Michele de Lucchi

Michele De Lucchi's Produzione Privata praised again....

Elle Decoration says, "Love handcrafted, truly creative design? You need to know about Michele De Lucchi’s Italian company, Produzione Privata”. And so do we!

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Produzione Privata's really helpful new web site

Produzione Privata Acquatinta pendant light

This light is Acquatinta, from Produzione Privata.

For many people, that information, plus dimensions, price and lead time, is all they want to know.

But supposing your client would like to know who designed it and why, and who made it…maybe they don’t want anonymous blobs in their home, or bar, but are interested in the backstory, the history, the provenance.

The new web site from Produzione Privata goes further than any other in taking such interest seriously. This is because they do.

Which benefits you too, by the way, because knowing a bit more about Acquatinta gives you more to say when discussing it with a client.

Produzione Privata Acquatinta pendant lights in Berlin

So, on this page, the luminaire is discussed and there are the images and technical information you need.

You can also download a 3D .dwg file.

This is a blog post that goes into detail about the Acquatinta family: how the design was conceived; the nature of the glass; the “silent poetic nudity. It was the first light designed and conceived to show the technical components required for its primary function”. It then looks at the issues raised by each of the typologies (wall, suspension) and the various versions. The original is on the right, the smaller Acquamiki is in the middle and the wall version is called Acquaparete:

Produzione Privata Acquatints, acquamiki and acquaparete

It includes a reminder that how a luminaire casts its light, and how the appearance of it changes when lit, are important considerations for any designer of light fittings. 

Produzione Privata Acquatinta pendant light options

But who actually makes the Acquatintas? There is a page on the web site that looks at glass, why Produzione Privata use it, and in which designs. Then, each of the four glass companies is identified and shown on a map (of Italy, note).

However, the biggest story is who designs them. They are the “private production” of Michele de Lucchi; not only one of the World's greatest living architects, but a prolific designer in other fields, particularly lighting, usually for Artemide – his immortality would be assured even if he had only ever done one thing: designed Tolomeo, probably the most successful quality light of all time. Produzione Privata allows him to operate independently of normal commercial pressures, and to work directly with materials and with skilled craftspeople. What something is made of, and who makes it, is essential to him, which is why due credit is given on the web site. There is also a web site dedicated to him.

Michele De Lucchi

In spite of the amount of information on the new Produzione Privata web site, it is also easy to use.

It works fine at your desk but also adapts to tablet and smartphone screens.

Produzione Privata web site on a tablet and a phone

If you just want the key info on a product quickly and clearly, click on the Products tab.

If you are interested who makes the Produzione Privata pieces, go to “Artisans & Laboratories”:

Produzione Privata artisans and laboratories

3D DWG files are available from each product page, or you can download the complete 3D library via this page:

Produzione Privata web site

There is lots more in the News, Video and Blog sections, plus Michele De Lucchi’s concept behind Produzione Privata

Michele De Lucchi blackboard

Finally, do spare just a minute for this cute little video.

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Produzione Privata's new furniture – and decorative lights for architects!

Produzione Privata Sedia 2015 gala chair with horse

If an architect/designer of the stature of Michele De Lucchi creates Produzione Privata – his “private production” – so that he can release collections that are independent of the requirements of professional clients, and not compromised by the restraints of fashion and markets, the results are going to be really special – the connoisseurs’ choice! They are also exclusive: not many people know about them.

The 2015 introductions are best understood from a charming two-minute animation here,  set to a piano sonata by Mozart that you probably used to play – the name of the collection being Viva Mozart (because “everything he wrote was harmonious, innovative and happy”).

Here are some highlights. The Sedia 2015 Gala chair shown above has its back in the form of a horseshoe, plus the sturdiness and solid feet of a cob. It is made of beech and walnut.

There is also the San Vigilio table in oiled oak:

Michele De Lucchi Produzione Privata San Vigilio table

In fact, wood may be Michele’s favourite material. We are delighted that one of his new lights made of wood (solid walnut) is in the form of a circle (a shape that many want, and architects revere, but there are not many available). It is called Dodici (=twelve) because the LED lamps echo the twelve hour markings on a clock face.

Michele De Lucchi Produzione Privata Dodici wood pendant light

Linear pendants are nowhere near as rare as circles! But, by coming at this typology from the point of view of someone who loves wood, and who is an architect (so he is constantly aware of dimensions), he has created something new: Metro – ten 10cm blocks of walnut glued together to make a ruler (with LED lamps in) that is exactly one metre long.

Michele De Lucchi Produzione Privata wooden linear pendant light Metro

Even more obviously architectural is Brunellesca – five oak barrel vaults and a central cupula:

Michele De Lucchi Produzione Privata wooden chandelier Brunellesca

The collection is not all wood, though. Michele De Lucchi has the advantage of working with Alberto Nason, the son of the great Murano glass light designer, Carlo Nason. Here is a table version that they have added to the Perseo family. The elegant, dynamic glass diffuser is now stood on four rough iron supports. There is also a floor version.

Michele De Lucchi Produzione Privata Perseo stelo 28 table light

And the latest versions of Glacier (here, the pendant Glacier 20 – there is also a table light, and vases) replicate the look of ice. No two are the same, because the cwms and crevasses are formed using a special type of mould that allows for some random movement during the blowing of the glass.

Michele De Lucchi Produzione Privata Glacier 20 pendant light

There is a witty illustrated introduction to all the new 2015 items here.

And you can download the full 2015 catalogue here.

Go on – give yourself a treat!

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Vistosi at Euroluce

The Venetian glass company, Vistosi, is very important to you as specifiers, because theirs is the best, the most useful selection of contemporary glass lighting. What is more, many designs helpfully come in different sizes and typologies: Bot here as three sizes of pendant…

Vistosi Bot pendant lights

…and in wall and table versions:

Bot wall and table lights Vistosi

Withwhite takes things further. The four shapes here…

withwhite pendants from Vistosi

…are not just pendants themselves, but they can also be ceiling roses (with lamps in so they light up as well). You can mix’n’match them as you like (or – see the second from the left below – use them as ceiling lights):

withwhite family of lights from Vistosi

There are beautiful, simple elegant designs like Spirit

spirit pendant light from Vistosi

And Poc

Vistosi Poc pendants black

And larger pieces like Ecos:

ecos pendant light from Vistosi

Other designs specifically lend themsleves to larger installations – the classic (much faked) Giogali, for example…

Giogali long Vistosi

…which can be almost any size or shape, depending upon the shape of the frame that the glass hooks are hung from :

giogali suspension light chandelier

The Damasco, designed by the great glass master, Crepax, uses a traditional Murano technique to great effect. Here is one of them…

damasco pendant light Vistosi

...and here are lots of them:

Damasco installation Vistosi

And some Diamante:

DIAMANTE installation glass lights Vistosi

Then there are lights that are best-in-class. Michele De Lucchi’s Vega task light, for example, that comes in table, wall and this floor version that has no counterweight protruding at the back:

vega floor standing task light Vistosi

All have the easily adjustable glass head, in white or gentle pastel shades.

And it is Vistosi’s catalogue that you’ll find Vico Magistretti’s Alega of 1970. All glass (including the shade); the simplest, most elegant reduction to the essence of the base’n’shade table light:

alega table light Vistosi

So Vistosi’s stand at Euroluce (hall 11, Stands D23/E20) is unmissable. Their teasers are suggesting some eexciting new additions to their collection!

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Produzione Privata during the Milan fair

Produzione Privata is the “private production” of Michele De Lucchi. Being one of the world’s greatest living architects, and based in Milan, he has been quite busy recently, as you may imagine!

He is one of the Ambassadors for Expo Milano 2015 (see here) and his Pavilion Zero there won the Wallpaper* Design Award for Best Building Site [sic] (see here)

For the Salone del Mobile Workspace 3.0 pavilions, he has created “The Walk”, dedicated to his vision of the workspace of tomorrow (see here).

In addition, inter alia, he was named A&W Designer of the Year at this year’s IMM Cologne (see here).  

As if that wasn't enough, he has also been entrusted with the creation of “Venice waterfront”, a vast and crucially important new 90,650m2 area at Porto Marghera (i.e. on the mainland, opposite Venice) that is being developed by the Società Italiana per Condotte d'Acqua SpA, to be used for trade fairs, large events, retailing and office spaces (see here).

But, to us, in our little World of Lighting, he is the designer of the iconic Tolomeo task light, and many other important luminaires for Artemide and other brands.

His Produzione Privata allows him to develop designs away from harsh commercial realities, so the collection is for connoisseurs.

He sent us the PDF of the new catalogue yesterday and, well, all I can say at this stage is, go and see the two new pendant lights made of wood, that are playfully derived from architectural references (you’ll see what I mean….), as well as some wonderful introductions from 2014, such as the Chapeau pendant, shown at the top of this post, and the Touché pendant... 

...a design that also makes a super, usefully high, slightly art déco, table light

(that is Michele De Lucchi himself demonstrating how to use it).

The collection is not just made up of lighting, of course. There is the chair shown at the foot of this post, for example, and here is one of the new Marianne vases (the medium sized):

Produzione Privata do not show out at the fair. Instead, come and see the collection on the ground floor of Michele De Lucchi’s studio at Via Varese, 15, to the north of the Brera district – and handy for Corso Como 10!

Michele De Lucchi Milan 2015 details
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