Luce fredda, interazione calda

Salone del Mobile 2014, insieme Fuorisalone, sottoinsieme Zona Tortona, sottoinsieme proprio Superstudio Più: qui si trovava Art-Interaction, una piccola installazione che ha presentato un paio di interessanti progetti di design reattivo.

I ragazzi di [archiattack]studio hanno pensato di trasformare in oggetto il fascio di luce di un faretto da concerto. Ecco come nasce cuHop, una lampada a forma di cuopp’ (evocazione partenopea geniuslocale) prodotta da Slide. La luce cambiava e si trasformava con la musica, ma anche con il canto e le parole dei visitatori che avevano a disposizione un microfono.

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Il secondo progetto era “8 minutes” di Roberto Fazio, che ha scelto di collegare la sua installazione luminosa con il satellite GOES 15 del NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, che si trova a circa 36.000 chilometri da Milano. I led nello scantinato del Superstudio Più reagivano all’attività del Sole, ricreando un’esplosione fredda ed emozionante.

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Re-lighting Gino Sarfatti Edition N°1 by Flos

flos-sarfatti-edition1-1-thumb-620x505-57412My new article for Cool Hunting

Gino Sarfatti is possibly the most important lighting designer in the history of Italian design. Between founding the beloved Arteluce in 1939 and selling it to Flos in 1973, the self-taught designer had over 600 lamps and “light fittings” under his name. 2012 would have been Sarfatti’s 100th birthday, and to mark this occasion Flos joined up with curators Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi Sarfatti to create the first-ever Italian retrospective at the Triennale di Milano.

In celebration of his experimental take on lighting, professionals and the general public alike were invited to re-envision his masterpieces, which are now on display next to the rare historic pieces. Flos accepted this challenge and chose to only reengineer the inside components, leaving Sarfatti’s original shapes to shine. This falls particularly in line with Sarfatti’s progressive approach to lighting, as a designer always ready to adopt new solutions like the first halogen lights.

The upshot of this deeply technical operation is “Re-lighting Gino Sarfatti,” a first edition of five timeless lamps, to be followed in the future by additional collections. Each lamp of the new line is based on LEDs and the handsome marriage of contemporary, energy-saving light sources with retro form.

The original “Modello 607,” a table lamp based on halogen lighting, is now turned into a mass of 42 tiny LEDs, screened off by a diffusor. The shape and functional details are identical to the 1971 design, even in the central dimmer at the base.

The most intense technical intervention is probably that of the “Modello 1095.” This floor lamp is a simple tube that was meant to carry a 12V halogen lamp on top. But as it is, there’s no space for heat-sinks, making it necessary to use LEDs to maintain the same intensity and quality of lighting. Flos technicians found the solution in a patented water cooling system, which makes water flow up and down all along the rod while the lamp is in use.

“Modello 1063” was designed in 1954 and was essentially a vertical fluorescent tube. The original base hosted an electromagnetic ballast. Today this volume is used to hide the dimming system and other electronic devices. In this case too, the neon light has been replaced with a LED module with variable light temperature.

The most iconic piece of the collection is probably “Modello 548,” a classic table lamp with reflected and diffused light, and a characteristic colored cup-shaped diffuser. The main innovation is this case is in old push button switch, which has been turned into an optical dimming sensor.

“Modello 2129” was designed by Sarfatti in 1969 and is an incredibly elegant arc-shaped droplight that can rotate 360 degrees. The only wire is hosted by a transparent tube and, thanks to a counterweight, the reflector can freely be moved up and down. As for the other lamps, the original incandescent light bulb has been replaced with a wide LED surface.

Currently on view through 14 May 2013 at the Flos Professional Space in Milan, the Gino Sarfatti Edition N°1 collection will be on sale later this year in selected design and furniture shops worldwide.

Let there be light

Milano

La luce è diventata un bene prezioso. Non solo quella dei diamanti, anche quella delle nostre case.

Ormai facciamo tutti attenzione ai led che restano accesi, alle lampadine a risparmio energetico e facciamo in modo che le lampade giuste diamo il valore giusto ai nostri ambienti.

Anche la moda ha capito che la luce è al centro della nostra attenzione, proponendo tutto quello che può riflettere, dalla pelle a specchio alle borchie, dalle paillette ai cristalli. Durante il tour in corso, anche Jovanotti si muove nel buio con una giacca bordata di led, proprio in apertura di concerto.

Oggi è sperimentazione da palcoscenico, ma sono pronto a scommettere che tra qualche anno vedremo oggetti veramente luminosi ed illuminanti non solo nelle nostre case, ma anche sul nostro corpo.