Milan 2017 – Italian lighting design company Foscarini explores the emotional nuances of light and shadow with the FARE LUCE exhibition curated by Beppe Finessi. Architect Giovanni Maria Filindeu created a path through six different installations within the flagship store in Via Fiori Chiari 28 – MM2 Brera.
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“Light and shadows are the most essential elements that can grant meaning to an architectural space, transforming it into a destination,” says Filindeu. “I intended the effect of being immersed in these environments as a voyage that trigger emotions and memories by the manifestation of light”.
The first room showcases an all-white space with a delicate lace sky evocative of a Sunday afternoon in early spring. “The lighting is inspired by bright childhood memories. A bright environment not necessarily candid and peaceful.” Say At Foscarini to Archipanic.
In the second space light acts as a shaping geometrical force. Walls and ceiling are covered in wood with natural light beaming though round openings. Visitors move then to a chapel-inspired interior designed to discover the softly glowing gift of sacred light. Sardinian granite narrates a mystic feeling while a pulsing candle flame dances within a bare minimal environment.
Giovanni Maria Filindeu personal references also appear. Drapes frame a sunrise photographed from a Sardinian beach where he used to go as a child. The tour continues along a rainbow to the courtyard where the light, on two Apuan marble braziers, becomes flame and so force and energy. The journey ends in a Milanese courtyard where pillars nest the primordial lightsource: fire.
Giovanni Maria Filindeu is a musician as well, For FARE LUCE, he composed a musical soundtrack that accompanies visitors along their tour. “Each setting becomes a resonating chamber, with its own material, proportions and sound. Music thus becomes the voice of light” Said Filindeu to Archipanic.
All photos by G. Koren, courtesy of Foscarini.
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