January 3, 2013

Global Lighting Salutes Collaborators Everywhere!

 
The Boletus Outside fixture by B.lux.

The Boletus Outside fixture by B.lux.

As the chief excitement officer at Global Lighting, I often think about how fortunate we are to have such great collaborators, or “partners,” and associates—all of whom bring tremendous energy to their lighting designs and a strong impetus to help us place the fixtures with those who clamor for them. The manufacturers who produce our collections have remarkable talent, and the reps selling the lighting products, as well as the showrooms displaying them make our aim to bring aesthetically superior, high-end contemporary light fixtures to North America a rewarding undertaking.

As we segue back into our regular blog-posting schedule for this new year of 2013, I thought I’d start by thanking all of the diligent workers and owners of the brands we distribute: Grupo B.lux, Secto Design Oy and Jacco Maris. I have enjoyed getting to know each of you during the past several years, learning about what drives your desires for optimal quality and understanding the depths of your seemingly boundless creativity.

Apartment Therapy features the Nut pendant.

Apartment Therapy features the Nut pendant.

Apartment Therapy published Alexandra Grenham’s Boston home, which included the Nut Light Fixture. Grenham, the creative director for Erie Drive, bought the Nut from YLighting, one of her favorite design sources, along with Brimfield Antique Market, Etsy and Hive Modern. Tara Bellucci’s images tell the full story on my original post.

The Link brightens the lobby of the Springhill Suites by Marriott.

The Link brightens the lobby of the Springhill Suites by Marriott.

It’s the Link holding court in the Springhill Suites by Marriott on Metropolitan State University’s Auraria Campus in the LoDo district of Denver. Barb Brown of BJ Lighting Solutions connected the dots between Benjamin West and J.G. Johnson Architects to make the placement of the fixtures. Nicole Nathan, R.A., LEED AP, who specified the pendants for the architectural firm, said, “We selected the Link fixture because of its organic shape and implied movement. The orange works beautifully with our feature elements, bringing a cohesive strand of color throughout.” The building targets LEED Silver ranking, with sustainable aspects including recycled materials, smart-key systems for mechanical control, a highly efficient building envelope and low-water-use strategies.

The Spiro was featured on the lifestyle blog Casa Design Boston, an online portal of the showroom by the same name in the SoWa district of the city’s South End. It also appeared on the Contemporist, a blog devoted to architecture, design, art and travel. On the Interior Design magazine blog hosted by the Shaw Hospitality Group, the Spiro received another appreciative nod. Given this is a fairly new product to our lines, I’m betting you’ll be hearing a great deal about the Spiro in the months to come!

Agatha and Nut show off their ribbons of light in Cleveland.

Agatha and Nut show off their ribbons of light in Cleveland.

The popular Agatha hangs prettily in the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s new digs it shares with COSE, or Council of Smaller Enterprises, in Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio. Chosen for the project by architectural firm Vocon to match the organization’s commitment to sustainability, tapping the Agatha was a smooth move given the fixtures are created from laminated poplar, a very sustainable wood, and colored with environmentally friendly vegetable dyes! We’d like to say, “Excellent project, Vocon” and to congratulate our lighting representative Intelligent Illumination for placing these fixtures within this fabulous project!

Kanpazar was tapped for a Red Dot Award.

Kanpazar was tapped for a Red Dot Award.

There’s just something incredible about Spanish design that has led me to yet another company from the country: Grupo B.lux. Another brand devoted to superior quality, B.lux has nabbed Red Dot awards for their Kanpazar and Dear Edi S fixtures, and a Good Design award for their Olsen. The brand’s fabulous new Tree pendant, which they debuted at the HD Expo in 2012, also made it to the finals of the BOY awards. The Tree series is proving to be a popular fixture at design events, and with designers and architects alike.

B.lux created custom light fixtures for Frank Gehry’s Marques de Riscal.

B.lux created custom light fixtures for Frank Gehry’s Marques de Riscal.

The B.lux factory, nestled into Basque country, illustrates the brand’s legacy of manufacturing pride and I’m thrilled how the architectonic form of the company’s products are appealing to design and architectural professionals with a refined sophistication. Iconic architects like Frank Gehry and Dominique Perrault have tapped the company a number of times to produce customized fixtures for their projects (and I spied a Kanpazar at Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao during a recent trip to Spain!). Amongst B.lux’s talented industrial designers are Jorge Pensi, Marco Bisenzi, Miguel Angel Ciganda and David Abad, and the second generation of the family founding this company is now at the helm: Harriet Ibarretxe crisscrosses the globe to put the word out about B.lux. I’m thrilled we at Global Lighting can help further this effort! Follow them for news on Twitter and Facebook.

