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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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Vistosi's 2015 introductions

Vistosi Starnet Up Down glass pendant light chandelier

In my most recent post about Vistosi, I said that the firm “…is very important to you as specifiers, because theirs is the best, the most useful selection of contemporary glass lighting.”

Vistosi's new designs  introduced last month at Euroluce bear this out. (You can download the catalogue of 2015 additions from here.)

In this post, I’ll draw your attention to three of them.

Starnet (at the top of this post) has the lightness and airiness of Vistosi’s Giogali. It also can be arranged in various different forms. Other shapes they are suggesting include the Up Down version above, but with the bottom section hanging down, rather than pulled up through the centre, Cilindro:

Vistosi Starnet Cilindro glass pendant light chandelier

and Diamante:

Vistosi Starnet Diamante glass pendant light chandelier

Futura comes in three colourways and a good size (H44cm Ø23cm):

Vistosi Futura glass pendant light group

Oto is a very clever design. Of course, there are many variations on the theme of multiple glass balls. In this case, besides the fact that they are very well done, with balls in a variety of sizes and finishes, Vistosi have thought about the cable problem. Yes! Normally, if they are lit from within, forty balls = forty thick electric cables. What Vistosi are doing is putting some unlit balls on the powered cables, so that there are fewer cables overall. Look at Oto Rain Circle:

Vistosi Oto Rain Circle glass light installation

This also results in neater, tidier groupings – here a ball:

Vistosi Oto pendasnt lights grouped to form a sphere

And here a square (the type of shape that cannot be made at all if every ball is on its own cable):

Vistosi Oto glass pendant lights grouped to form a Cube

In the catalogue, you’ll see seven other new designs. But what you won’t see is this new, narrower version of Diadema that I photographed n their stand:

Vistosi Diadema glass pendant light
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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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