Float from Artemide by James Irvine, who died last night

James Irvine -- dezeen Sadly, James Irvine died last night at a hospital in Milan, where he had practised since graduating from the RCA in London in 1984, having gone there initially to act as a design consultant to Olivetti. He moved in the same circles as other design heroes of ours, such as Ettore Sottsass and Michele De Lucchi. He was to work with many of the world's great design-led brands, most recently Thonet and Muji.

There is a brief obituary to him on Dezeen here, that inlcudes this interview filmed in 2010.

Also sadly, for us, he did not create many lights. But he was responible for one of the finest, simple designs -- Float for Artemide.

There is a round ceiling version, Ø565mm H110mm:

Artemide Float soffitto circolare white

and a rectangular ceiling version, L1030mm or 1330mm, W230mm:

Coloured filters can be mounted at the back, in blue...

Artemide Float ceiling light circular blue

...or topaz:

Artemide Float circular ceiling light topaz

Both shapes are available as pendants. The circular version is one of the finest lights in this well-populated  classification -- nothing to be added or taken away:

Artemide Float pendant light by James Irvine

Here's the linear pendant...

Artemide Float rectangular suspension light by James Irvine

The pendant versions can also be fitted with coloured filters:

Artemide Float sospensione lineare james irvine

They have been in the catalogue since 2000. The best way to celebrate James Irvine's life, for those of us who did not know him personally, is to remember, appreciate and specify what he created.


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