Design – Mexican City-based studio David Pompa presents Magmatic Parallelism, a lighting design collection at the must-visit design platform Alcova during Milan Design Week. “We wanted to create tension by space to reinforce lightness by juxtaposing this aesthetic to the weight of the metals and stones.” David Pompa told Archipanic.
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Each collection piece contains two stone pieces hanging at different heights and joined by a metal part. Either horizontal or vertical, the lighting designs are defined by the parallelism of these two rocks. Dialoguing with the blue tiles of a room in a former military hospital, the luminous sculptures challenge the materials’ true nature.
“In Mexico, lava stone is charged with culture, traditions and contexts. We designed a collection that is both contemporary and deeply rooted in our culture’s poetics.” Pompa told Archipanic. “The materiality is the starting point for our design. Each combination between stone and metal created its own identity.”
Studio David Pompa challenges materials and unwraps their intriguing nature, revealing the beauty of imperfection. “Our aim is to have a deeper understating of our history, expressed through materials’ transformation that endures over time.”
With Magnetic Parallelism, the studio brings its signature into the physical space, setting materials into focus by exploring the deconstruction of volcanic events. Different pedestals display atypical stone objects lined up and arising into a new perspective.
Visitors can experience of lava solidification as well as the production process behind the pieces, visualizing the connection between what they sense and the aesthetics of the collection.
In a second room, David Pompa also presents a brass and floret stone series arranged in a linear way. Each piece is perfectly balanced by the heaviness of its elements and proportionally centred by elongated brass surfaces.
All photos: courtesy of David Pompa.