Behind the Design:
Mountain View by AXO Light
We caught up with Russian designer Dima Loginoff, the mastermind behind AXO Light’s latest acclaimed design, available exclusively at Lumens.
Written by Sarah Chappell
Masterfully crafted from a single piece of hand-blown glass, the AXO Light Mountain View LED Pendant is a sparkling rendition of nature, enclosing a rocky landscape within a spatially sophisticated dome shade. Straight from the mind of Russian designer Dima Loginoff, both designer and product have taken the industry by storm, earning accolades like Best Designer by ELLE DECOR and Best of the Year: Lighting Pendant Design by Interior Design Magazine. In this Q&A, we get a glimpse in to the thought process and production behind Mountain View.
Tell us about Mountain View. It's a very unique design. What inspired you?
Nature of course. I was thinking, "How can I bring home a piece of nature and the mountains, but at the same time still keep the interior minimal and modern?"
Did you always envision Mountain View in hand-blown glass with an LED light source? How involved were you in the production process?
I wasn't involved in the production process that much. Mountain View was a very difficult design for production. Sometimes when the design is difficult, I won't even know all the details because they (AXO Light) know better than me. I always trust the professionals.
Can you walk us through this particular design process with AXO Light?
So after the initial 3D concept, AXO Light and I had to find a compromise on how to change the first idea to make production possible. It was easy to design, but it was hard work for the technical staff and glassmakers to make the actual product.
Do certain tenets motivate your design process? How do your designs move from idea to finished product?
My best point in design is a good concept idea. Usually I don't even think about the materials and production process in the beginning. It all comes later when my basic work—good concept—is finished. Good product is not just [about] good design, but also good quality. But not every concept becomes a product of course.
What is your favorite product type to design?
Something new, which I haven't designed yet.
Architectural Digest described you as "one of the few Russian designers who have achieved fame in the western world." Why do you think this is unique? What inspired you at home?
Many things—music, nature, fashion, people, cities. Everything is food for the imagination. Even junk food.
“I was thinking, ‘How can I bring home a piece of nature and the mountains, but at the same time still keep the interior minimal and modern?’”
The past two years have been hugely successful for you. You were named Best Designer in 2014 by ELLE DECOR, and in 2015 Mountain View won the Best Design Product in Lighting by Interior Design Magazine. What's next for you?
Who knows? But I am preparing new products with AXO Light this year and next for sure! But just yesterday I came home from Europe with news about a collaboration with the biggest European brand with over 250 years of production history. It isn't a lighting brand. It's still a secret and a challenge for me!