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Shining a light on geometric design
Here at Nest.co.uk, we are excited to introduce brand new lighting from Flos, Anglepoise and much more. Putting the ‘design’ in ‘designer’, we have delved into the rich artistic history and inspiration behind some of our favourite pieces. Read on to discover the latest in lighting and what brought them to life...
Geometric patterns as a heritage of lighting design Composition VIII by Wassily Kandinsky. Source: 1
Based on simple shapes, repetition and neutral surfaces, minimalist design is free from metaphor and abstraction, focusing instead on the bond between form and function. A remarkable contributor to this was the ‘Bauhaus’, an art school widely considered to be a pioneer of an aesthetically minded approach to design. It taught students all areas of fine arts, promoting unity between creative practices and connecting art and everyday life in the face of new technology and mechanical processes. Bauhaus closed in 1933 under the pressure of the Nazis, but its influence lives on…
Form, Functionality and Flos
Bauhaus continues to define the direction art, architecture, fashion and furniture. Echoing Bauhaus thinking, architect Louis Sullivan said that ‘form follows function’, highlighting the uselessness of excessive ornamentation. This is echoed in the Superloon, a new floor lamp by Italian brand Flos. The light intensity can be adjusted on the touch sensitive stem, with a warmer ambience as the intensity increases. Its ring of LED lights shines sideways onto a translucent surface which, when lit, appears as a flat lunar-like disc.
Flos Superloon - LED technology, sleek design, practical use.
Its simple spherical shape is mirrored by and corresponds directly to the straightforward practicality, aided by cutting edge technology. The use of geometric form is perhaps based on a need for aesthetic beauty within functionality.
The Symmetry of Friends and Founders
A new brand for Nest.co.uk, Friends and Founders pride themselves on the everyday and leave room for expression through subtlety. Their ‘La Lampe’ counts on its careful use of form, using geometric shapes to put together a piece that is minimalistically exquisite. In an almost stripped back art deco style, La Lampe is streamlined in a way which resists the separation of its different components.
The geometric lines of La Lampe.
The base is symmetrical to the lamp’s bulb, but it is not just the symmetry within the piece that is striking. La Lampe is part of a family that includes a wall and pendant light, and is a collection that perfectly aligns with other Friends and Founders’ pieces through geometric shape. This weaves a sense of balance and symmetry throughout the brand.
Colourful Simplicity- Anglepoise Edition 3
Although the Bauhaus produced a diverse range of works, it is popularly associated with the Dutch avant-garde De Stijl movement. De Stijl adopted the use of flat primary colours, rectangular forms and straight, horizontal and vertical lines, which is reflected in the Bauhaus building itself.
The Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany. Source: 1
The most iconic piece to come from this movement was a painting by Piet Mondrian, the inspiration behind the new Anglepoise release.
Anglepoise have once again teamed up with Paul Smith to create an exciting new edition of their classic table lamp, producing a piece firmly rooted in the history of geometric design. The release arrives in the run-up to the centenary of the De Stijl movement, reflecting its use of sharp lines and primary colours almost 100 years on.
The Optical Illusions of Lee Broom
With a heritage of modernist movements, including Bauhaus, the term ‘Op Art’ was coined in 1964 to describe optical illusions within art and design. It produced works that consciously emphasised the responsiveness of the human eye, displaying a rather modernist focus on aesthetic function.
Image Movement in Squares by Bridget Riley, 1961. Source: 1
Having studied fashion design at Central St Martins, Lee Broom has been pipped by the Guardian as the furniture equivalent of ‘what Marc Jacobs or Tom Ford are to fashion.’ With a resume of both fashion and furniture design, his new collection’s op art influences are unmissable.
The use of geometric shapes is clear. Paired with the black and white colours, the pieces create a kind of aestheticism appropriate for a design object that requires practical use.
The philosophy of modernism, through its emphasis on the unification of art with architecture and product design, has meant that simplistic geometric shapes have quite literally become the building blocks of furniture and lighting design.
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