havana suspension lamp

havana suspension lamp

havana suspension lamp

Design Jozeph Forakis, 1993
Metal, Polyethylene
Made in Italy by Foscarini

For the first time Foscarini produced a lamp made out of plastic, a lightweight, mobile lamp which emanates diffused light, sports a youthful image, economical costs, and would quickly become popular thanks to its flexibility and the ease with which it can be adapted to a variety of conditions and spatial contexts. Havana is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Havana features a lacquered metal support with diffusers comprising four satin-finished polyethylene elements. The four plastic volumes are hooked together and held apart by three metal "brackets". The suspension lamp is available with a wall plug or hard-wired into a standard electric junction box.

An artist and designer of greek origin, Jozef Forakis got his master's degree at the domus academy in Milan where he worked on various projects and studies to merge design and ergonomics. One of his biggest successes was the admission of his "havana" to new york's coveted MOMA (design collection '98).

ceiling fixture: 9" dia. | 51" h | 94.1" max drop | cord length: 43" | ceiling rose: 5.2" dia.
with wall plug: 9" dia. | 51" h | 244" max drop | cord length: 193"
requires: 1x100W E26 type A19 frosted incandescent or 1x32W E26 compact fluorescent

$467.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 7 days. Please allow 12-14 weeks for Havana with wall plug)
Riccardo Olivieri set up Foscarini Spa in Murano in 1981. Two years later, they debuted their catalog, with lamps from Carlo Urbinati and Allesandro Vecchiato, who would become the company’s managers by 1988. Eventually these new owners would move the company off the island and into Venice, as well as transition Foscarini from a glassworks shop to a major design competitor. They had already begun working with external designers in 1985, but their first success came in 1990 with Rodolfo Dordoni’s “Lumiere.” Most all lighting projects were made of glass until 1993, at which point the Havana lamp primarily used polyethylene, making it lighter, more cost-effective, and able to be used indoors and outdoors. It now resides in the MoMA in New York. Other successful lamps would come to define the company, such as the “Mite & Tite” series by Marc Sadler in 2000 (which earned a Compasso d’oro), Patricia Urquiola’s 2005 “Caboche,” and Marc Sadler’s signature lamp "Twiggy."
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