May 16 is celebrated as UNESCO International Day of Light every year. To mark the annual occurrence, lighting designer Sergio Boccia shares 10 lighting designs that have defined illumination for the past seven decades.
Akari Light Sculptures
Designer: Isamu Noguchi for Ozeki & Co
Fragile, poetic, ephemeral as falling leaves, those lanterns are ageing with us.
Designer: Serge Mouille
Technically this lamp has a phytomorphic geometry. Or a part of female anatomy.
Designer: Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni for Flos
Designed to be an innovative desk lamp that projects indirect lighting. Almost 60 years later, it seems people have forgotten how it works. It’s a piece that brings to mind the phrase Perle ai porci which in English means pearls for swine.
VP Globe Verpan
Desginer: Verner Panton
In the year of the moon landing, a series of lamps exploring the subtle nuances of coloured light.
Designer: Ettore Sottsass
Even David Bowie was a fan and had a collection of these Memphis lamps.
Designer: Ingo Maurer
Design elevating our spirit.
Designer: Carl Öjerstam for IKEA
It costs 5€. Need I say more?
Designer: Zaha Hadid for Zumtobel
A museum, a dildo, a bench. Produced in limited edition and available for 260,000€.
Designer: Davide Groppi
If light were a musical note, this would be silence.
Designer: Piero Castiglioni
A lamp projected to the future. An invention celebrating the progress in science and technology.
When everyone was shying away from displaying the led dotted strip, Piero Castiglioni made it bold and naked.
And lighting porn was born.
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