Foscarini Tuesday 11 Sep 2012

International design innovator, Foscarini, showcased its new lighting products at the Venice Biennale this year with its Alegro, Beehive, Plass and Vivace designs.

Beehive suspension, designed by Werner Aisslinger, is inspired by nature. The lamp has gently rounded volume that is both sensual and elegant and is composed of a series of overlapping rings of different diameters, which create a unique lighting effect, making it the perfect synthesis of technology research and formal purity. Following the popular table lamp, the new suspension version of Beehive offers a warm, gentle light directed downwards. A diffuser screen located on the inside conceals the technical parts and allows light through.

Havana Outdoor Sospensione is a suspended lamp designed by Jozeph Forakis with a natural shape, warm diffuse and a gentle light that blends perfectly into any outdoor environment. The diffuser is a single rotational molded piece constructed out of high-quality polyethylene. Thus, it provides for a diffuse as well as atmospheric light distribution. The mounting of the Foscarini Havana Outdoor Sospensione is made of lacquered metal and the cable may be shortened up to one's needs. Havana Outdoor Sospensione is available in white and yellow.

Plass desinged by Luca Nichetto uses the pearl of ground glass, something simple yet fascinating in its transparency and its veining. Stop to think about the centuries-old tradition that produced such a widespread everyday object, beyond fashion and ages. Now multiply its dimensions, imagine it suspended in mid-air, illuminated by an internal glow that reflects on its engraved surface, creating a woven interplay of light. This is the inspiration behind Plass, designed by Luca Nichetto. The colors chosen for the diffuser - aquamarine and grey - are inspired by Murano glass and Venetian craftsmanship. As well as eliciting an atmosphere and an emotion, the color helps define the shape of the lamp, highlighting the thickness of the engravings on its surface. Due to its appeal, volume, material and shape, Plass is ideal for use in large spaces, including high ones, alone or in multiple compositions.

Technical Specifications:

 Beehive lamp - Material: ABS - polycarbonate, Colors: white, Measurements: 15 1/4" h. max 200"

Havana - Material: Polyethylene, Colors: white or yellow, Dimensions: H. max 370 x H. diffuser 130 x ø.23 cm, Bulb: incandescent (1x60W E26), fluorescent (1x12W E27),


Since its founding by Carlo Urbinati and Alessandro Vecchiato in 1981, Foscarini has collaborated with up-and-coming and established designers, including: Rodolfo Dordoni, Ferruccio Laviani, Marc Sadler, Luca Nichetto, Jean Marie Massaud, Giulio Iacchetti, Ionna Vautrin, Patricia Urquiola and Jozeph Forakis. With some 50 models by more than 30 designers in its collection, Foscarini creates original designs using new technologies, materials and expressions in form. Products are sold at 2,800 retail stores in 88 countries. Pieces from the collection have been selected for the permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York, and won Compasso D'Oro and Red Dot Awards. 

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A company that gives form to ideas. A creative and technological workshop that conceives, develops and produces not only lamps but pure emotions, in collaboration with many other designers from around the world. A company that is free, passionate, unconventional and right at the heart of the industry in which it thrives. This is Foscarini.