When it launched in 1959, Gino Sarfatti’s immediately iconic Le Sfere fixture was simple in concept and stunning in execution: a blown opaline sphere nestled in a black-painted aluminum ring. That simplicity is amplified to show-stopping scale when 16 (shown) to 24 orbs are grouped together and suspended from wires that seem to pour from the ceiling.
Selected for its ability to capture just the right colour of light, the elasticated technical fabric that shrouds Ilaria Marelli’s Belle de Jour floor lamp for Foscarini has a textural honeycomb pattern that comes into definition when the fixture is turned on. The shapely, flower-like form reads as a sculpture when off, lending a theatrical presence to its setting.
Individually handcrafted acrylic pieces are clustered together to give the Fluffy pendant by Modern Forms an ethereal cloud-like appearance. The silkscreened finish on the petals softly diffuses light while the contrasting textural trim provides definition to the organic shape. A magnetic installation system makes it easy to dismantle for cleaning.
Both lighthearted and poetic, Alessandra Dallagiovanna’s fixture for Davide Groppi taps into a desire to play with light. A bendable sheet of paper forms its basis; mini suction cups allow it to be moved around and repositioned to create three-dimensional waves. The LED “pen” clips onto the paper’s edge to diffuse soft ripples of light.
Fixtures by Astep, Foscarini, Modern Forms, and Davide Groppi create ambiance whether they’re turned on or not.