The modern Style:
reduced to the max

The modern style of living is also an expression of a modern lifestyle characterised by creative clarity, a high degree of functionality and sophisticated design. Restrained colour palettes, the play of clear and matt surfaces and clean lines create an ambiance that radiates calm and order.

Unnecessary ornamentation and decoration are dispensed with in favour of clear geometric shapes and the effect of material and surface. These design principles are also followed by the modern light series from ORION, true to the motto: Reduce To The Max.

Master craftsmanship

Until the 20th century, art and craft objects were adapted to the requirements and spatial possibilities of the upper middle classes and the aristocracy. With the democratisation of societies and, above all, of prosperity, new questions and challenges for art and design arose: where once overloaded furniture found a place in magnificent halls, chandeliers could be resplendent in dome-roofed rooms at heights of many metres, "modern" living conditions demand modern solutions. 

Craftsmanship remains a constant in art and design. The luminaire manufacturer ORION has internalised this insight. 

Studying the masters of craftsmanship is an important source of inspiration for our contemporary collections.

The GALAXY collection, as the name suggests, points further into the future. Crystals and LEDs strive like photons away from the sun far into the depths of space. 

Visions of forms from the 1960s and 1970s have been unmistakably incorporated here.

Series such as LEROX, for example, focus on reduction to the essential and thus create the ideal basic shape for a light: the circle. Here, one is reminded of the great role models of Art Nouveau: 
ceiling and pendant luminaires in the shape of spheres and drops, the epitome of the Viennese coffee house. 

From the Pioneers to the 
Icons of the Present

The pioneers - Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier, Frank Llyod Wright, to name but a few - shaped modernism from their knowledge of past design paths. The dissolution of all forms and rules, already accomplished in art through abstraction, enabled them to recompose these forms with playful joy or rational rigour. 

Their successors reinterpreted this once again: the deconstructivism of Frank Gehry contrasts with an uncompromising futurism à la Zaha Hadid. Vertical forests on urban residential buildings replace nature. Curved, sinuous, multi-coloured LED strips illuminate our interiors just as much as simple warm white light strips or contemporary interpretations of chandelier classics.

Form follows function

The above-mentioned reduction, simplification, creation of clear lines is a liberation from the object's overload of form and function. 

The piece of furniture, the light, the room - they all no longer have to be pompous to convey imposance, wealth or power. They can shake off all ornamental accessories and radiate from the perfection of their simple, clear form.

Modernism has understood the beauty of the essential: Form and function. 

Modern style

The greatest achievement of modernism is probably the breaking down of all formal restrictions and constrictions. There is no longer a rule for what is "right". Concepts of beauty are no longer dictated by a privileged class that is the only one with the means to conform to them. 

Beauty is created through the free combination of styles, through the mixing of forms, through the joy of one's own creativity. Cross-over is thus, so to speak, the miracle formula of modernity.

LED ceiling light LEROX, gold, Ø 40cm
LED chandelier PRISM, 24 carat gold plated
SHADE Pendant Light, white finish, with conic, white lampshade, Ø 70cm


ORION collections such as BALL, SHADE or PRISM are good examples of this. Basic geometric shapes such as sphere and prism are creatively explored until timeless lights are created that match modern furnishings as well as period furniture or antique interiors: and with colours ranging from light and pastel to dark and shrill - that is the strength of modernity.