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London, UK

With depth, dancing and a touch of magic, Occhio launch their London flagship store in style

“Light is integral to good design” – this consensus of Occhio’s panel talk resonated during London Design Festival. The German luxury lighting brand welcomed the UK’s design community into the new showroom to celebrate its arrival in the capital. With multiple events, culminating in a heaving grand opening party, Occhio lit up the Brompton Design District, quite literally.

Two of London’s most noteworthy design stars of the moment, Tatjana von Stein, Founder of Sella Concept, and Rachel Chudley discussed “The emotional home: where design meets light in the new luxury” with Occhio’s Director of Lighting Design Helen Neumann, moderated by Design Anthology UK’s Kerstin Zumstein. The oversubscribed talk investigated the interplay of colour, texture and materials with light and how it brings these elements to life.

A case in point is Luna – Occhio’s newest series on show in the new space – which perfectly encapsulates the brand’s values. The revolutionary ‘fireball’ light source magically appears to float in the mirrored glass sphere. Creating both a soft and yet directed glare-free light, Luna combines classical design with innovative technology. It comes, in typical Occhio fashion, as a family of suspended, wall and ceiling luminaires.

Yet it’s the intuitive ease of Occhio’s gesture control that impressed the most, inviting guests and clients to become the director of their own atmosphere. This vision of combining the best quality of light with personal freedom is the brainchild of Occhio’s pioneering founder, Alex Meise, who has led the brand to become leading in Europe. Now, it’s time for Occhio to shine in London.