Milan 2019 – Lighting designs by Andrea Anastasio, Ferruccio Laviani, Marc Sadler, Ludovica+Roberto Palomba and moreare launched in Foscarini brand-new showroom, located in the strategic Corso Monforte – a.k.a the ‘lighting’ street thanks to the array of outstanding brands in the field of lighting design.
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THE NEW HEADQUARTERS – Ferruccio Laviani has re-organised and defined the architecture of the space “in terms of simplicity, making the volumes as ample and versatile as possible,” explains the designer. He choose to use bare concrete and simple wooden surfaces “to leave the products free to express themselves, and to be understood.”
The 450 sqm showroom is organized on two floors. “On the ground level, the display space has been designed for use as a zone of sale and reception, but also as a setting for artistic installations and product presentations.” A large underground level invites to explore the full range of lighting designs.
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THE NEW COLLECTIONS – Andrea Anastasio has designed MADRE, a ‘motherly’ table lamp contains a luminous vase in frosted borosilicate glass, where to place branches to create elegant compositions. The design is filled with poetic references. “It alludes to the large hips of mother goddesses, the divinities that protect the fertility of the earth. But also, the vessel as a container of life, because it was first created to contain food, rather than flowers.” Explains Anastasio.
Ferruccio Laviani has designed TOBIA, a portable tubular metal lamp with the most linear design. A straight vertical line loops to create a node which becomes a practical handle: an invitation to grip and move the nomadic design around the room. The light source is located at the upper end, projecting a luminous halo on the ceiling which in its turn create a cone of light in the room.
The wall-lamp version comes with light sources at both ends. The design is available in flux nuances, white, black and in liquid coated metal or aluminium. “I’ve been intending to do this project for a long time,” says Laviani. “[Tobia is] like a child’s drawing that outlines a body and a form to narrate a function.”
Marc Sadler’s NUÉE is a big, floating cloud of light suggesting “the choreographic movement of flocks of birds, sweeping across the sky in incredible abstract patterns,” explains the designer. The light is made by overlapping a three-dimensional technical fabric, which the light crosses in an irregular, evocative way. Dark zones appear against a white base, like a cloud that darkens its colour in the more compact areas.
Art Deco meets Memphis in the UPTWON lamp-sculpture By Ferruccio Laviani. Glass parts and semi-transparent fluorescent plexiglass sheets create a towering and charismatic architecture.
Humble and precious meet in Andrea Anastasio’s GIOIA wall lamp. Inspired by a pendant, the lighting design is composed by a larger plexiglass disc laser cut to host a marble oval pendant hiding the light source.
Other launches include also PALOMAR by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba which is inspired by sailors’ spyglasses, the flows-inspired BELLE DE JOUR by Ilaria Marelli and Tord Boontje’s SUN – LIGHT OF LOVE, composed of 390 rays reflecting light from a central nucleus.
All photos: courtesy of Foscarini.