NEMO | Light that crosses time
The path of evolution of lighting by Nemo extends along two parallel lines, namely the creation of contemporary icons and the development of the ‘Masters’ collection, a range of lamps designed by the great masters of the 20th century, like Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Vico Magistretti, Franco Albini and Kazuhide Takahama. This second direction includes the Lampe de Bureau created by Charlotte Perriand in 1965: a project that arose from the need to light the faces reflected in the mirror of a cabinet designed for the famous French glassworks Boussois. The Lampe de Bureau First appeared in the wall version, and was later transformed as a table lamp: the gray steel stem is attached to a darker base, raised and almost suspended, while the translucent glass diffuser comes in white for the outer surface, green, red, blue and blue-gray for the outer finish.
ELIE SAAB MAISON| Suspended pearls
The synthetic style, but at the same time characterised by turgid and opulent volumes, typical of Art Déco in the first half of the last century, is the main source of inspiration for the collection developed by Elie Saab Maison together with architect Carlo Colombo. Among the novelties presented is Pearl, a chandelier with an original and sophisticated character whose large structure is composed of geometric elements with rounded shapes. Simple and minimalist, the metal structure that makes up the suspension body acts as a support for the diffusers that contain the light sources dotting the structure. Like pearls of light on an antique jewel, light diffusers dot the lamp’s structure. The luminous effect is remarkable because, when the light sources are switched on, the structure almost disappears from view, and the light pearls seem to float suspended in space.
LASVIT | It All Comes from Above
The Constellation range of lamps designed by architect David Rockwell for Lasvit has seen the addition of some new light fittings. In keeping with the original concept behind the collection, that takes inspiration from the sparkling New York nightscape and the suggestion of the iconic celestial view that decorates the entire vault of Grand Central Terminal at Manhattan, the new lamps recall three constellations. Ursa Minor, that borrows its name from one of the most impressive groups of stars, is an elegant chandelier; Cassiopeia, that also takes its name from an important constellation, is a new wall light; finally Gemini extends the range of lamps with a table version. The three pieces are the latest additions to the range that already includes a horizontal suspension, a wall light and a floor lamp, expression of the constellations Cassiopeia, Tri Star and Polaris.
VENINI | Blithe spirit
In 1948, Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini invented the Fazzoletto vase, an object destined to become an archetype. Today, 75 years later, this invention finds new functionality. Under the artistic direction of Studio Marco Piva, Fazzoletto – which last year was reinvented as a table lamp: Fazzoletto Fantasmino – now becomes a pendant lamp. Hence the name, Fazzoletto Volante. An object that ironically evokes the floating of a spirit (presumably a blithe one, as in Noël Coward’s comedy) and gives this historical design a new functionality. The lamp can be installed individually or in multiple compositions and is equipped with a mechanism that allows the height to be adjusted to create ever-changing atmospheres. «I wanted to give new life to an iconic and always contemporary object by transforming it into an ethereal, light element that finds a further identity in the combination of glass and light», explains Marco Piva. The result is an elementary and brilliant invention. Which stems from the ability to see things from ever new perspectives.
GIORGETTI | Playing with shapes
Playful and versatile, the new collection of accessories for the living room presented by Giorgetti consists of two elements designed to integrate perfectly with one another. One is MIA, a pouf with a strong sculptural impact made up of a cylindrical padded structure in polyurethane that can be covered in fabric or leather. The other is WOODY, a side table with organic forms made from wood but also available in a padded pouf versions, also covered in fabric or leather. The distinctive feature of the collection is the fact that the two pieces can be used separately but have also been designed to fit together perfectly, like two pieces of a puzzle. The clever and sophisticated visible angular shape of MIA enables the pouf to be fitted into the WOODY table that in turn features a curved and irregular profile.
MISSONI HOME | A lexicon, reinvented
Colours and graphic rhythms go hand in hand, as in the brand’s DNA. A visual language that is renewed by new signs and colour combinations. While the shapes take the direction of a simplification that combines functionality and joyful aesthetics. The Nastri pattern is one of the symbols of this new course: made of jacquard fabric, the pattern becomes material and acquires density and thickness. It covers seats but also becomes the top of a coffee table or a blanket. The lines that run through it are like threads weaving into a ball of yarn, a theme that has always been dear to the brand. All the new patterns are used to cover poufs of various shapes, furnishing elements that can be placed side by side to create evolving domestic scenes, to be changed as often as one likes. And where the keynote is created by the oversized, pictorial carpets that define a 100% Missoni mood.
AGRESTI | Hidden in plain sight
Balanced between the tradition of crafts and technology, the creations of Agresti have completely changed the concept and look of safes, transformed from concealed functional elements to décor complements of refined charm. The impression is that of sculptures created by hand, which incorporate opening mechanisms for maximum security. The units contain personalized inner configurations, ready to store any type of precious content. The bespoke approach can also be seen in the new Gioia Metal safe: made in steel (for easy insertion in existing furniture) and opened by means of a numerical digital keypad, this model has an elegant, tactile inner chamber, with the possibility of out-fitting with rotors for automatic watches, entirely made in Switzerland.
SAHARAI | Cardinal Directions
The Kaleido of Life Collection is enriched with a new series of carpets designed for Saharai by Marcel Wanders. After Allure, Charme and Lush, presented last year, the carpet family expands to include North, South, East and West, four creations by the Dutch designer inspired by neoclassical decorations. All the decorative components of these creations seem to take on a harmonious and hypnotic order as if they were filtered through the lens of a kaleidoscope which radiates the decorative motifs along the straight lines traced by the four cardinal points. The structure of North, South, East and West recalls the ceilings and vaults of royal residences throughout Europe but it is the 3D manufacturing that characterises the carpets. The surface of the carpet is very complex to the touch, like fine bas-reliefs carved in marble.