Basket 2010 bei Superdesign
Lusterdesign von Marco Dessí für Lobmeyr
Together with Vessel Gallery, we will present prototypes of a new chandelier by young talented Italian designer Marco Dessí, who has designed the "grip" series for us last year at Superdesign, the design festival during Frieze art fair.
Being very familiar with our product Marco Dessí approached this project by skimming through our regular range as well as our archives identifying interesting materials, processes and techniques. He has been caught by the relation between emotional and cool technical aspects of function and manufaction of a lighting furniture.
The starting point for the project was then a traditional baroque chandelier from around 1720, one of the oldest types from our line with glass arms. Dessí uses the same material as these arms – but in a totally different way. The hexagonally bent and welded tube elements are “woven” onto six coloured silk cords and form a basket-like diffuser of technical beauty. The construction of the body quotes the lightness of the material by resembling the woven texture of the namesake textile which also is a feature of Lobmeyr’s traditional silk-thin Musseline crystal. Also the structural elements of the fixture, the cords and suspension, both feature the silken touch being made of this precious fabric. (Please see video below for illustration)
Another inspiration important for the flexibility and mood of the concept are traditional Arabian oil fuelled pendants and later baroque lanterns. They both protect the light source in their centre and can be hung flexibly as single piece, in pairs or in larger clusters to create bespoke architectonic settings.
At Superdesign London a 49 pieces limited edition will be presented by Vessel Gallery.
A very precious silver plated version with smoke grey glass and black silk cords is used. The silver is more massive than regular silver plating so that it facilitates polishing to retain the shiny silver finish with diligent care. However it can also be allowed to darken with time thus creating interesting patterns of age and sedateness.
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1 B4DA
14 – 17 October 2010; Open daily from 10am