Catellani & Smith introduced Luce D Oro as the first large collection in 1995. The light from the luminaires is directed onto gold-coated panes and again scattered into the room, reminiscent of the sun or fire. Macchina della Luce is another classic in gold, which is available as a pendant light with integrated LEDs and as a wall light.
Two years later, Stchu-Moon follows as a further development with a striking irregular surface in silver, copper or gold, fascinatingly illuminated by a lamp.
In 2002 Enzo Catellani presented the Fil de Fer collection, an innovative ball of wire mesh, with great success. The production is carried out by fifteen people today.
With Post Krisi, the Italian designer opened a chapter in 2004, which he himself called "the Chapter of Colors". For the first time, he uses color in the design of the lights, which interact with form and light to create an interplay of transparency and shadow. The lights made of colored lacquered glass fiber fabric with irregularly fringed edges irritate and inspire the viewer equally.
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Catellani & Smith lamps are the epitome of Italian craftsmanship. The successful Italian design label continues to manufacture entirely by hand and in small quantities. No lamp is completely the same, each is unique.
The Italian designer Enzo Catellani founded the company in 1989 in Bergamo, where the factory and showroom are still located in an old, rustic mill.
His first catalog showed how creative and imaginative Enzo Catellani is, in which he dedicated the founding of the company to the Italian blacksmith Carlo Catellani and the British architect Logan Smith. His father's real name was Carlo, and Logan Smith was his horse at the time. This story not only testifies to the esprit of the designer, but also to his way of not taking himself too seriously, but rather letting his work speak for itself. Catellani initially created lighting installations for churches, museums or trade fairs - with resounding success. The high demand will soon result in the serial production of commercial designer lights.
The crisis in the German lighting market in 2004 prompted Catellani to no longer manufacture his creations from glass, but from composite materials that could be shaped according to his taste. He discovered glass wool, the fabric of which he changed so that suggestive shadows are created on the wall. This was the birth of the Post Krisi lighting series, which contributed significantly to the international success of the brand.
Under the motto “Eco-Logic Light”, Catellani & Smith has been using LED technology since 2008. The focus is not only on energy efficiency, but above all on the quality and color of the light that exudes calm. Catellani uses LEDs to construct minimalist luminaires, but also illuminates the popular reflector panes refined with gold or silver leaf. For the Eco-Logic collections such as Moon, PK LED or Sorry Giotto, Catellani transfers known motifs into a new generation of light.
Even if the lamps from Catellani & Smith lamps are sold worldwide today and are among the showpieces of Italian lamp design, the company still works as a workshop. Although it is divided into different production units, each with ten to twelve people, the production is still subject to real manual work today.