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Milan 2022 | Lighting Highlights from 5VIE | News


Melbourne-based lighting manufacturer Volker Haug Studio explored different brass variations in a new light series entitled ‘und Messing’ (meaning ‘and Brass’ in German). Two years in the making, each uniquely-shaped piece shows the hand of its maker, speaking to the meticulous processes behind the finished forms.

Sydney-based product designer Tom Fereday’s ‘Port Light’ exhibition celebrated the refractive properties of cast crystal glass in the form of an experimental table and wall light collection. Handmade in Australia, each glowing sculptural form can be reversed simply by flipping its glass body, presenting an evolving spectrum of mood and light.

Stay tuned for more Milan 2022 highlights in est Magazine issue #45, released July 1.



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Nine to Know | Architectural Bathroom Lighting | Design Products


When est spoke with Viabizzuno founder and creative director Mario Nanni, he said light is a fundamental part of architecture, so it’s essential to design the right light. “My lighting solutions are not the result of market research nor a fleeting trend; my ambition is to resolve specific design situations and meet each necessity.” In this Nine to Know, we explore architectural lighting’s role in the bathroom through nine examples that follow Mario Nanni’s philosophy.

To ensure compliance with Australian standards and adherence to IP ratings and zoning requirements in the bathroom, est recommends consulting a design professional and an authorised electrician.

This feature originally appeared in est magazine issue #42



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Moooi Lighting | Space Furniture


Architect David Neil’s recent renovation of a 1980s Melbourne house by architect Max May, owned by builder Neil McLennan, included three Non-Random pendant lights – two in black and one in white combine with function. Located above the dining table set within a double-height void, they add a sculptural quality to the open plan living spaces. “They’re the first thing you notice when you walk into the space, accentuating the dramatic ceiling heights,” David says, who, like Neil, wasn’t after lighting that emitted too strong a light. “This house is extremely light,” Neil says, pointing out the generous glazing that formed part of May’s original design. “I love the quality of the light these pendants provide and their distinctive shape,” he adds.



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Nine to Know | Outdoor Lighting | Design Products


While we associate natural light with the outdoors, outdoor lighting creates the opportunity to experience spaces such as a courtyard or alfresco area when the sun does down. Also providing safe access to our homes, outdoor lighting’s functional purpose, durability, and aesthetic deserve equal consideration.

Australian architectural and technical lighting frontrunners Euroluce set the standard for what can be achieved when illuminating our outdoor areas. Flos is a renowned outdoor lighting brand retailed at Euroluce, which seek to reflect the same calibre and quality as what you’ll find indoors. For their outdoor range, Flos has collaborated with some of the world’s most acclaimed architects and designers such as Pierro Lissoni, Michael Anastassiades and Vincent Van Duysen.

Fundamentally, Flos follow a philosophy of ‘human-centred’ lighting design, which sees them challenge the status quo on technology and question how lighting can enhance physical and emotional wellbeing. Equally, sustainability goes hand-in-hand with their approach, selecting materials and following processes that minimise environmental impact.

In this feature we’re focusing on standout examples from nine different categories of outdoor lighting available at Euroluce, primarily by Flos; inground, floor, table, wall-recessed, wall surface, bollards, ceiling, projectors and pole tops.

Produced in partnership with Euroluce



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Everything you need to know about lighting your bathroom

Everything you need to know about lighting your bathroom


If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from building and renovating, it’s that you can’t underestimate the impact of great lighting. Skimp on lighting and generally the results speak for themselves… or take the time to develop a well-considered lighting plan early and create a space that looks and feels architectural.

Today we have lighting expert James Nagel with us to share everything you need to know about lighting your bathroom. James is a qualified Illumination Designer with over 15 years experience and founder of lighting specification company Luxygen.

Related article: What height to hang pendant lights?
Related article: Trend alert: Basket pendant lights and where to shop our faves

Function first

Other than general lighting, the most important function of lighting in a bathroom is to light your face. Especially when using the vanity mirror. Whether it’s to shave or put on makeup, during these sorts of tasks is where you need your lighting to work for you. The rest of the lighting in your bathroom is considered general or creative mood lighting.

There are many ways you can create functional light at the vanity, including:

  • mirror with light ring
  • wall lights above or to the one or both sides of the mirror
  • pendant lights on one or both sides of the mirror.

