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Top 5 Lights, by Russell & George

October 12, 2012

“Lighting is perhaps one of the most underrated influences on the mood and feel of an interior,” says Ryan Russell of Melbourne-based design team Russell & George. The pair share their top five lights.

This article first appeared in (inside) #73: The Shortlist Issue.

“Lighting is perhaps one of the most underrated influences on the mood and feel of an interior. Bad lighting can make a good interior uncomfortable, and good lighting can make an ordinary interior feel very special. So we have one golden rule: never skimp on the quality of your light fittings, particularly if these are LED or fluorescent. These are 5 of our all-time favourites.”
— Ryan Russell and Byron George
www.russellandgeorge.com

1. CALLIMACO BY ETTORE SOTTSASS FOR ARTEMIDE

“Designed in 1982, this elegant floor lamp is classic, if restrained, Sottsass. We love the simplicity of this lamp, and the quality of light it gives, which is indirect and designed to reflect off the ceiling. Memphis is back!”
artemide.com.au

2. SM LAMPADAIRE DROIT BY SERGE MOUILLE

“We love the elegant simplicity of this design and the way it appears to change as you move around it. This design captures everything that was great about the 1950s (it was designed in 1953). Nothing is here that doesn’t need to be – austerity with an edge.”
corporateculture.com.au

3. GIBIGIANA BY ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI FOR FLOS

“From the early 1980s (actually 1980, so technically the end of the 1970s), the Gibigiana table or floor lamp is a classic. It’s adjustable and has a small mirror to reflect the light downwards. In silhouette this fitting looks a little like Donald Duck dressed in 1990s Prada. Love the original advertising.”
euroluce.com.au

4. VARIATION OF THE GOLDEN BELL LIGHT BY ALVAR AALTO

“We like a version of the Golden Bell fitting (original shown above, left) designed in the 1950s for the Maison Louis Carre in France. Aalto liked to group them for general room illumination, and for spotlighting Mr Carre’s extensive art collection. The shadow it casts looks like a demented tooth or a cute little ghost, which we like. It does give each light personality.”
aalto.com

5. ATOLLO BY VICO MAGISTRETTI FOR OLUCE

“Our love affair with Italy continues with this lamp. A cylinder, a cone and a hemisphere: can’t really beat that. Except when you line the inside with copper that reflects on the upper surface of the base. Genius. En masse, though, they do tend to look like giant postmodern mushrooms.”
euroluce.com.au

  • Peter May October 16th, 2012 2:43 pm

    Wow what an disappointing selection. There are so many beautiful iconic lights which have been created. The most iconic lamp of the twentieth century is definitly the 1932 Anglepoise and another that should be included is the 1972 Tizio. This lot is very Italian and very repetitive, the exceptions being 2 and 4. Still wouldn’t include any of them in my top 5.


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