The new Pielettrico Lamp by Alvaro CatalÃ¡n de OcÃ³n and Francesco Faccin is the most recent addition to a growing sub-genre of uber-functional light pieces. Similar to previous entrants Seven-Up Chandelier, BIY Lamp, and Coil Lamp, Pielettrico distills the construct formerly known as "lamp" to its perfect essence. Just like the aforementioned lights, CatalÃ¡n de OcÃ³n's and Faccin's contribution puts essential structure on display, while eschewing adornment. Multiple parts for base and stem? Keep that for the days of yore. A shade? The new millennial brand of lamp dispenses with the notion, unless, of course, it's constructed of the very-same stuff that gives the light its life (the electrical cord).
Pielettrico Lamp. Designed by CatalÃ¡n de OcÃ³n and Faccin.
Pielettrico does throw a new wrinkle into this mix, however. The lamp's base doubles as the best looking power strip I've ever seen. The four ends of its simple X-shape are electrical outlets, so the mere act of plugging it in creates a new mini power grid. The junction-point of the four outlets (or "legs") serves as the port for Pielettrico's line of interchangeable illuminations. The design allows you to juice up proximal appliances while shining down Pielettrico's intriguing varieties of luminescence.
At last month's Salone, CatalÃ¡n de OcÃ³n and Faccin presented their "neon" prototype--a vertically oriented fluorescent tube light which rather looks like a Star Wars light saber to me. The nod to futurism is fitting, given that Pielettrico represents the kind of space, time, and power-saving concept that we all need a whole lot more of. But traditionalists needn't fret. An expanded series of changeable lights is forthcoming: "Classico," a traditional floor lamp (with shade, alas); "Tavolino," a floor lamp with integrated low table; and "Faretto," an adjustable lamp modeled after the look of an outdoor spotlight.