LZF is delighted to be working with two new designers, Mayice Studio and Mikiya Kobayashi, on the design and development of several original and innovative lighting fixtures.
Madrid-based Mayice Studio, a multidisciplinary product design and architecture practice, was established in 2013 by Imanol Calderón Elósegui and Marta Alonso Yebra. With a sharp focus on materials—respecting both history and functionality—each design by Mayice Studio is presented with its own inherent personality, and aims to reflect the soul of a material.
In much of Mayice Studio’s work, we find an intelligent dialogue between craft and technology. The Filamento light is an especially pertinent example: a sculptural piece made of a single length of curving glass, Filamento is a study of how light travels through concave and convex forms. When illuminated, the effect is a laser-like ‘filament of light’, that extends from one end of the lamp to the other. When the light is off, the design has a wonderfully ornamental appearance. Filamento is available in both horizontal and vertical configurations. Mayice Studio has experimented with glass in other lighting designs, including the bijou Blow Lamp and the Rfc+ suspension lamp collection, designed for the Royal Glass Factory of La Granja, and made using a number of historic moulds. Other notable projects by Mayice Studio include Buit, an outdoor furniture collection designed for Gandia Blasco, and Skywalk, a cantilevered glass walkway on the Rock of Gibraltar.
For LZF, Mayice Studio has created two new lighting designs: Dune and Eris. The designs combine mouth-blown glass and handmade wood veneer, a first for LZF.
Tokyo-based Japanese designer Mikiya Kobayashi established his eponymous studio in 2006. In his creative process, Kobayashi is focused more on the sensitive perception of a design, rather than how it will actually be used. In true Japanese tradition, Kobayashi has a long-standing relationship with wood and has employed this natural material in a number of projects. For Kobayashi, it is important that he remains connected with his cultural heritage, while also combining the past with modern-day practices and innovation.
Mikiya Kobayashi has worked on a number of built projects, including cafe design, retail and showroom spaces. His many product designs mix a range of materials (although wood is foremost) and uses. They include: ILY-Ai, a playful and ergonomic personal mobility vehicle for Aisin, Side Table, a smart purpose-built table for Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound 2 speaker, and Donut, a stool for Diabla (a Gandia Blasco brand). Kobayashi has also designed a number of furniture pieces for Implements, his own shop in Himonya, Tokyo. Designs include the IT1 Table and IC1 Mast Chair.
A productive and inventive Japanese designer, Mikiya Kobayashi has designed Suns, a clean and circular wood veneer lamp for LZF.
Images and information for the new Dune, Eris and Suns collections will be available soon.