’More than lamps – pure emotions’ claims about their products the renowned Italian factory, Foscarini, established in 1981 in Murano. Their first collection was launched in 1983, which 30th anniversary was celebrated by showroom openings in New York and Milano. The first lamp not designed in-house but by a designer was introduced in 1985, ever since many other models were born which are regarded as important in design history, including the first non-glass polyethylene lamp, Havana in 1993 or the Caboche family by Patricia Urquiola which are excellent examples of the timeless design.
OLUCE, founded by Giuseppe Ostuni in 1945, is the only Italian design lamp producer who is present in the market practically with the same collection from the beginning.
The OLUCE models are milestones in the history of Italian design. Its manufacturing and design are founded on the earliest traditions; using decades of experience are these sometimes peculiar-looking lamps created, numbed into iconic, determinant pieces of arts.
In their line of designers one can find the most talented members of the Italian design trade. The Oluce met young Joe Colombo in the early ‘60s; his model series have been part of the collection until today in the original form. Young Vico Magistretti joined the line of designers in the beginning of ‘70s who quickly became one of the most influential masters in the design world. And now, on the dawn of the newest era, Oluce is still able to keep its actuality and open their gates before the contemporary talents, whose strengths lies in their ability to form fresh, new trends in their own specific language.
Oluce is synonymous with its designers and their creations. In its design-consciousness identifies with Vico Magistretti who prefers the prefect geometry, with classicist-modernist Joe Colombo, with inspired minimalist Toshiyuki Kita and Laudani&Romanelli, with Emmanuel Babled who represents a striking energy, with reticent Gordon Guillaumier and Carlo Colombo and with Astori de Ponti’s solid elegance.
GUBI is the representation of something new and old, or in other words, GUBI products are timeless design icons.
They invite for a continuous journey during which past and future design icons are to be discovered. The aim of the factory is to reach a prominent place on the map of international design in a way that it revives works of designers maybe less known today but respected and considered to be forward-looking in their time in the past. Names to mention here: Greta M. Grossmann’s lamps and furniture, Jacques Adnet’s mirrors and Robert Dudley Best’s lamps. For a piece to be included in a collection it has to contain something special. This can be a virtuoso form or a special material or technology applied.
Each and every GUBI model inherently carry the specialty that its presence is justified in the quality interiors by the time of design (in the past) and by reproduction (in the present).
This is why we call these as design icons.
Each model is born as a concept. The dream shapes when it is put on paper. Creation starts here.
NEMO follows a simple principle: it shapes the concepts of its designers in order to relish in their sight. It creates outstanding objects which become intrinsic part of our interior spaces and as an addition to the main elements, enhance the harmonic unity of the environment.
The factory was established in 1993 by Franco Cassina and Carlo Forcolini. From the beginning until today they are launching new pieces every year. Besides Forcolini, whose ‘Hydra’ lamp was well-known from the moment of its design (1999), numerous contemporary talents contributed in the collection.
From Regulus by Giancarlo Fassina, through Ilaria Marelli’s Ara standing lamp, to Frizzi by Karim Rashid, the pieces in the whole collection are independently individual elements of the contemporary modern spaces.