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Surface Spotlight: Innovation Central

27/06/2016 12:03:19

It’s that time of year when we become immersed in the many design events happening across the globe showcasing creative innovations. To celebrate new ideas and talent this issue of Surface Spotlight gives a sneak preview on a variety of new surface and lighting solutions set to inspire the latest interior and exterior trends. Sally Angharad reports.

Irregular walls: modular tiles convert research and data into unique 3D surfaces

Roberto Maurizio Paura

Elnur Babyev

Fernanda Marques Architecture and Design Studio

A mathematical approach to three-dimensional surfaces sees designers produce wall tiles that create irregular patterns for walls. BlobHertz Coating by Roberto Maurizio Paura is an award-winning product that translates sound waves into textures. Using a non-Newtonian fluid to record the surface deformations of a chosen soundtrack, users can “touch the sound”. Angular edges and shapes are also opening up new possibilities for tiles and creating endless patterns. Polee by Elnur Babayev is designed to hide the borders between individual elements by using triangular endings rather then a straight edge while basic angular concrete components by Fernanda Marques Architecture and Design Studio can be fit together in numerous ways to offer customisation.

A 2D object in a 3D space: Inarchi’s three-pointed sculptural wall lamp is backlit with LEDs

Lighting manufacturer Inarchi has won the Red Dot Award 2016 for lighting design with its latest interior wall luminaire. Exploring the illusion of space the hexagonal design is made of white-coated steel while the LEDs on the inner side use the wall to reflect light into the room. The contrast of light and shadow creates a sculptural appearance playing with the perception of the room and adding depth. The design can be arranged as a single lamp or in a group, with its three-pointed shape allowing for a variety of a striking composition and unique arrangements.

Surface Refinement: carbon is embroidered with metal thread by Legionaer

Legionaer Design 

Legionaer Design have succeeded, as the first enterprise worldwide, to intertwine metal yarns into carbon fibre fabric. Leading the way in the premium segment of fibre composite technology Legionaer develops the ultimate stylish surface refinement, with excellent mechanical features. Carbon is a robust and light material, which is enhanced in this design by metal thread embroidered into the surface. Suitable for interior products this embellished material comes to life when light hits the surface creating the ultimate shine and textural depth.

Process driven: surface designer Katie Gillies explores simplicity, clarity order and truth

Katie Gillies

Inspired by Modernist architecture of the 20th and 21st century Katie Gillies focuses on form and structure to inspire her contemporary surfaces. Combining new materials and modern technology she sets out to make material innovations that are process driven. Exploring simplicity, clarity, order and truth these four chapters inform the layers of her designs, with techniques such as sanding and shot blasting defining the shapes and patterns. Working mainly with Jesmonite and its various types Gillies mixes in other compounds, materials and pigments to create bespoke surfaces for interiors and products. 

Emotions for architecture: outdoor lighting by SIMES aims to create visual comfort

SIMES have collaborated with two designers to create comforting outdoor solutions that fuse light and architecture in a natural way. Striving to create emotions for architecture, Ghost is an accent light for concrete facades designed by Marc Sadler. The light blade is installed into a recess in the concrete that disguises the light source and makes it invisible when switched off. Look Wood is a LED outdoor light device that achieves a glare-free illumination of a building’s surroundings. Using wood teak for warmth and the minimalist lines of aluminium this compact luminaire, directed by Italian designer Matteo Thun, casts a soft light below with a sense of elegance.


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