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Hand-forged chandeliers inspired by Arabic calligraphy: Check. Ombre blown-glass pierced with rods of aluminum: Yep! Thin, curvaceous forms capped with balls of light: Oh yeah!
In the world of design and fashion, Europe is known for setting the bar. From Marcel Wanders and Michael Anastassiades to boutique up-and-comers, we scoured the continent to find out who’s setting the stage for lighting’s next big act AND how you can get your hands on these gorgeous imports right here in the US.
Il Pezzo Mancante
Crafted in Florence, Italy by designer duo Cosimo Terzani and Barbara Bertocci, Il Pezzo Mancante puts an abstract twist on luxe statement pieces, customizable up to extreme lengths. The calligraphy inspired chandeliers have even garnered the acclaim of famed designer Philippe Starck, serving as the signature every room deserves, or Il Pezzo Mancante, ‘the missing piece.’
Venetian glass taken to an entirely new level, Wonderglass is redefining the art of glassblowing, partnering with a wide range of creative influencers to carry a traditional craft into bold new territory.
Contemporary, Belgium-based tossB create fixtures that perfectly balance form and function. The Tribes pendant, from designer David Abad, draws inspiration from Calumet, the sacred pipes smoked by indigenous tribes of North America, offering both up and down lighting in a modern, seamless way.
With its finger on the pulse of fashion and food, it’s no surprise that France is churning out design-forward lighting as well. Petite Friture (small fry) is anything but small. Each piece is unique and impressive, carrying a distinct voice that lends more than just light to a room—it gives it character.
An icon in the world of lighting, London-based designer (and Design Milk favorite) Michael Anastassiades creates fixtures that border on fine art, always setting the bar higher. From the strikingly simple Tip of the Tongue table lamp to the showstopping Mobile chandelier, Michael proves that if you can dream it, you can make it.