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Canadian brand Lightmaker Studio is launching two lighting collections with branch-like brass fixtures at the Interior Design Show in Toronto this week, as well as additions to its Zig-Zag series. Both the Mode and Float ranges are being introduced at the IDS Toronto event, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from 19 to 22 January 2017. Lightmaker Studio has also expanded its Zig-Zag series, which debuted last year. “In keeping with the company’s design philosophy – all three series use classic forms, pure shapes and materials such as hand-finished brass and hand-blown glass to create sculpture-like modern pieces,” said the Toronto-based studio. The Mode pendants feature milky blown-glass spheres, organised on a horizontal plane and connected by metal branches.

“When used in multiples at staggered elevations, the resulting whole is more art-piece than light fixture,” Lightmaker Studio said. “Used singly, Mode creates significant presence in a height-constrained space.” Globe shades can also be found on the Float lights, but for this series they are made from a combination of brass and glass. These elements are joined in a seemingly random arrangement by brass connectors shaped like thin pipes. “Float explores the contrast between the opulent brass and glass spheres and the highly defined horizontal orientation,” said the studio. Influenced by classic mid-century lighting, the Zig-Zag lights are available in both wall and ceiling versions.

Each comprises spherical bulbs held within metal cones, which are oriented at 90 degrees to one another. The sconces are supported by metal grids that mount vertically or horizontally, and have a low profile so they can be used in tight spaces. “While sculpture-like, Zig-Zag is also a functional light source, whether installed on the wall or the ceiling,” said Lightmaker Studio. Brass has experienced a surge in popularity with contemporary designers over the past few years, most visibly in lighting. Other designers working with the material include Michael Anastassiades, who produced a range of lamps using tubular bulbs and brass rods, and Roll & Hill, which created lights that imitate the shapes of unfurling plants and musical instruments.

Design: Lightmaker Studio

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