SERPENTINE
Gabi Peretto Wednesday 27 Apr 2011

Serpentine is the latest creation by Gabi Peretto for FontanaArte.

It is a hanging lamp with a flexible, sinuous shape. It is fitted with 270 LEDs along its lower surface to produce an extraordinary downward luminous flux. The use of LEDs allows lighting fixtures to be made in versatile shapes without the constraints of conventional light sources.

Gabi Peretto "The need and the search for new sources of energy and optimized energy consumption have led to the extensive use of new light sources: LEDs and fluorescent bulbs. Such innovations could not but influence the work of designers. Developments in design have always featured the pursuit of new balances between technical progress and innovative shapes. Each new innovation or invention has always led to more or less radical changes in the shape of objects. In the case of militant design, often Italian, the widespread use of LEDs could not go unnoticed. Design is the search for a balance of different impulses, but one predominates over all others: to represent contemporary times. The primary purpose of Serpentine is to fit into contemporary life, offering new technologies in harmony with its shape. A characteristic of LEDs is that they can be used to create versatile, luminous surfaces. This design project is intended to overcome the formal rigidity of conventional light sources, tubes and bulbs. The outcome is a tribute to spatial freedom and plasticism, thus the lamp appears as a curved, full-length light source, which previous technologies would never have been able to create. Serpentine is intended to bring a new versatile shape to lighting fixture design."


Hanging lamp. Curved, extruded aluminium structure with white RAL 9003 lacquer. Transparent power/suspension cables, with cable length adjustment system inside the cable duct and a slot on the fixture body with a balancing system. Ribbed methacrylate screen. Direct light emission.


Size: 124 x 6 x 2.6; cable duct 55 x 5 x 5
Lighting source: 270 Leds - 50W (0.2W/1Led), 1800 lm, (colour temperature 3300°K)

designer biog

Gabi Peretto

Born in Novara he lived in Milan where he graduated under Andrea Branzi with a thesis on the requalification of urban areas following the crisis of the relationship “shape/function.” From 1995 to 1997 he worked as an architect for various design studios: including those of Andrea Branzi in Milan and the Tamra Studio in Nagoya, Japan, where he designed buildings for Pachinko in Nagoya and Nagano. He founded his own company Omikron in 1998 where he designed the main collections. Since 1997 he has been working with companies in the lighting field, including FontanaArte. His works are published by specialized magazines such as Domus, Wallpaper, Interni, AD, Ottagono, DDN. He lives and works in Canton (PRC).