We recently got the scoop on this year’s Light Fair in Las Vegas from our favorite lighting expert Shelley Aldridge of Earp & Associates. This year’s standout was the Spanish company Vibia, whose innovative lighting solutions never cease to amaze.
My favorite is the “Match” design (above), an incredibly unique design that would work equally well in a clothing store or above a dining table.
I also love the “Origami” design (above), a modular series that can be arranged in any configuration you can imagine. And it’s even safe for wet areas like bathrooms!
This design is called “Puck” (above) and features back-lit metal discs.
The “Link” Series (above) consists of simple modular boxes mounted to the ceiling. Each box features an elegant beveled interior. And the boxes are re-configurable into a number of arrangements.
You may not have heard of Julius Shulman, but I bet you’ve seen his photos. Schulman (1910-2009) was the foremost architectural photographer of the 20th century, and was responsible for spreading the popularity of California modernism all over the world.
Shulman lived in Los Angeles, and got his start when the architect Richard Neutra saw a photograph that Shulman had taken. In the early 20th century, new ideas about architecture were spread mainly through images and publications. Much like today, most people experienced design through photographs rather than personal experience. At the forefront of architectural photography, Shulman shaped the way the rest of the world saw the newest buildings.
His unique way of composing photographs was true to modern aesthetics, and architects from around the world continued to seek his expertise until his death in 2009. He was known for employing single-point persepective in his pictures; he held the camera horizontally so that all lines converged toward a vanishing point in the center of the frame.
It may sound simple, but this trick allowed him to emphasize the clean lines, sweeping views, and dramatic perspectives inherent in modern buildings. Tom Ford, famous Gucci designer, once remarked that Shulman actually made buildings appear more beautiful than in real life.
I highly recommend the 2008 movie Visual Acoustics, which chronicles the life and work of the photographer. The film is narrated by Dustin Hoffman and features interviews with Frank Gehry and Tom Ford. It also features numerous photographs and footage of modern landmarks – the next best thing to seeing these great buildings in person. Here’s the trailer: