Milan 2014: Foscarini
Italian lighting brand Foscarini has launched a new collection of floor, wall and suspension lamps at this year's Salone del Mobile 2014.
Designed by Jean Marie Massaud, the Lightwing is a floor lamp with a long, slim stem that supports an LED light source and an adjustable asymmetrical screen that reflects and directs the light creating wing-shaped shadows. Fixed to the structure with a sphere-shaped super-magnet, the asymmetrical screen can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically, so it can be positioned depending on its required function - from reading to ambient lighting.
Inspired by images of antique oriental lanterns and less exotic aviaries and bicycle wheel spokes, Vicente Garcia Jimenez and Cinzia Cumini have designed the Spokes hanging lamp. Ideal for both contract and residential use, the lightweight design filters light out through its metal rod diffuser creating an interplay of light and shadow onto the walls.
Ferruccio Laviani's branch-like Tuareg floor lamp is made up of tubular elements joined together with visible screws. Its weight bearing structure, perfectly balanced by two invisible ballasts, is equipped with three LED light sources adjustable to 360° with touch dimmers that can be switched on or off completely independently. Ideal for large spaces such as entrances, halls, executive offices and showrooms, Tuareg is available in an orange which echoes the industrial feel of the anti-rust paints used to treat tubing, and a black chrome that recalls scaffolding.
Following on from their successful concrete Aplomb suspension lamp, Lucidi and Pevere have designed a wall-mounted version. Also made in concrete, the lamp has retained the assertive mark of its raw material, but reinterpreted it for its new purpose. Available in raw grey, white or warm brown, the oblique shape of Aplomb's diffuser allows for wide ranging light diffusion - from both the large opening at the top and the smaller one at the bottom. The beam of light directed upwards is reflected onto the walls and ceiling while the more delicate beam of light directed downwards, by contrast, creates a sophisticated interplay of light on the walls.
An extra large lamp has been added to the Rituals collection by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba. Inspired by traditional Japanese lanterns and the 1950s creations by Isamu Noguchi, the Rituals lamps are realized in blown, satin-effect glass that retains its decorative value even when it's switched off. The Rituals XL can be used to fill large spaces or to define various living areas both in the home environment and in contract spaces.
In addition, Foscarini has also launched a linear multiple ceiling flange, which joins the existing round version. With its unobtrusive design, the linear ceiling flanges are available in two sizes - 90 or 135cm / from 35 7/16" to 53 5/32" - and can be used alone or in sequence to create rows of various lengths. Designed for a maximum of nine hanging lamps, the multiple flange offers the perfect solution for open spaces.
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About the manufacturer: Foscarini has been one of the most respected and important producers of lighting designs for the past 30 years. The first collection of lamps was debuted in 1983, designed by Carlo Urbinati and Alessandro Vecchiato. Now, in 2013, the company opened two new venues in cities that symbolize contemporary design: Milan and New York.
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