chouchin

chouchin

chouchin

Design Ionna Vautrin, 2011
Polycarbonate, ABS
Made in Italy by Foscarini

Chouchin is the japanese word for the traditional, symbolic lanterns made out of paper and bamboo used as luminous sources or as lucky charms at the entrance of the house. Reinterpreted in a more contemporary way, these lights borrow the magic and the poetry from this symbolic and ethereal japanese world. It has an essential and, at the same time, evocative design: the body made out of glass, which is obtained through a single blowing process, is closed by a white collar underneath. Color played a key role in the choice of materials: glass offers a warm surface on which the varnish produces a full, brilliant color.

Born in France in 1979, Ionna Vautrin graduated from L'école de design Nantes Atlantique in 2002.
She worked successively for Camper in Spain, and by the Studios of George J. Sowden in Italy and of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in France. At the same time she develops her own works with different design companies: first time with Industreal in Milan, then with the Tools Galerie in Paris and since 2010 with Foscarini.

The Chouchin family is offered in various shapes and sizes, each with its own color. Orange for Chouchin 1 (large), grey for Chouchin 3 (small) and green for Chouchin 2 (elongated). 200" max drop available on request.

chouchin 1: shade: 15.9" dia. | 12.4" h | max drop: 86.4" | cord: 74" L
chouchin 2: shade: 8.9" dia. | 17" h | max drop: 91" | cord: 74" L
chouchin 3: shade: 12" dia. | 9.9" h | max drop: 83.9" | cord: 74" L
requires 1x75W E26 type PAR 30 halogen, 1x150W E26 type T10 frosted halogen or 1x25W E26 compact fluorescent

chouchin 3: $755.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 7-10 days)

Ionna Vautrin

Ionna Vautrin was born in 1979 in France and graduated in 2002 from l'école de design Nantes Atlantique. She lives and works in Paris. Since 2002 she has worked successively for Camper in Spain, for George J. Sowden in Italy and for Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in France. At the same time she developed her own projects with different companies: starting with Industreal, the Tools Galerie, Wallpaper and more recently for Foscarini, Moustache & Super-ette. She opened her own studio in January 2011 after receiving the Grand Prize of Creation from the city of Paris.
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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