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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 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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Blackbody's I.rain: new finishes

blackbody vast OLED i.rain lighting installation

In my opinion, the most successful design in Blackbody’s collection is the I.rain. Since they are the only people seriously offering decorative OLED solutions for interiors, this makes I.rain very significant.

It has to be considered whenever something rare and unique is required, whether the client would appreciate having something from lighting’s cutting-edge, or not.

I.rain installations are made up from what they call “pixels”. They can be any shape or size. Above is a really big one, and and here’s a much smaller one, made up of sixty one pixels:

blackbody lighting installation 61 pixels

You can see above what the classic pixel looks like. The excitement at Maison et Objet in January 2016 was Blackbody’s introduction of more decorative pixels.

There are four beautiful polished metal finishes: black nickel, brass, copper and chrome…

Blackbody i.rain pixel metal finishes

…plus a glass option!

Blackbody i.rain pixels in glass

These new versions cost about 42% more than the classic white pixel.

In fact, I.rain is priced more reasonably than you might think.

And, as we normally point out when an installation is made up of a lot of small pendants, one can adjust the total cost by adjusting the number of pendants. Fortunately, even when I.rain’s pixels are spaced far apart, they still create a great effect:

blackbody i.rain OLED light installation dowbn a stairwell

An important point for stairwells is that they look good from any angle: here the pixels are seen from above (there are 137 of them in total):

Blackbody i.rain OLED installation down a stairwell from above

Plus, I.rain is easier to specify than you might think. This is because they have a dedicated office that will work with you until you have the arrangement that is exactly right for your space, client and budget.

If, by their pricing and support, you think that they seem to be bending over backwards to help you, then – yes – you are right! This is new technology, and they want to make it as easy as possible for you.

This is what Cara Delevingne discovered: for her installation on Bali, it was agreed that she only needed two pixels, at slightly different heights...

Cara Delevigne in Bali with Blackbody pixels
blackbody OLED pixels from below
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