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Together with Artemide and Flos, Foscarini definitively ranks among the major Italian lighting manufacturers. Avant-garde and contemporary design are the terms that immediately come to mind, when one tries to describe Foscarini designer lights. Hardly any other manufacturer displays such a rich array of unconventional, innovative light-fixtures and lighting objects capable of exuding luxury in spite of reduced shapes. Foscarini Caboche or Foscarini Havana are design icons of our time, and the series Foscarini Tress or Foscarini Twiggy are convincing examples of a successful synthesis of technique and design. Whether they are made of glass, acrylic glass, polyethylene or Kevlar®, Foscarini light-fixtures play with colour, light distribution and light quality. As a result, the illumination of rooms gains an emotional note.
A DRAMATIC CHANGE: FROM MURANO GLASS TO KEVLAR®
Foscarini is one of the very few light manufacturers that was able to undergo such a radical change in his design philosophy within such a short time. Founded on the Venetian island Murano in 1981, the history of Foscarini began with blown glass. Initially, Foscarini produced unique hand-blown glass lights for hotels and businesses, mainly in the Far East. In 1983, the two first collections by today's owners, Carlo Urbinati and Alessandro Vecchiato, already demonstrated the radical change undergone by the company's design philosphy. Since then, Foscarini has not only insisted on working in collaboration with renowned masters like Patricia Urquiola or Marc Sadler, but also expanded its range of products and materials. Today the company still produces lighting fixtures made of glass, like the Foscarini Gregg series. However, the most unconventional designs are made of polyethylene, wood, aluminium or the exclusive patented Kevlar® or carbon fibre that are used for the unique woven structure of the Foscarini Tress lights.
THE TRENDY FOSCARINI LIGHT FIXTURES WRITE THE STORY OF LIGHT DESIGN
The best-known Foscarini designer lights are made of unusual materials with surprising shapes. One of them is the Foscarini Havana series designed by Jozef Forakis in 1993, which is also part of the permanent collection in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. These cigar-shaped lights would have been too heavy if made of glass, which is why Foscarini and Forakis relied on yellow polyethylene and transparent polypropylene.
The Foscarini Tress series by Marc Sadler is made of interwoven threads that have been soaked in resin and are reminiscent of basket making. The main idea was an interplay between full and empty spaces, of interwoven light and material that are always diversely distributed, depending on how the lamp is used. It recalls the warm touch of fabric and creates a highly suggestive visual and tactile sensory effect.
To confirm its position as talent scout, Foscarini founded the Foscarini Lab in 2007 where young industrial designers can realize their creative ideas and have them produced in series.
FOSCARINI - APPEALING DESIGN FOR THE SENSES
The new light collections by Foscarini reflect the continuous innovative power of the Italian company. Suspensions like Foscarini Chouchin by Ioanna Vautrin or Foscarini Planet confer a new kind of cosiness to the rooms - understated colours or stitched fabric softly filter the light into the room and structures the living spaces with sensual designs. Design made in Italy can be successfully paired with oriental wisdom, as demonstrated by the LED table lamp Foscarini Anisha. The O-shaped table lamp draws a clear circle around a void to create a maximal effect. This is the unmistakable sign of excellence.