Creative director Jonathan Anderson commissions a series of lamps to present at the Milanese design fair

Jonathan Anderson is obsessive about craft: not only in his creative direction of Spanish fashion house Loewe, but also in the broader world of design as seen in his project for Salone del Mobile 2024, the world’s preeminent furniture fair. The luxury label commissioned 24 artists with relationships to the brand to design a lamp based on their own artistic practice. The result is an eclectic mix of lighting that fits firmly into the brand’s expansive point of view.

The exhibition, which is on view at Milan’s Palazzo Citterio, reimagines the form surrounding the simple function—to provide light—of a lamp. One piece by Irish artist Joe Hogan creates a suspended lamp that appears like an inverted bird’s nest, light suspended in birch twigs woven together. Further into the exhibition stands Japanese ceramicist Akiko Hirai’s floor lamp, an obelisk composed of a chemically rusted steel cylinder intentionally featuring what looks like a fallen branch on its top. In other instances the works explore more descriptive design. American Alvaro Barrington utilizes strips of metal in a standing lamp to recall the shutters of storefronts, which the exhibition notes as inspired by his childhood in New York.

Through its titular foundation, but narrowly in its eight Salone exhibitions to date, the brand highlights that the core of Anderson’s tenure is not his invention of house codes but in his commitment to design, broadly. This seems fitting of a label whose backbone lies in a tradition of discreet leather goods. But rather than stop at technical mastery, each lamp works on an aesthetic level, creating an exhibition that holds interest at every turn.

The exhibition is on display at Milan’s Palazzo Citterio until April 21 and is open to the public.