Tom Dixon is in Milan. No surprise there, as the brand has been itching to get back to live events after one and one-half years of exclusively digital interaction.
Dixon's presence at Milan is the beginning of his European Grand Tour, launching at the brand's hub and restaurant, The Manzoni, with an exhibit entitled "Luminosity."
Dixon himself gives lighting a place of primacy, saying that "lamps are the most visible of any interior product... they produce light and are therefore transformative to an environment."
The theme of how lighting can alter a space and thus provoke changes in mood is writ large on "Luminosity." We see it not only in the iconic Melt Pendants (this iteration boasting new half-metallised LED modules), but also with the solidity and craftsmanship of the Press lights, as well as the "Black Light" satellite display next door at Valextra, the Italian luxury goods brand.
Overall, the exhibit is a stunning cornucopia of styles and methods of illumination. The Black Light sculptures, crafted in consultation with Austrian lighting brand Prolicht, explore the potential of LED circuit boards, a streamlined method of illumination using simple geometric shapes and even simpler points of light.
Lastly, the entire ensemble gains cohesion via hors d'oeuvres. Provided courtesy of food design studio Arabeschi di Latti, these comestibles include such gems as crystallised ginger, pomegranate arabesque sugar, and berry meringue slab—culinary delights whose very names imply translucence and reflection, displayed in transparent vessels of varied shapes, sizes, and volumes as they refract and project their own brand of light throughout the space.