SPEECH : Architecture and the evolving aesthetic of light
by Carlotta de Bevilacqua
Thursday 19 / 3.20 Pm
Architect, lighting designer and vice president of the Artemide Group Carlotta de Bevilacqua explores how changes in contemporary society, new boundaries of the international markets and the evolving needs of the environment are contributing to a new aesthetic in lighting combined with innovative application of new research about photonic and interaction technologies.
The session with Carlotta de Bevilacqua will take place 19 November at 3.20pm, at the dedicated space within Lightspace dot London at the LuxLive fair.
Artemide a LuxLive
At LuxLive Artemide will display a range of lighting projects that interpret the needs of personal and public space, with solutions that are both subtle and seamlessly hidden in the space and add value to the architecture. A large area of the Artemide stand will be dedicated to architectural solutions that showcase the latest research technologies. These will include a full range of Pad system projectors featuring a compact, lightweight design and the latest LED technology; this system is developed with light quality, functionality and comfort at its core. The Cata collection works in transparency with different optical principles, exhibited in three versions: Catadiotropic, Tir and Wide; spot Airlite; and spot 37 Cube, are lights that strike a perfect balance between essential form and extreme precision.
The idea that light is a vital element to define different environments is at the basis of every lighting project in the architectural collection. Algoritmo is an open system that defines a new way of making light through an integrated and dynamic dialogue with architecture; Tagora system for diffused and comfortable lighting and the Everything series are all included in Artemide’s showcase.
Other highly innovative projects on display focus on workspace and office solutions. These include Grafa, an extremely thin fitting with complete control over the distribution of light; Incipit, a perfect light mixing optical, with mechanical and thermal qualities, and the floor light Chocolate.
Alongside the rich architectural catalogue, designed primarily by Carlotta de Bevilacqua, Artemide’s decorative collection will also be on display with a series of lights designed by leading international architects. Space Cloud and Chlorophilia, designed by Ross Lovegrove; Unterlinden by Herzog & De Meuron, and Vigo by David Chipperfield are just a few examples. These are all products that interpret the lighting culture and philosophy of Artemide with a unique elegance.
The front of the stand will be divided into 3 large windows, illustrating Artemide’s core skills and expertise: new technologies and high-quality manufacturing combined with traditional skills.
Empatia by Carlotta de Bevilacqua and Paola di Arianello illustrates the perfect combination between the great tradition of Venetian glass-blowing and LED technology; the pared-down geometric lines of the Ilio by Ernesto Gismondi are essential and manifest themselves through full-bodied saturated colours; Objective by Jean Nouvel is reminiscent of a photographic camera lens with light sources coming from three different sections and Sisifo by Scott Wilson provides incredible freedom to manage and direct the light.
The Light for Generations collection completes the wide range of projects on display, including Tolomeo, Tizio and Demetra, iconic lights that have accompanied the history of Artemide and have been continually updated; these lights remain incredibly contemporary and respond to the modern-day design aesthetic.
ph. Annalisa Bruno www.annalisabruno.com