Milan 2019 – Italian company Nemo has presented stellar lighting designs by Andrea Branzi, Doriana e Massimiliano Fuksas, Mario Bellini, Arihiro Miyake, Bernhard Osann and Federico Palazzari. The new range was inspired by the universal gravitational theory by Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, Moebius strip’s mathematics, Steve Jobs’ vision of the cloud and more.
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The legend says that Isaac Newton discovered the laws of gravity from an intuition sprung when an apple fell onto to his head. From here, Italian designer Andrea Branzi created the Newton floor LED lamp which features a chrome apple-shaped pendant which reflects the light.
The lighting design comes with a chrome metal structure and white painted aluminum diffuser or glossy black lacquered structure and diffuser in black and white painted aluminum. The diffuser rotates and illuminates the natural element, in a mixture of direct and diffused light. “After seventeen years the lamp is now put back into production with Nemo. It is not the first time that my projects are appreciated after many years”.
German scientist and gastronomist Johannes Kepler is best known for his laws of planetary motion which provided one of the foundations for Isaac Newton’s theory of universal gravitation. Japanaese designer Arihiro Miyake conceived the room as the outer space to create the Kepler family of pendant lamps. An endless line made through a 3D deformation process of extruded aluminium creates a luminous contrail recalling the free movement of a celestial body.
Inspired also by the mathematics and geometric principles of Moebius strip, the lighting design comes two versions, Uplight and Downlight, and two sizes. Kepler is available in powder coated aluminium, in matt white, gold or black and is available in two sizes.
Federico Palazzari has designed Ellisse a collection of LED suspension lamps. Large rings of light recalling the orbits of stars and planets can be composed to create stellar compositions. The collection features an opal diffuser and is available in different finishes, matt varnished in white, black and gold, natural brushed and shiny gold anodized. Ellisse is realized through a proprietary technology of coupling of the extrusions.
Bernhard Osann created Bird, a lamp defying the laws of physics with a linear lighting design . “The lamp was born from the bold attempt to overcome the laws of nature. It almost seems as if this succeeded. It balances at the limits of the impossible, like a bird. While the vertical element keeps the balance, the horizontal element emits the light”. Explain Bernhard Osann.
Mario Bellini reinterpreted digital spaces Nuvola – cloud in Italian. “Nuvola was designed to illuminate the office – and, why not, the home too. It also nods to Steve Jobs’ vision of the cloud”. The family of pendant lamps is also available in smaller sizes which come in natural opal polyethylene.
“UFO Unidentified Flying Objects, find their own identity through merging into luminous sculptural objects.” Say Doriana e Massimiliano Fuksas who designed Olympia. The floor lamp features moulded diffuser in sandblasted polycarbonate matt white and a stem in black painted aluminium.
Can light disappear? It could, according to Bernhard Osann who designed the Neo floor lamp. “If you include the conditions of a room in the design of a floor lamp, you see completely new possibilities,” says the designer.The luminaire can lean against the wall, without the need of a base. At the same time the wall can be used to create pleasant, indirect light.
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