Whichever lighting solution you choose, just remember you want to create light that hits the face. Avoid creating directional shadows. So while a downlight directly above a mirror may look nice, it can create an issue with casting downward shadows on the face. Likewise, backlit mirrors look beautiful but they aren’t great at throwing light onto your face so often supplementary lighting is required.

Keep reading further for ideas on how you can create accent lighting in your bathroom.

The future trends in bathroom lighting

Like all things design, lighting goes through trends. You can give your bathroom a design-forward look by embracing some of these future trends in bathroom lighting.

1. New ways to use LED strip lighting

For many years we saw people use LED strip lighting in similar places: below the vanity, below the shaving cabinet and in wall niches. Now we’re seeing more creative uses of LED strip lights.

As strip lights are now available in such a small size, they can be used in places that weren’t previously possible. For example, James says LED strip lights can be used just underneath the stone on a vanity, i.e. in the shadow line.

Another clever way of using LED strip lighting is to run a thin strip down the side of your mirror. With a simple Perspex cover this becomes virtually hidden and creates a diffuse light to light the face.

Generally mirrors have lights incorporated into them. They provide the diffuse light required to light the face without shadowing problems.

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2. Clean ceilings

James says there’s been a move away from standard downlights and traditional styles of lighting. People are favouring clean ceilings in the bathroom — the lack of obstruction creates a much sleeker look.

“A dropped ceiling with an LED strip box is very in,” explains James, “particularly in commercial applications and offers just as much light as downlights. An even more design-forward idea is to use strip lighting along one edge of the ceiling and down one wall.”

Tastics are a functional must-have for most people but you don’t need to go with a bulky design. James says newer models, such as the Tastic Neo, offer the same functionality in virtually flat profiles — keeping the clean line of your ceiling.

3. Less is more

James says one of the most common lighting mistakes he sees in bathrooms is that it’s often overdone. You don’t need to add feature lighting in every possible spot. Decide what statement you want to make and do that.

A tip of what light you should include is a night light on a sensor so during those unexpected night trips to the bathroom you’re not having to turn on the overhead lighting. A simple low-level night light is also enough.

Getting technical

Can I install a 240V light fitting in a bathroom?

You sometimes hear electricians advise that low voltage lights must be used in the bathroom and it isn’t until you shop for low voltage lights that you realise there isn’t much choice on the market.

James says if a light is inside the protected zones then it will need to be either low voltage, IP X4 rated or double insulated.

A standard fitting can be installed, provided it is outside of the zones deemed unsafe. Your builder, lighting designer or installing electrician will be able to provide you with zone category areas and advise where you can install.

Warm or cool (lamp colour temperature)?

There’s no right or wrong rule when it comes to selecting warm or cool LEDs as it comes down to personal preference… but James generally prefers warm LEDs and so do we! Cool LEDs can make spaces feel clinical.

Our tip is to use a warmer colour temperature as it’s ideal for creating a more inviting feeling.

The other thing that isn’t spoken about much is colour rendering. This is how colours appear under the light. James says most LEDs are very good with blue, green and yellow colours but reds are often poorly represented. He suggests looking for ‘high colour rendering LEDs’ as these may have better rendering properties in the red tones and will help make items appear closer to their true natural colour — particularly important in the bathroom for getting skin tones represented right.

What height to hang lights

James says this really depends on the light, your space (ceiling heights and scale of bathroom) and your overall design — what’s important is that the light is hitting where it’s needed. So wall sconces by the vanity should be placed at a height where the light will illuminate the face best.

You may like to check out this article about what height to hang pendant lights for more advice.

Do you have any other questions about lighting in the bathroom? Pop them in the comments below and we’ll get James to answer them!

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This article was first published in January 2019 and continues to be updated with the latest information and images.



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Nine to Know | Architectural Outdoor Lighting | Design Products


While we associate natural light with the outdoors, outdoor lighting creates the opportunity to experience spaces such as a courtyard or alfresco area when the sun does down. Also providing safe access to our homes, outdoor lighting’s functional purpose, durability, and aesthetic deserve equal consideration.

Australian architectural and technical lighting frontrunners Euroluce set the standard for what can be achieved when illuminating our outdoor areas. Flos is a renowned outdoor lighting brand retailed at Euroluce, which seek to reflect the same calibre and quality as what you’ll find indoors. For their outdoor range, Flos has collaborated with some of the world’s most acclaimed architects and designers such as Pierro Lissoni, Michael Anastassiades and Vincent Van Duysen.

