Arturo Alvarez is one of the most consistently interesting fine lighting makers, with collections that are often unusual, yet always usable They achieve this partly by handmaking their production using a wide range of materials.
One of the most productive is a silicone mesh. The silicone creates a skin-like surface that can be shaped into any form. Here are some of the finishes close up:
What can they do with it? Well, as you will already have seen, until Modernica produce examples of the George Nelson lights that are legal and safe outwith north America, the Arturo Alvarez Coral collection can be used to similar effect:
Some of the silicone designs are formal, like these wall or ceiling panels, Planum...
and several, like this floor-standing model, Gea...
...are available in other colours besides white: orange, black, yellow and grey at the moment.
We are particularly drawn to the more informal, cloudlike shape of iki
which becomes like a cute bird in the table version:
Here are some ikis that have been released back into the wild:
By the way, Arturo Alvarez have got one of the most helpful, practical, informative of manufacturers' blogs, here. The image below is taken from it: