Technology, Natural Materials Seen at Dallas Market
June 20, 2014,
A task lamp from Quoizel's new Vivid line
DALLAS-The Dallas International Lighting Market is underway, with introductions celebrating anniversaries, using natural elements such as wood and targeting the aging population. Products that also incorporated technology debuted.
Troy Lighting showed its new web-based app, which will allow consumers to control the lighting from wherever they are. Called Eco-Link, it can set the lighting of an individual fixture, an area of the home or a scene, such as watching a movie. And because it is web-based, the settings and other information are not lost if the smart phone is lost.
Based on an American Lighting Association initiative to address older Americans and their eyesight, Quoizel unveiled Vivid, a group of items that provides such features as bright light and easy-to-turn light switches. With almost 20 SKUs, the line includes floor, task and table lamps, as well as LED options.
Maxim's new Copenhagen, left, and Horgen pendants
Hubbardton Forge did its first June release this time, and introductions included hand blown glass pendants due to a new partnership with A.O. Glass in Vermont. In addition, Hubbardton Forge is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and gave its designers the chance to create their own pieces. One item was the industrial Erlenmeyer desk lamp from designer David Kitts; each will include the company's first maker mark, which will also be included in some selected pieces in its line.
Jeff Dross, Kichler's director of education and industry trends, celebrated 40 years with the company.
Kichler's market introductions included line extensions to Brinley, which was its number one seller at the January market. Based on a mason jar design, it now also has a three-light fixture, a wall sconce, an individual pendant and an eight-light linear fixture. Coral was the inspiration behind Silver Coral, which has an antique pewter finish and a white linen drum shade. More unusual items include Fracture, a masculine look that resembles the top half of a large black egg.
A Hubbardton Forge 40th anniversary piece
Natural materials continue their importance. New wood items at Kichler included Basford, which had an open box design and such details as nail heads, and Briellis, which has a washed finish.
At Maxim, wood was seen in its new Copenhagen and Horgen fixtures, and both have a Swedish inspiration for a clean, playful look. Corrugated cardboard was the material used for the Java pendent. The cardboard has been laser cut and layered together and the java-hue finish was added for a warm look.
Monte Carlo debuted its new magnetized transmitter, which fits most pull-chain fans and can be placed on any metal surface, such as the refrigerator or metal table lamp. It also added to its best selling Discus line with an Energy Star rated version, available in three finishes.