Euroluce, Milan, April 2015

The lighting industry isn’t able to rest on its laurels. Just when you think it might have time to catch its breath, a development in technology pushes it even further forward. Evidence of this was everywhere at Euroluce, the biannual lighting exhibition that runs in conjunction with Salone del Mobile and brings together the world's biggest, boldest and brightest lighting luminaries.

Czech brand Lasvit wowed the crowds with Supernova by Petra Krausova, an 'interactive kinetic installation' that responds to arm movements by changing its form (check out the you tube clip below). Meanwhile, Argentinian designer Francisco Gomez Paz presented Mesh for Luceplan, a chandelier that integrates LEDs into a network of cables and is controlled by an app.

At Flos and Kartell, designers were launching cordless lamps thanks to advances in battery technology. Could unsightly lighting cables go the way of the traditional light bulb? Very possibly, says French designer Philippe Starck. He launched the cordless Ether table lamp for Flos, while Ferruccio Laviani introduced coloured versions of his LED Battery lamp for Kartell.

Elsewhere, Foscarini put on a dazzling show with a collaborative collection between Italian studio Nichetto and Japanese studio Nendo, while designer Daniel Rybakken put a fresh spin on the traditional chandelier for Luceplan. Playful propositions were on show at Ingo Maurer, My favourite was the Bastardo lamp, rocking what looks like a punk-rocker hairdo!

Scroll on to see my selection of the hottest launches from the world’s leading lighting brands. Look out for Part 2 next week.

Have a wonderful week.

Mary

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Philippe Starck’s Ether collection for Flos includes a small table lamp fitted with a dimmer and a micro USB rechargeable battery

www.flos.com

Ferruccio Laviani introduced coloured versions of his LED Battery lamp for Kartell, which can be recharged via a USB cable and boasts a battery life of six hours.

www.kartell.com

Marset's rechargeable FollowMe lamp by Inma Bermúdez is completely portable thanks to a handy wooden handle.

www.marset.com

Kurage by Nichetto and Nendo for Foscarini features slim ash-wood legs with a natural finish and a diffuser in lightweight Japanese washi paper. The light source support is made of ceramic.

www.foscarini.com

Supernova by Petra Krausova for Lasvit.

www.lasvit.com

Mesh by Francisco Gomez Paz for Luceplan comprises 132 LEDs integrated into a network of 24 metal cables, each conceived as an independent light source.

www.luceplan.com

Ross Lovegrove’s Chlorophilia pendant lamp for Artemide.

www.artemide.com

Polair by Flynn Talbot for Fabbian.

www.fabbian.com

Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken was inspired by traditional chandeliers when creating his contemporary Stochastic light for Luceplan.

www.luceplan.com

Pablo by Davide Groppi is a frameless luminous panel that leans against the wall and looks very much like a piece of art.

www.davidegroppi.com

Arik Levy has integrated lighting into a partitioning system to create a ‘lighting experience’ rather than a traditional light fitting for Vibia.

www.vibia.com