Fundamentally, Flos follow a philosophy of ‘human-centred’ lighting design, which sees them challenge the status quo on technology and question how lighting can enhance physical and emotional wellbeing. Equally, sustainability goes hand-in-hand with their approach, selecting materials and following processes that minimise environmental impact.

In this feature we’re focusing on standout examples from nine different categories of outdoor lighting available at Euroluce, primarily by Flos; inground, floor, table, wall-recessed, wall surface, bollards, ceiling, projectors and pole tops.

Produced in partnership with Euroluce



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Elevating Living Spaces | Lighting | Accessories | Textiles


Accessories

Fiona believes no interior story is ever really finished. “As we evolve, our spaces change with us. Home accessories offer a beautiful way to honour stories over time,” Fiona reflects. This is why she says Spence & Lyda has always invested in the pursuit of pieces that showcase outstanding craftsmanship, beauty and meaning.

As accessories are deeply personal pieces, Fiona suggests considering your daily rituals and elevating them with items that bring sensory pleasure. “For this reason, I always recommend tableware that is beautiful to the eyes and to the touch,” she says. “I love vases that serve as both a sculpture or a vessel for your blooms supply,” she adds. Conversely, Fiona believes there is immense value in non-functional accessories; art and decorative items for pure aesthetic delight.



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In Conversation with Lighting Designer Michael Anastassiades


Creative Michael Anastassiades was already gaining momentum in the design community when he was awarded Maison&Objet Designer of the Year in 2020. With an unconventional career spanning more than 20 years, Michael’s practice encompasses product design, spatial and experimental works and lighting.

Drawing inspiration from nature to archaic references of his native Cyprus, art and everyday life, Michael transforms his inspiration into a timeless dialogue of form and structure. His lighting is often described as a balancing act between fine art, design and mathematical precision.

His unique interpretation of geometric minimalism, innovation and artisanal honesty earned him a ‘spotlight moment’ in 2011 after his studio presented designs at the Salone del Mobile in Milan and caught the attention of Piero Gandini then-CEO of prolific Italian lighting brand Flos. Forging the beginning of a creative collaboration that has endured for more than a decade and delivered cult classic designs including the String Lights, Copycat and the IC Lights, Michael’s latest collection titled ‘Coordinates’ with Flos is destined for good things.

Speaking exclusively with est from his studio in North London,  Michael talks through his design evolution, process, the inspiration behind his latest collection, and long-standing partnership with Flos.

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A Cosy Outdoor Oasis Gets a String Lighting Update

A Cosy Outdoor Oasis Gets a String Lighting Update


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They say the best things come to those who wait. I was thinking about this the other day, and asked Per: 'do you think we'd appreciate the Swedish summer as much, if the winter wasn't so harsh'? The truth is, I don't think we would. There's something about the plants and flowers bursting into life after lying dormant and the warm sunshine on your skin after months of covering up. I know I'm not alone - the joy on my Nordic friends' faces when the good weather arrives is palpable. And we don't want to waste a second of it!

Life moves outside - and our garden becomes our home. One of my favourite places to hang out, is under the honeysuckle at our friends the Wilsons (a family of Brits who moved to Malmö from Australia a few years back). Think comfy seating, cosy blankets and the sweet scent of honeysuckle. All that was missing was the lighting.

Lighting is often neglected or added as an impromptu afterthought in an outdoor space, but it's equally as important as indoor lighting. Get it right and you can accentuate your favourite features as well as create a cosy oasis after sunset. 

They are handmade in the Pernille Bülow atelier on the Danish island of Bornholm and every piece is mouth blown from recycled waste glass (look closely and you'll see the beautiful bubbles!). 

Also, the chains, which are made up of 9 lights and 3 metres long, can be linked together so you only need one power outlet (power sources are a challenge in most outdoor spaces so this is really handy).  

And best of all, they emit a lovely warm glow! 

Sarah has added a load of other lovely touches under her lean-to - such as a mirror. In the right place, mirrors can help accentuate favourite elements, reflect light and other plants and flowers as well as visually extend small spaces. Perfect!

If you live in a country where it gets a bit chilly at night - lighting candles and keeping a basket of blankets at hand are a perfect way to stay toasty and prolong the evening! 

Such a pretty spot, don't you think? 

I think I might just hang out here all summer. I hope the Wilsons don't mind.

In case you're curious about other items, the ReUse collection is constantly growing and currently includes a lamp, drinking glasses and jugs as well as a number of other lovely pieces (seen in my home here) - all designed to use as much waste glass as possible. 

As always, pleased do give me a shout in the comment section below if you've got any questions about anything in these pics!

Har det så bra! 

Niki

Photography by me - styling with the help of the entire Wilson clan! 

*This post is a paid partnership with Pernille Bülow. However, all words and images are my own and I only ever work with brands I absolutely love and think you will too! Thank you for supporting the small Nordic businesses and ateliers that make My Scandinavian Home possible.


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3 New lamps At Home from Hudson Valley Lighting

3 New lamps At Home from Hudson Valley Lighting


MSH partnership, all words are my own: 

Everyone has a 'thing' when it comes to the home, don't you think? For some it's chairs, for others it might be rugs, or smaller items such as books, art and plants. What's yours? I love all these pieces, but for me, it has to be lighting! I love the way it can be used to create an atmosphere. I appreciate how it's vital for practical tasks such as cooking or reading. And I'm inspired by the way it can be used to highlight the things you love - and hide the things you don't! You also can never really have enough lighting in a home (especially in wintertime), so I'm always on the lookout for something new. 

Recently, I added three shiny new lamps to our living space - courtesy of Hudson Valley Lighting Group. You might recognise the name from the wall sconce in my sitting room. The international brand sells hundreds of lamps, offering everything from pendants to outdoor wall sconces, all with exceptional quality. I'm excited to share the ones I've chosen this time, they've certainly brightened up some dark corners of our house and cottage! I hope you'll feel inspired / get some ideas for your own home too! 

New lighting at the Cottage


Last time we were up at the cottage we installed the Barron lamp in aged brass over the sink. I felt immediately drawn to it since it's inspired by the work of mid-century Danish architects who reduced the glare from electric lighting by applying layers and curved shades. The result is a soft, diffused glow, that immediately feels warm and cosy - or as the Danes would say hyggelig

In Scandinavia, people love to place lighting in the window since it gives off a warm and inviting feel - which is why I chose this position over the sink. But I could also see it hanging in the corner of a room, or next to a sofa (I have a feeling this one might get moved around quite a lot!). But for now, there'll be a lovely light shining from our cottage kitchen window! 

New Lighting in our Home Hallway



A few months ago I shared my latest hallway update, but we were still missing lighting (cue: guests fumbling around in the dark for their jackets and kids emptying the entire content of the wardrobe to find a tennis racket... that sort of thing!). Needless to say, good lighting in the hallway is key, especially on darker days and nights. We were lucky enough to have the power source already, so all that was needed was the actual fixture! 

I decided on the Estee semi-flush by Mitzi. It's actually available in two colours: polished nickel or aged brass - but you know me, I love a brass look! Usually Per helps me out when it comes to DIY, but actually I did most of the installation myself, it was surprisingly simple (the round glass pendants just screw into place). Admittedly I was wise enough not to attempt the wiring though - being a Physics teacher, that's definitely Per's area! 

I can't tell you what a huge difference this lighting makes to our hallway - it looks way smarter than before, and the Estee emits a great light - which can also be dimmed down with the right switch if you want to make your hall / sitting room / dining area more cosy. Love that! 
If you're curious about this piece, you might be interested to know that there's also a 6-arm version, which would be perfect for bigger spaces. 


I recently installed a mirror and hooks in the narrow section of our hallway (more details here) - which have been great for bouncing around light and also providing space for a (daily) overflow of coats, bags, hats etc. But I really wanted to add some interesting lighting to the area - and the Angela in aged brass by Mitzi fit the bill perfectly. 

I was pleasantly surprised by the weight (it's quite substantial which makes it feel really high quality!). I also love the cable - which is why I decided to hang it this way using a hook - some cables are designed to shine! 

It has a really cosy feel to it when switched on (especially if you use a dimmer switch like I have). Placed next to a mirror, the reflection immediately doubles the light source too, which brightens up this little corner of our home after dark! 


Next step... the hallway tiles - but that's a subject for another day! 

For now, we'll be enjoying the fact that we can actually see something when we arrive home or about to leave! 

Did you have a favourite lamp among these? Or perhaps you're after something different? If so, you can discover the full range of Hudson Valley Lighting Group lighting here

Niki

Photography: Niki Brantmark (and my kids - where I feature!)

Cottage kitchen Styling: Niki Brantmark

*This is a paid post in collaboration with Hudson Valley Lighting Group, however, all words are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too. Thank you for supporting the businesses that make My Scandinavian Home possible. 



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