white to suit personal preferences and environmental conditions. Despite the technological complexity the lamps have a minimalist look and are operated by simply placing your finger on the glass touch panel.
Natural colour: blue tones of marble inspire new colour directions for hospitality interiors
Fontanili Marble UK / fontanilimarbleuk.com / Stand 608
The colour blue within interiors has been appearing more and more throughout 2016, from wallcoverings to upholstery and now even in the specification of marble. Fontanili Marble UK supplies Italian marble to clients worldwide and has noticed a particular rise in requests for blue toned materials, especially within the hospitality sector. This beautiful marble from Italy can be polished or honed to create a luxurious look with shades of blue contrasting the warmer layers within the natural stone. Palissandro Bluette has been used alongside Crevola Fiorito and Nuvolato in the Hilton Hotel, Shenzen and Hilton Hotel, France, creating eye-catching surfaces on floors and walls. The durability of the material means it can also be used for bathrooms walls, floors and spa interiors.
LED surfaces: Lighthole challenges traditional concepts with a new integral lighting system
Lighthole / lighthole.it
Transforming how we think of luminaires Lighthole has launched Natura, its new range of laser cut surfaces that work as light diffusers. The Lighthole technology solves the problem of glare without losing light efficiency by using highly transparent plastic plates. The integral lighting system uses LEDs positioned on the on the edge of thin sheets of plastic material, emitting light through each layer’s patterned holes. The multiple through-holes scattered across the whole surface make the light extremely widespread while at the same time conserving energy and eliminating any dazzle. The new idea integral lighting system is applicable to any form, size and design and can be provided with dimmable light.
The Stone Consultants: “Managing your stone surfaces form refurbishment to replacement”
Stone Consultants / stoneconsultants.co.uk / Stand P2
The Stone Consultants is a service that uses years of experience to help architects and designers specify the correct stone for their project. Currently they are advising on the refurbishment of the Hotel Russell, London, ensuring materials selected, from old to brand new, comply with the latest Building Regulations. The entrance hall is full of beautiful solid marble arches, columns and wall cladding in stones now rare to the market. The consultancy is also offering expert advice on the Centre Point Tower, a sixties tower block in London unoccupied for years and now being turned into luxury apartments featuring new replica sixties pattern floors, from exclusive French marble. The Stone Consultants is a member of the Stone Federation of Great Britain and the British Standards Institute.
Connected spaces: Xicato launches XIM Gen4 smart lighting module with wireless communication
Xicato / xicato.com
Xicato, an established manufacturer and thought leader in connected light sources has recently unveiled the new XIM Gen4, its fourth generation intelligent lighting module. This new module is causing quite a stir in the market with its Bluetooth Low Energy wireless communication, beacon capability and fully featured light control integrated into a single product. "By removing the wires from lighting control, it is now feasible to design, install and commission a fully featured system at much lower initial cost,” says Menko de Roos, CEO at Xicato. The modules can operate without a centralised controller, allowing more places to now consider upgrading to controlled lighting by simply replacing the light fixtures.
Colour forecaster Sally Angharad will be curating Surface Spotlight Live for Surface Design Show 2017, presenting the most innovative materials for Education & Hospitality spaces before they hit the market. Register to attend here.