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4 new Lighting Design Trends as seen at the Milan Design Week

At the last Milan Design Week, together with Salone del Mobile, this year it was the turn of Euroluce, the fair of lighting design happening every two years. Here all the most important brands of lighting design showcased their new collections, and it was also the best place where to spot which are the latest lighting design trends now.

To me, it was also a good opportunity to know better the Italian lighting brand Panzeri. In fact, thanks to an event organized by the brand together with studio JRK in Milan, I had the chance to see closely the new products launched by the brand. I also had an interesting chat with Enzo Panzeri, designer of most of the collections, regarding the latest trends in the lighting design industry. Get to know about them in this article and jump at the end to enjoy a photo gallery of the event in Milan.

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4 new Lighting Design Trends as seen in Milan Design Week


Trend 1 / Geometric and Essential Shapes

One of the main trends in lighting design is to work on essential shapes, in order to create lamps which can be easily adapt to any space, lasting over the changes of different styles and trends. Shapes are inspired by geometry, especially by the circle, which was one of the key shapes of this year.

Panzeri in Milan launched the new lamps ‘Bella’ and Zero Shapes family, both designed by Enzo Panzeri

Bella is a small lighting circle, which can be easily oriented in different directions, as well as used as a suspension, wall lamp or table lamp. Zero Round is the example of a super clean and geometric lamp: a slim big circle, now available also as wall lamp and as vertical suspension (Zero Round Vertical). Together with the Zero Ellipse and Zero Square, in with elliptic and square shapes, they give a pretty complete range of geometrical lamps.


Trend 2 / Soundproofing materials

The second trend I noticed was the research on new soundproofing materials and products. This is a consequence of a main macro trend, which is all about how design can help to improve our well-being.

For Panzeri, Jason Bird designed ZigZag, a soundproofing suspended lamp designed to improve the well-being inside working spaces. In fact, with its particular long shape and its soundproofing material, this lamp can help in reducing the acoustic pollution and it’s perfect to enlight working environments.

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Trend 3 / Wireless Technology

Many brands applied the wireless technology to lighting design this year, creating new solutions which can be easily moved inside spaces, but which also which require less as possible cables (that have always been quite anti-aesthetic, indeed)

Panzeri worked together with Italian architect and designer Matteo Thun, launching this year the new lamps Tubino and “Firefly in the sky”.

Together with their simple lines embracing the brand’s philosophy ‘Zero Design’, which reduce the shapes to their essentials, these lamps show advanced technological features. In particular, “Firefly in the sky” includes a wireless technology which allows to move the lighting source.


Trend 4 / Colourful and Frosted Glass

Among the key trends as seen at this Milan Design Week, for furniture but also for lighting design, is glass. Many new collections feature treated glass and coloured glass finishes.

For example, the Emy – Ely – Evy lamps by Panzeri, are suspension lamps in a cluster in a mat blown glass. They are all characterized by a special treatment of glass which gives them a patterned finish: Ely has striped finish, Emy a rhomboidal texture and Evy a spherical pattern.



Event Photo Gallery

Location: JRK Design showroom, Corso Magenta, Milano

Ph courtesy of Panzeri