Woodspot
Alessandro Zambelli Wednesday 18 Jun 2014

Alessandro Zambelli has conceived Woodspot for Mantua-based furnisher Seletti. Zambelli's new table lamp is assembled and varnished entirely by hand. Joined to the moulded support are a base and a light diffuser, both in pine with a natural finish. The diffuser itself is available in ivory white, flesh pink or pastel green. The base rests at an angle, like the prop of a photo frame. It supports a light diffuser with the unexpected look of a three-dimensional frame, projected to the boundary of unreality.

The object's highly unusual profile stands out. This is an iconic shape, which imposes itself on space. The emerging beam lightens the solid materiality of the wood and casts a warm and compact pool of light in the surrounding darkness. It may seem a figment of the imagination, yet it remains firmly anchored in a quintessentially material reality.

There is nothing schematic about Alessandro Zambelli's new design; it is a tale of the unexpected. Woodspot surprises, fascinates and enchants. It is a synthesis of material, light and shade, blurring the boundaries of everything. It sidesteps convention, resulting in a new and unusual ideal of beauty.