If you think this voluptuous chair and round ottoman (tethered by a thin back chord) resemble a woman giving birth, you are on to something. The chair that made Gaetano Pesce famous in 1969 (reissued in 1994), Up 5 is largely characteristic of the designer’s unique philosophy, imbuing personality into his designs through unconventional materials.
Every Spring, NYCxDesign runs for two weeks leading up to the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), but the Saturday evening prior to the kick off of ICFF is a festive night of open showrooms down in SoHo. Anyone who’s been to Open Showrooms knows that it means one thing; parties, and one of the best parties is hosted by Italian lighting designers Foscarini, which is where I like to start my evening. This year, I was completely smitten by Foscarini’s Orbital Floor Lamp, by architect and designer Ferruccio Laviani. The Orbital lamp pairs mid-century modern shapes with soft illumination to create a playful lamp for bold, contemporary interiors.
The Orbital Floor Lamp, a 1992 design by Laviani, features five glass shapes with large screw details. The glass shapes are individually backlit. Constructed of polished metal and silk screen-printed glass, the Orbital makes a timeless statement. Shown here in a multicolored lacquered finish, it is also available in white.
The Orbital Floor Lamp has a price point of $2,026.00 and is available online through a variety of outlets, or at any Foscarini Store globally.
This week in Eye on Design, we get a bit more in-depth to take you inside an exclusive industry party, held at the FLOS lighting showroom in Soho, for the launch of the Superloon floor lamp, designed Jasper Morrison.
Superloon is a minimally designed, flat disc lamp mounted on a gyroscopic axis atop a three-legged stand. The moon-inspired light surface for which the lamp is named is the result of a revolutionary Edge Lighting technology, which combines maximum performance, efficiency and visual comfort. Superloon includes the Dim-to-Warm function: as the intensity decreases, the light goes from a colder blue tone to a warmer spectrum, as seen with popular filament lamps.
The stem includes the Soft Touch sensor, which reinvents interaction with the product. This optical sensor guarantees a fluid and precise control of the light flow with a simple, natural touch of the hand.
Morrison offers the following insight about his inspiration to integrate this new technology with contemporary, modern design:
“A couple of years ago Piero Gandini showed me a new LED technology which consists of a ring of LEDs that send light sideways into the edge of a flat composite disc of translucent white material which, when lit, appears to be a flat white disc. Superloon is the answer to the question of what to do with this intriguing technology. Mounting the disc on a gyroscopic axis allows the light to be directed in infinite directions, while the light it gives out is broad and diffused but can be dimmed to a soft glow.”
In the above image, you can see easily how Superloon was inspired directly by the moon as a light source.
Superloon is ideal as ambient light or reading lamp, its emission of the light is adjustable in intensity and temperature thanks to the Warm Tone Dimming. And its definitely conversation piece in any room or setting.
The food was also pretty special. Design, Booze, Food: I had a great time this party!
Jasper Morison’s Superloon Floor Lamp is available for Purchase at FLOS, Located at 152 Greene Street (Corner of Houston), Soho, New York. Find a Location near You at This Link! Available Finishes: Chrome, Black, and White. Contact the Store for Pricing.