Italy has always been a country taken with beauty and art. Gorgeous fountains, beautiful mosaics and the swirling colours found in the world famous Murano glass all spill from this Mediterranean country. With this in mind I ventured out hopefully, looking for some evidence that Italy was still home to bright sparks with a creative flair. I needn’t have worried as I found evidence that the passion for La Dolce Vita burns as strongly as ever.
LucidiPevere – Fiam
Graceful, delicate and artistic are three words that easily describe the furniture, if you can call the pieces of art Fiam create mere “furniture”. They pushed past the boundaries of regular glass usage, mere vases or ornaments and created pared down designs that seem to capture the very essence of the element.
The pieces themselves add an airiness to whatever room they’re placed in, the glass they’re sculpted from reflecting the light and giving them an other worldly charm, like you’ve stumbled into a fairy kingdom. I believe the most dazzling of the works to be by Paolo Lucidi and Luca Pevere , collectively known as LucidiPevere.
I can only imagine how pretty they must look in sunlight, imagine the rainbows you could create.
Luicidi Pevere have also turned their hand to some distinctly urban lighting schemes that can be viewed at Foscarini.com,(sneak preview below).
Anna Ferrieri – Kartell
A plethora of choices can be found here, I was a complete loss until I settled on the idea that functional can be beautiful, which lead me easily to Anna Ferrieri’s Componibili. Simple modular furniture that fits together, in a stylish and unassuming manner. It can be featured in almost any room in the house. Seamlessly melding function and fashion it was such a revoloution at the time that it earned her a spot in the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Other designers at Kartell follow the same theme of practicality, ease and style.
Antonio Calligaris – Calligaris
Originally a family company that started with a simple chair design Calligaris has blossomed into a a great source of contemporary furniture and innovative design. In the past 20 years they have moved on from using only wood and straw and have experimented with a variety of materials, ending up with a great deal more to their name than the simple Marocca chair they began with. They make my list simply for their drive, determination and imagination.
Achille Castiglioni – Zanotta
This late, great man made pieces of furniture that are still inspiring people after his death. His work is minimalist with simple clean lines that illustrate his background in architecture. One of the founders of the Industrial Design Association, his furniture has won multiple awards and it’s easy to see why glossy, smooth articles they are both timeless and modern.
Ludovica and Roberto Palomba – Foscarini
This powerhouse duo has created some truly inspired pieces of art that also seem to double as lamps. They have certainly earned the multiple awards they own the Compasso D’Oro, Red Dot and Good Design Award to name a few. Organic looking orbs that glow softly in a garden reminiscent of fireflies, and gently sweeping lamp shades suspended over tables like flower heads presiding over a picnic, simply gorgeous.
Sarah Connor is obsessed with interior design, especially work from Italian design houses such as Kartell and Calligaris.