Euroluce, the huge lighting trade event occurs every other year at Milan's Salone Del Mobile. It draws immense crowds and features launches by some of the world's largest, pioneering lighting brands. Whilst the 2019 edition was generally accepted as being a somewhat quiet year for the event we still found plenty that piqued our interest.
A quiet, yet impactful rebellion against newness for it's own sake seems to be emerging, nowhere was this more prevalent at Euroluce than at Santa & Cole. They presented 'The pursuit of durable objects', a display that drew attention to the timeless qualities of their existing back catalogue, encouraging us all to reflect on the objects we consume in terms of longevity rather than fleeting trends.
Elsewhere we noted several of the larger brands shifting focus towards new forms of interactivity and smart technology, be it interactive stand elements as seen at Flos and Artemide or within the products themselves. Flos always offer spectacle and this year was no exception, dramatic installations featuring new designs by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Michael Anastassiades and Formafantasma amongst others drew teeming crowds to the gargantuan Design Holding stand they shared with Louis Poulsen and B&B Italia.
Flexibility was also a key concern for designers this year, the Bouroullec's stated in relation to their new 'Belt' light "The best position for a light source is always unexpected"; and with this in mind, they and several other designers produced lighting designs that are more adaptable and flexible, offering the freedom to perfectly illuminate any space or situation without constraint.
Also prevalent at the fair were products drawing inspiration from fluid, dynamic forms and materials, a perhaps interesting development in the context of lighting, a design specialism more traditionally associated with technology, hard materials and angular expressions.
Here are our top fifteen highlights from this year's event: