Drawing Light, Luminaire Lab’s latest exhibition, is an exploration of the details, elements, and construction that create ethereal lighting objects. Produced in partnership with FLOS, the innovative Italy lighting design brand, the exhibition features an exclusive debut of the new Wireline by Formafantasma and the reissued Chiara floor and table lamp by Mario Bellini.
Occupying the window gallery of the showroom, the exhibition features an installation of several Wireline fixtures, intermixed and suspended from the ceiling above. In Wireline, the cable is flattened to resemble a rubber belt. Hanging from the ceiling, it exhibits a juxtaposition of materials and shapes, with modest, industrial, flattened rubber laying in contrast with the more sophisticated, and seemingly more noble, extruded tube of glass that acts as the design’s enchanting light source. These complete pieces are complemented by a dissection of the component parts of the unique light.
Available for the first time in the United States starting June 29th, Wireline personifies the design ethos of Formafantasma, where practicality, technology, and social responsibility collide with art after well-considered, extensive research.
In addition to the exclusive debut of Wireline, the recently reintroduced Chiara lamps by Mario Bellini create an assemblage of figures that are playfully arranged to showcase the unique structure of the 1969 design. Chiara was born from a large two-dimensional sheet of cardboard, a surface he sketched and rolled like European origami with a winged shaft at the top of the cylinder to form a three-dimensions object that funnels light in varied directions for a consuming, gentle atmosphere in any room.
Both designs are representative of the innovative philosophy of FLOS. Founded in Merano in 1962, FLOS is recognized boasts a catalogue packed with iconic lamps created by legendary names in the history of design including Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Piero Lissoni, Marcel Wanders, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Patricia Urquiola, Ron Gilad, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Michael Anastassiades, Vincent Van Duysen, Nendo, Formafantasma, and many others. Throughout its history, FLOS has grown significantly, showing a constant commitment to research and innovation in lighting, teamed with a remarkable capacity for identifying new creative talent.