When it comes to design, minimalism is one of the hardest aesthetics to achieve. So much goes into creating something so subtle.
There’s nowhere to hide, so the design must be flawless.
Designer Itai Bar-On has achieved this beautifully through a series of straightforward proportions and lines that create minimal light fixtures.
I met Itai at the interiors tradeshow, Ambiente, in Frankfurt and his stand stopped me in my tracks. Unlike other stands at the tradeshow, it had very few products and each was an example of minimalism at its finest.
Here’s a peek at two of Itai’s collections, both of which were on display at Ambiente.
The Line Collection
In The Line Collection, Itai plays on the addition and subtraction of lines and streaks, altering the functionality of the pieces and the light dispersion. The LED fixtures are made of oak and coated aluminium sheets, and each one is named according to the number of lines it’s made of.
A bare LED bar, that disperses great volumes of light.
Line 1 retails for $922 – $1,196
A central line with wide-set wings, allowing for targeted light distribution.
Line 2 retails for $1,047 – $1,250
The addition of a third line creates a hood for a more targeted distribution of light.
Line 3 retails for $1,047 – $1,249
The Ringo Collection
The Ringo Collection creates a dimmable and diffused light source that is easily adjustable and can be used in different locations and for different purposes.
These beautiful tube fixtures are for a softer light source and are quite possibly my favourite piece by Itai Bar-On.
Ringo 150 retails for $571
These adjustable flat fixtures come in different ring sizes. The ring detail accentuates an industrial character.
Ringo 330 retails for $922
Tiles by Itai Bar-On
Itai is also a tile designer, and has devised techniques to shape and bend powerful elements like wood, metal and concrete into exquisite forms.
You need to see these – they’re here: www.itaibaron.com/tiles.
“Itai explores the limits of working with concrete and places it in a new context while stretching the acceptable boundaries of the matter. The result – objects with a feel of lightness and movement, which contrast and defy the preconceptions of heavy weight material.”
Which light fixture was your favourite?
Mine was the Ringo 330. Tell me yours in the comments below.