This beautiful table light, called Ovale, is from the collection of lighting launched in Milan last month by the great Murano glass firm of Carlo Moretti. There is also a thrilling black glass version:
The shade of Ovale is also made of glass. There are other designs in the collection that have fabric shades, such as Bricola:
Another strand of the collection is more radical in shape, more sculptural. The glass is clear and/or frosted, and the structures (which are more important to the overall design than is typical) are in muted metal tones of, for example, aged brass and crackle-finished graphite, as here in Efra:
The effect is almost steam engine-like – and very untypical of the brightly coloured glass lights we expect from Murano!
The shapes are unusual; here is Scudo:
And the fascinating floor-standing Drima (H155cm):
All of these designs were created by Carlo Moretti himself. However, a key member of the team now running the company is Antonio Ceschel. He has previously been with Osram and Venini and is exactly the person you’d want to be working with on a custom installation. He has designed Boblu, a system that allows great freedom for where glass balls can be hung, such as here, down a double height stairwell:
Or more closely spaced:
The standard balls are clear, but with a white section at the top that conceals the lamp:
There are other patterns, and also the ability to have one or two balls in patterns derived from Carlo Moretti tumbler designs:
And the rest of the collection next door:
This is an outstanding, important – but also very useful – collection. You can download the lighting catalogue here.