Certainly one of the most salient trends of 2017 - the arch - has been making a lot of appearances of late. Whether in interiors like Studio AC’s Broadview Loft (for more from this studio you can check out Karolina Pisanko’s recent post on their reno of a Richview Victorian), or products themselves like Keefer Credenza we featured by Knauf and Brown, it’s a simple form that packs a lot of visual punch. So it’s no surprise to see it popping up in the work of a number of Canadian lighting designers too.
Lukas Peet’s Orbit was first introduced as a pendant in 2015, and more recently became available in a tabletop fixture as well. The fixtures’ CNC-bent steel frames encircle a opalescent glass globe, alluding to planetary orbits around the sun. While purely decorative in the pendant version, the wire frames take on function in the table-top version providing a handle to reposition the lamp. While part of me would love to see a rechargeable, electric kettle style base on these so they could be brought outside in the summer, their hefty marble bases attest to the designer’s consistent attentiveness to materiality.
Peet may well be responsible for leading the charge on this lighting trend. Even before becoming a cofounder of Vancouver’s ANDLight in 2013 (see their Pipeline Fixture by Caine Heintzman here), he created Rudi, a pendant that combines a u-bent fluorescent bulb with a brass arc suspended from its cord to unexpectedly elegant effect, whether in single or double loops.
Striking a balance between these two fixtures, the Mila by Matthew McCormick (also based in Vancouver) is heftier than orbit but more lithe than Rudi. With a single copper loop concealing its wires, the Rudi’s artisan-blown glass globe appears poised, almost floating.
Drawing inspiration from nautical hardware, the Link Pendants by Toronto’s Hollis and Morris marry cold-rolled steel frames with solid wood housing for linear LEDs. The studio produces minimal handmade pieces of furniture as well as lighting. The Link is available in lengths varying from three feet to six feet, this piece stands out for its ability to be hung both vertically and horizontally.
It’s versatility like this that makes these simple forms work so well. While all of these pieces offer a sculptural element when hung alone in a space, it’s artful groupings of a few that provide the most impact, allowing for the creation of what feels like a custom installation from stock fixtures.
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Written by Miranda Corcoran, a designer and creative strategist based in Toronto who began writing for Houseporn while studying Industrial Design at OCAD University