Globetrotter Harriet Ibarretxe of B.lux. Image Rod Ruiz.

Globetrotter Harriet Ibarretxe of B.lux. Image Rod Ruiz.

Harriet and the team he is heading up are producing what I am convinced will be some of North America’s architect’s favorite fixtures in a wide range of styles, such as the Ilde Max, the San Marco, the Dolcetta, the Julia, the Veroca and the U Dos. During a recent gathering of lighting reps, Dave Emory of Lightrix commented, “The HLF fixture is light to see rather than simply light to see by.”

Secto Design's 4201 featured in Architecture Magazine.

Secto Design’s 4201 featured in Architecture Magazine.

The lineup of products from Spain we offer spans the spectrum from residential lighting to lighting for business environments and restaurant lighting to hotel lighting. I’m excited to see the innovation flowing from the Iberian Peninsula and other European countries—one of the biggest trends I’m seeing in lighting. Finland brings a storied design heritage to our product lines, the Helsinki-based Secto Design Oy founded by Tuula Juselius, produces architectonically astute fixtures from Finnish birch. The wildly popular Secto 4200, Secto 4201, Secto Atto, Secto Kontro, Secto Magnum, Secto Octo, Secto Puncto and Secto Victo are designed by Seppo Koho and manufactured in the factory owned by Heikki Saastamoinen—the trio a remarkable collaboration in their own right.

Architect Seppo Koho designs Secto’s elemental fixtures.

Architect Seppo Koho designs Secto’s elemental fixtures.

Secto’s fixtures have been placed in some of Europe’s most high-profile interiors, including the Nokia headquarters and the Finnish Embassies. Crediting the country’s dedication to traditional craft for the sophistication of their products, Juselius has been a wonderful partner, graciously telling me how happy she is that we make her light fixtures ready for the North American marketplace by achieving the UL listing required. It’s no wonder Monica Khemsurov, writing for The New York Times’ T Magazine about Design Forum Finland, featured their fixtures as she touted the Helsinki Design Scene as one of the coolest around.

Jacco Maris and Frank de Wit create lighting's future icons. Image Rod Ruiz.

Jacco Maris and Frank de Wit create lighting’s future icons. Image Rod Ruiz.

Continuing my fascination with European design is a company I believe will become known as being headed up by one of the most iconic designers of our time. It’s no surprise Netherlands-based Jacco Maris attended the Design Academy of Eindhoven and studied in Utrecht. His Ode 1647, Ruban Plie and Montone are more light sculptures than light fixtures—like pieces of jewelry for the most incredible spaces, these decorative elements will land in some of the world’s most luxurious projects, I am certain. After dreaming up these sumptuous lights, Maris made a surprise move by creating a collection of edgier products we’re thrilled to make available to the US and Canada—The Outsider and the Stand Alone. Inspired by the headlights of Russian tractors, he designed these light fixtures around found objects, a true talent of his. I’m expecting all the lighting produced by the Holland-based company, especially their stainless steel products, will soon be darlings on the hospitality circuit. Follow the gang at Jacco Maris on Facebook and Twitter to see how their lively presence lights up social media (for a sneak peek, take a look at their “Like” video from 100% Design London)!

We are dedicated to operating on the strength of our Core Values.

We are dedicated to operating on the strength of our Core Values.

I’ve linked back to the full profiles represented by these snapshots in order to give you easy access to a broader view of those who make these amazing products we at Global Lighting are so proud to sell. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the in-house team at Global Lighting, whose dedication to customer service and quality makes our company as vital and popular as it is. As each of you know—Adrienne, Catherine, Denise, Ingrid, Jinnie, Julie, Mary, Patricia, Pete, Rod, Ron, Rosa, Os, Erick, Francisco and Santiago—we’ve come a long way as a culture during the past year as we crafted our core values, selected our gatekeepers and sent Denise Bovell to share our experiences at Zappos Insights Boot Camp.

Dee carried the Global Lighting banner (and wore the crown) at Zappos Insights Boot Camp!

Dee carried the Global Lighting banner (and wore the crown) at Zappos Insights Boot Camp!

The exercise in creating the foundation for our philosophy, and our commitment to treating each other and our customers with respect has brought a watershed of awareness to us here at Global Lighting. We hope the dedication to quality shows, and I sincerely thank you for stopping in to read our blog and I hope you will return often. If you are new to my effort of scouring the world for what I consider to be glimpses of design and life worthy of sharing, I am glad you found your way here. We will try our hardest to make it worth your while for stopping by. Happy 2013, everyone!

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