Stunning Lighting Options for Both Intimate and Social Ambiences
Another festive season is over and it’s time to relax, sink into a snug armchair with a riveting book and a glass of the finest Ribera, and enjoy some tranquil time away from the social hustle and bustle
That also means making sure the right mood is set, a cosy ambience with ample but unobtrusive lighting – which also makes a statement if friends or family drop by.
In modern home design, and even in more traditional décors that have been revamped for contemporary lifestyles, lighting is now a key focal point of any room. From functional models in kitchens and bathrooms to cutting-edge, almost sculptural pieces in living rooms and outdoor entertaining areas – and subtle, soothing shades in bedrooms – it is important to achieve the right blend of ceiling, wall and floor illumination, in all shapes, sizes and colours.
Here we look at some of the latest options, all offering a distinctive touch and tone…
For homeowners wanting to create a multi-functional lighting system, the design of “House M”, a stylish urban project in Munich by Occhio (www.occhio.de), would certainly not be out of place on the Costa del Sol.
Conveying tranquil and sophisticated modernity with straightforward lines and materials, the exposed-concrete house was constructed by Maio und Maio Architekten. The new suspended luminaires by Occhio offer a captivating image with their intriguing lighting effects. As Occhio notes, “Combined into a multi-functional system, they let the room concept as a whole shine.”
For those who like to have the latest “domotic” home automation at their disposal when controlling the lighting system – either while at home or travelling – Royal Philips (www.philips.com) offers state-of-the-art models in its Hue range.
Believing that “there is more to lighting than illumination”, Philips developed this personal wireless system to facilitate control from the bedroom to the backyard. “It even makes it seem like you’re home when you’re not. It’s all about simplifying your life… Philips Hue can wake you up and help you energise, read, concentrate and relax. Customise your daily routines into moments you can enjoy.”
The range is available with numerous apps options. The Philips Hue Bridge, for example, enables all your Philips Hue lights to work with Apple HomeKit technology; while the Lightstrip Plus “shapes light any way you want it and extends it up to 10 metres in length to light up your room with smooth, indirect light”.
Cutting-Edge Tones and Silhouettes
Another company pushing the boundaries of high-tech is Buster + Punch (www.busterandpunch.com). Described as “the world’s first designer LED bulb”, the LED Buster was chosen as one of the iconic international brand products displayed as part of the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club exhibition at the Saatchi Saatchi Gallery in London.
Paying tribute to the guiding principle of Sir Henry Royce and Charles Rolls when they founded their luxury motor car company in 1906 – “Take the best that exists and make it better” – Buster + Punch adapted its LED Buster bulb with an exclusive gold-plated bayonet design.
The Buster bulb combines a high-tech LED light source with the Royce-patented B22 fitting – “a precious blend of old and new”. A contemporary version of the Edison fila¬ment bulb, the teardrop-shaped glass shell houses a resin light pipe that creates a crisp, clean light quality.
Christmas might be concluded now for another year but there is still one other significant festive occasion coming up soon: Valentine’s Day. So for romantics who like to enjoy an intimate evening at home we checked out the latest collection from Yemso (www.yemso.es), a Barcelona-based company that specialises in the import of Dutch brands, and found one product that would add a special splash of colour and fun to any 14 February celebration.
The lightweight Yemso ice bucket is made of polypropylene, is fitted with an LED lighting system and can take one to four bottles. Its rechargeable battery lasts for 12 hours and it offers 24 different colours that can be programmed to set the most appropriate mood.