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Installations created using Tubes from Vistosi

Tubes, from Vistosi,is tubes, but square ones! They can be employed in a variety of ways to make compositions, including attached directly to the ceiling, as above.

You can see below how they are normally mounted, with a visible metal structure:

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Installations created using Diadema from Vistosi

Vistosi Diadema chandedlier at Le Tre Gazzelle Milan

Diadema is one of a series of designs from the great Venetian glass company, Vistosi, intended to be used in a wide variety of ways – both as standard catalogue items (chandeliers, pendant lights, floor lights, wall lights) and for custom pieces.

It consists of glass rods, as above at Le Tre Gazelle in Milan, where they are forming the spectacular chandelier, as well as the simpler wall lights.

Diadema can be made into simple pendants, like these, for Bulgari in Paris:

Vistosi Diadema custom pendants Bulgari Paris

Though more often, the rods are of different lengths, as here, in these suspensions over a bar at the Hotel Dorint in Zurich...

Vistosi Diadema suspension lights Hotel Dorint Zurich

...which match the Diadema wall lights there:

Vistosi Diadema Hotel Dorint Zurich appliques wall lights

Back to a larger scale, here's a Diadema chandelier at the Hotel Regina Baglioni in Rome:

Vistosi Diadema chandelier at the Regina Baglioni Rome

The effect is quieter when two colours are used:

Vistosi - Diadema - Double colour

The standard glass colours are clear and topaz (as above). But blue can look very cool – in both senses! – for example.

Vistosi Diadema suspension light blue

The images in this post have been taken from the book Vistosi have just published that shows details of some of their installations. You can download a PDF of it here.

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Installations created using Giogali from Vistosi

Viastosi Giogali chandelier Doha airport

That chandelier (at Doha airport) is seven metres high and contains 17,500 of these:

Vistosi Giogali gancio

This is Vistosi's Giogali system, of course – the system of glass hooks dreamt up by Angelo Mangiarotti in 1967 to make possible glass compositions that are just glass, having no metal except the slender frame from which they hang.

The shape that the resulting piece takes depends solely upon the shape of that frame. Each gancio (hook) hangs from the one above. The maximum length is 2.5m, so longer compositions are formed by having layers, like the Doha piece above, or this, in a Boffi showroom in Milan:

Vistosi Giogali chandelier in Boffi Milan showroom

Giogali can be used to create great curtains of glass, as here at a Bulgari showroom in Taipei:

Vistosi Giogali curtains Bulgari Taipei

Being only glass hooks, the resulting composition is light, airy – not heavy or dense.

The pieces above use the original design of hooks, that hang directly underneath each other. There are two sizes (Giogali and Minigiogali), and a choice of colours: clear, white, black, chrome, gold or bronze, or a custom colour of your choice.

In 2005, Angelo Mangiarotti created the 3D version, whose hooks can connect horizontally, making possible drama such as this for Bulgari in Paris:

Vistosi Giogali 3D Bulgari Paris

Close up, the 3D hooks look like this:

Vistosi Giogali 3D detail

Here, at Bulgari London, is a smaller composition, making use of the way the 3D hooks connect together, allowing a loop made only of glass:

Vistosi Giogali 3D Bulgari London

Now, you will have seen fake Giogali. Besides being theft of intellectual property, they only look like the real thing! They don't perform in the same way: what has made the Giogali such a success is the quality of the glass rings, each one handmade in Venice. One way of telling the difference is to see how wonderfully Vistosi's hooks play with light. The result is magical, even when only lit by daylight, as here in the Toronto Four Seasons:

Vistosi Giogali chandelier Four Seasons Toronto

Actually, you'll have to take my word for the it: glass is notoriously difficult to photograph....

The images in this post have been taken from the book Vistosi have just published that shows images of some of their installations. You can download a PDF of it here.

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Understanding Follox from Casablanca – the only lighting family a minimalist ever needs!

Casablanca Follox linear pendant lighting in car showroom

When the German company Casablanca developed its new Follox system, the aim was to create a product that would meet all contemporary requirements for a system of this kind.

That includes being easy to understand and easy to install!

As is usual with their production (and that of their sister brand, Millelumen), they are beautifully made, using high quality materials, and combine a wide range of options that draw on the latest technological developments.

You can download the catalogue here.

There are two main elements:

  • the Follox 1 emits light from one side only (up or down or sideways):
Casablanca Follox ! linear pendant light detail
  • the Follox 3S emits light from three sides and has elegant integrated slats for cooling:
Casablanca Follox 3S linear light detail

Materials and finish:

  •    the metal parts are hand-brushed aluminium with a protective coating as       standard. They can also come in any colour on request
  •    the diffusers are in a Plexiglas that has been specially devleoped so as not to discolour over time.

Light sources:

  •     230V LEDs, that do not need a power supply/transformer. They are dimmable: Casablanca continuously updates the list of compatible dimmers
  •     24W LEDs (recommended for spaces where there are fast moving tools or objects). These require a transformer, obviously. Various controller options also allow a lot of flexibility, including dimming by DALI and other protocols.
  •     a wide range of LED options in different wattages, lumen strengths, and kelvin values, plus dedicated warm white, cool white or RGB.

Sizes: both Follox 1 and Follox 3S come in six standard lengths:

  •     45cm
  •     85cm
  •     125cm
  •     167cm
  •     207cm
  •     247cm.

Connectors and end pieces mean that you can create runs that are as long as you like:

Casablanca Follox linear ceiling light

How they can be mounted:

  •     surface-mounted, as above
  •     recessed:
Casablanca Follox recessed linear ceiling light
  •     suspended (see also the image at the top of this post)
Casablanca Follox suspended linear light L-shaped
  •     as pendants:
Casablanca Follox linear pendant light
  •     and on walls:
Casablanca Follox linear wall light going around a corner
Casablanca Follox linear wall light going round another corner
Casablanca linear wall light mounted vertically

Plus – the icing on the cake! – GU10 spotlights can be integrated into Follox 1 arrangements:

spot lights incorporated into Casablanca linear lighting

Photometric data:

  •     there is printed photometric data in the catalogue, on page eight of the PDF version, which is dowloadable here
  •     zipped LDT and IES files can be downloaded from here.

So you see, it really is the complete system – and from a solid, reliable German company run by nice people.

What more could you want?! Good prices? They have those too — ask us!

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At last – the perfect glass bubble!

The German product designer Sebastian Scherer, founder of Neo/Craft,  has created the perfect soap-bubble-like glass pendant light. It looks truly amazing — check it out!

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