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icff 2009: the british are coming (lighting)

by Grace Bonney

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alright, first things first- i loved so many of the hanging pendants i saw in the british design section. i also loved their wallpapers (more on that later), but i wanted to kick things off with these incredible pieces by chun wei liao and daisuke hiraiwa.

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based in the uk, both designers experimented with creating hanging pendants from non-traditional materials. i was seriously impressed with chun wei liao‘s cardboard pieces- they actually come flat packed and then you can fold the decorative faceted elements (each of which is printed with a delicate floral pattern) into the tables or pendants to create more detail. i spent a good amount of time in this booth (along with a writer from one of my favorite sites, core77– that’s her hand above) just staring at each of these little faceted cardboard pieces- they were sturdy, functional, fun and a wonderful spin on the idea of flat-packed pieces. click here for more information on chun wei liao’s work.

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next up is designer daisuke hiraiwa, who created beautiful hanging lighting from disposable plastic utensils and toothpicks. for the plastic utensils, he used a soldering iron to burn tiny holes into each piece- creating a lovely dotted pattern with the shadows.

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for the toothpick pieces, he used glue to hold all the pieces together allowing the unit to bend and fold freely.

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CLICK HERE for 3 more lighting designers after the jump!

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designer mai oersted was behind these beautiful glass chandeliers. i loved the little red elements inside the clear glasses that gave the fixture and overall red hue. very nice.

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sonodesign created these beautiful acrylic pieces. the units themselves are actually quite light- and each hanging acrylic piece comes off easily so the piece flat-packs in the mail.

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these colorful wire lights were from british collective deadgood.

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