Marc Sadler pays homage to Michele de Lucchi

Jamaica pendant light by Marc Sadler for Foscarini In the beginning (well, 2007), Michele De Lucchi created Giona for his own brand, Produzione Privata. Who would have thought that it was still possible to come up with a completely new way to use lampshades!

Produzione privata michele de lucchi giona pendant light

A year later, he created Noto for Artemide:

Artemide Michele De Lucchi Noto pendant lightThis is watered down version of Giona: it is now just drum shapes -- maybe still shades, but not as overtly so. The combination of sizes, and the red end, do add a sense of motion (in this image, from right to left). The result is more commercial, though not very! It is a design for people interested in design and/or lighting.

With Jamaica for Foscarini, Marc Sadler completed a transition from lamp shades to rolls of paper:

Jamaica pendant light by Marc Sadler for Foscarini 2

The purity of the conception is somewhat diluted, however, because the paper rolls are interrupted by a fluorescent tube -- the light source is under the paper rather than in the lamp shades. You can see it here:

Jamaica pendant light by Marc Sadler for Foscarini 3

and here it is, seen end-on:

Jamaica pendant light by Marc Sadler for Foscarini 4

The paper from which Jamaica is made is treated with a polymer to make it robust enough. The inspiration for the name? Dreadlocks.

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La Grande Enorme -- a BIG light from Anthologie Quartett!

Anthologie Quartett LaGrande chandelier 11 La Grande Enorme -- the name is a bit of a giveaway really. This is a BIG light! Here is a wall version made up of just oneof the lighting bodies:

Anthologie Quartett LaGrande wall blue

It is 620mm long. I hope that this picture of two of the table versions gives a sense of their scale:

Anthologie Quarett LeGrande Room

It was put into production by the bravest design-led company of all -- Anthologie Quartett -- having been designed by Reinhard Dienes. He talks about  "the distintive feature of the la Grande lighting series ...[being] its unusual lamp shade, a combination of highly traditional product engineering and (initially) irritating dimensioning in harmony with bold colouring."

It is the "( initially) irritating dimensioning" that really makes this design stand out: it seems bold, unapologetic -- even reckless. On the other hand, the main component is just a lampshade....

But it is no one-trick pony. The big shades can all be moved; here is another wall version in a completely different position to the one above:

Anthologie Quartett Lagrande wall grey

The cotton shades come in a wide range of colours:

Anthologie Quartett Lagrande shade colours

and can be lined in silver or gold (or with a clear layer that lets the cotton show through).

The colours can be mix'n'matched, as in the picture at the head of this post, or here, where there are four wall versions in a row:

Anthologie Quartett LaGrande Wall light 3

The free-standing version can be used on a table or -- given its size -- on the floor. You can see that they have quite a personality: these ones below could be a  group of extra-terrestrials, some of them less shy than the others....

Anthologie QuartettLaGrande table x 6

And these ones look like tourists lost in Oxford:

Anthologie Quartett LaGrande table x 6 colours

There are other pendant light versions with fewer lighting bodies:

Anthologie Quartett LaGrande chandelier 6

This is a bold and exciting range of lights. So, if you have bold and exciting clients (with a suitable space), maybe you could propose La Grande!

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