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July/August 2019

From a groundbreaking seaside museum in China to an elegant new sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Azure’s July/August issue unveils the 20 winners of the ninth annual AZ Awards!

AZ Awards, Meridiana, Davide Groppi

The Italian lighting designer Davide Groppi is known for his particular sleight of hand – a preternatural ability to produce dramatic lighting effects by way of the most aesthetically minimal light fixtures. The latest addition to his eponymous brand’s Spatial Concept line – the Meridiana wall lamp – is exemplary. 

Visually, Meridiana consists simply of two metal arms – measuring two metres and two-and-a-half metres – that extend from their point of intersection like the hands of a giant invisible clock. But, as with Groppi’s entire oeuvre, there is more to the fixture than meets the eye.

AZ Awards, Meridiana, Davide Groppi
“The Meridiana light creates a beautiful glow that seamlessly blends a patentable technology with minimal form, successfully playing with graphics, light and shadow without overpowering its environment.”
Matt Carr

Behind the magic of Meridiana is a patented innovation called Endless – a power strip that, when adhered to the wall, replaces the cable wiring of old with a digital solution. It can be installed wherever an electrical current is needed. In Meridiana, Endless is affixed beneath the longer arm of the fixture to power the LED strip integrated into the shorter one. The result is a diffuse ambient glow emanating from a strong, graphic statement. 

As Groppi characterizes it, Meridiana is an exercise in combining light, shadow and time.

AZ Awards category Design: Lighting Fixtures Project Meridiana Designer Davide Groppi, Piacenza, Italy Manufacturer Davide Groppi, Piacenza, Italy

AZ Awards 2019 Winner: Meridiana

This ultra-minimalist wall light by Davide Groppi takes the Design: Lighting Fixtures prize.

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