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2 modernism connected the decorative arts with the fundamentalist design of the 1920s Bauhaus. At its core, Modernism embraced the ideology and social ethic of . . ."form follows function." An extension of the Arts & Crafts movement, the key to the Bauhaus idea was its advocacy of machine fabrication as the vehicle to make design available to the masses. Modernism continued to evolve through several iterations morphing through the International Style of the 50s and 60s through late modernism of the 60s and 70s finally emerging as a hybrid of modernism and historical reference in the 1980s as Post Modernism. We continue to develop design and products based upon the Modernist ideals enhanced by technology and a rich pallet of new materials and processes. sculptural modernism evolved from the geometrically austere to a new genre of freedom expressed as sculpturally sensual forms. It was created from a language of curves that flow in a liquid rhythm into shapes that change with the perspective of the viewer. The art of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao Museum challenged the value system of decades of modernism. This uniquely American attitude represented the first credible challenge, within Europe, to the notion of modernism from the machine aesthetic. "The sculptural approach, as the creative basis of form development, has released the emotional freedom of expression of my early life as a painter and sculptor." warm contemporary describes a confident style of comfort in a bold scale that is uniquely American in character. Built from straight-forward honest forms with warm and relaxed finishes, warm contemporary evokes the pathos of the American West. Modern, and more like Aspen and Telluride than Tombstone or Dodge, warm contemporary has a comfort that is easy to move through and comfortable to live in. transitions implies an aesthetic of contemporary design in which traditional references crossover to connect the contemporary world with the classical. Increasingly eclectic, transitions breaks the rigid adherence to a singular point of view within an environment and mixes adornment with simplicity. The notion of a transitional aesthetic is the basis of Ornamental Modernism which describes a luxurious attitude to contemporary style, eventually becoming known as Art Deco. It represented a luxurious yet restrained opulence of layered complexity that bridged the era of Art Nouveau with Mid-Century Modern. modern lighting essentials ™ . . . a new minimalist collection of functional lighting that is efficient, affordable and easily obtainable. It embodies the notion of simplicity of form and function and confirms the Mies admonition of ..."Less is more." It is... ...Functional design that works™.
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We are pleased to present a compendium of our lighting designs together with our latest introductions in this new consolidated catalog entitled . . .COLLECTION. We continue to pursue our mission to develop contemporary lighting of extraordinary quality and relevant design in an ongoing process of investigation and innovation. In COLLECTION you will discover an expanded range of contemporary style for the sophisticated customer who looks to the future with a connection to the past. We take great pleasure in sharing COLLECTION with you and hope that you will find the perfect solutions for your contemporary lighting needs as we continue to grow the vision of... SONNEMAN - A Way of Light. Robert Sonneman
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3171.51 3171.51 4 Dichroic Glass... ...requires a complex process, only mastered by a handful of skilled craftsmen. The dichroic coating creates an optical filter that transmits certain wavelengths of light and reflects others. Dichroic glass is created by vaporizing various metallic oxides in a vacuum chamber, using a high voltage electron beam, and allowing the molecules to be deposited onto the surface of a blank sheet of glass. Careful control of time and temperature determines the thickness of the oxide deposited on the glass. The properties that cause light waves to be reflected, while others pass through the glass, create the color shift we observe. Dichroix This process may require 15 to 50 distinct layers of alternating metallic and silicon oxides.
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3175.13 3170.51 3170 Dichroix™ Sconce 8 ½"h x 5"w Shade: Dichroic Glass 8"h x 5"w x 3 ¼"d Extension: 4 ½" Wall Plate: 8 ½" x 5" Bulb: (1) 60W Vintage Carbon Filament Medium Base Also available: 60W T10 Medium Base 3170.13 Satin Nickel 3170.51 Black Brass 6 3176.51 3175 Dichroix™ 5-Light Square Pendant 12"h x 24 ½" sq Shade: Dichroic Glass 9 ½"h x 22"w x 22"d Canopy: 4 ½" sq Stem Kit: (3) 12" + (1) 6" Bulb: (5) 60W Vintage Carbon Filament Medium Base Also available: 60W T10 Medium Base 3175.13 Satin Nickel 3175.51 Black Brass 3177 Dichroix™ Surface Mount 11"h x 7 ½"w x 7"d Shade: Dichroic Glass 9 ½"h x 7 ½"w x 6 ½"d Canopy: 5 ½" sq Bulb: (1) 60W Vintage Carbon Filament Medium Base Also available: 60W T10 Medium Base 3177.13 Satin Nickel 3177.51 Black Brass 3178 Dichroix™ 4-Light Surface Mount 9"h x 13" sq Shade: Dichroic Glass 7 ½"h x 12 ½"w x 12 ½"d Canopy: 10" sq Bulb: (4) 60W Vintage Carbon Filament Medium Base Also available: 60W T10 Medium Base 3178.13 Satin Nickel 3178.51 Black Brass
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3176 Dichroix™ 6-Light Bar 10"h x 58 ½"w x 6"d Shade: Dichroic Glass 7 ½"h x 55 ½"w x 5 ½"d Canopy: 34 ½" x 4 ½" Stem Kit: (6) 12" + (2) 6" Bulb: (6) 60W Vintage Carbon Filament Medium Base Also available: 60W T10 Medium Base 3176.13 Satin Nickel 3176.51 Black Brass 3177.51 3174 Dichroix™ 4-Light Bar 10"h x 40"w x 6"d Shade: Dichroic Glass 7 ½"h x 37"w x 5 ½"d Canopy: 4 ½" x 16" Stem Kit: (6) 12" + (2) 6" Bulb: (4) 60W Vintage Carbon Filament Medium Base Also available: 60W T10 Medium Base 3174.13 Satin Nickel 3174.51 Black Brass 3178.51 3174.13 As you rotate a piece of Dichroic Glass, even slightly, you see a shifting rainbow of colors. A WAY OF LIGHT ® 7
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3168.51 8 bronze age 3168 Bronze Age 4-Light Surface Mount 9"h x 13" sq Shade: Bronze Glass 7 ½"h x 12 ½"w x 12 ½"d Canopy: 10" sq Bulb: (4) 60w Vintage Carbon Filament Medium Base Also available: 60w T10 Medium Base 3168.51 Black Brass 3165.51 3165 Bronze Age 5-Light Square Pendant 12"h x 24 ½" sq Shade: Bronze Glass 9 ½"h x 22"w x 22"d Canopy: 4 ½" sq Stem Kit: (3) 12" + (1) 6" Bulb: (5) 60w Vintage Carbon Filament Medium Base Also available: 60w T10 Medium Base 3165.51 Black Brass 3160.51