und Messing Lighting Collection Pushes Brass to Its Limits


Volker Haug Studio returned to Italy for Milan Design Week for the first time since 2019 with the und Messing lighting collection. Meaning “and brass,” und Messing explores the brand’s cornerstone material by pushing it to the limits of experimentation, along with their own capabilities. The series of designs came together over the past two years, sharing a material but individually revealing the hand of its maker through nuanced traces of their process.

brass lighting collection in styled room with dark rust walls

The Melbourne-based studio has had a strong focus on working locally for 15 years, and und Messing refreshed that commitment to their community. Local craftspeople allowed them to make real-time decisions, chasing after unusual traits revealed during the hand-manipulation production. In fact, Volker Haug’s design team forewent sketches altogether, instead opting to dive right into prototyping for these reasons. These personalized touches give und Messing its unique personality in the end. Various colors of brass – from polished to dark – give each piece of lighting its own fingerprint, making them all one-of-a-kind.

brass lighting collection in styled room with dark rust walls

brass lighting collection in styled room with dark rust walls

wall sconces in styled room with dark rust walls

table lighting in styled room with dark rust walls

wall sconces in styled room with dark rust walls

wall sconces in styled room with dark rust walls

wall sconce in styled room with dark rust walls

table and floor lighting in styled room with dark rust walls

pendant lighting in styled room with dark rust walls

floor lighting collection in styled room with dark rust walls

Half Buckle \ Photo: Pier Carthew

table lighting collection in styled room with dark rust walls

Loose Thread \ Photo: Pier Carthew

wall sconce in styled room with dark grey walls

Plane \ Photo: Pier Carthew

wall sconce in styled room with dark grey walls

Wall Buckle \ Photo: Pier Carthew

wall sconce in styled room with dark grey walls

Wall Index \ Photo: Pier Carthew

To learn more about und Messing, visit volkerhaug.com.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.



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