yupik light

yupik light

Design Form Us With Love, 2013
Polypropylene foam, polycarbonate
Made in Italy by FontanaArte

Yupik is a portable lamp. While its shape recalls the classic electric torch, its function is decidedly more wide-ranging and versatile. Fitted with 5 meters of cable, it can in fact be used as a torch, but also placed on a table or on the ground, positioned with the light source pointing upwards or laid on one side to illuminate a wall. It can even be hung up, thanks to a hook around which the cable can be twisted to form a loop.

Yupik is made from polypropylene foam, a sturdy, resistant yet very light material. It consists of closed-cell beads that incorporate a lot of air and therefore weigh less in proportion to their volume. These characteristics mean it is used as a transport and protecting material. It was deliberately chosen for this portable lamp that had to be lightweight but also sturdy to resist knocks and falls. The clear polycarbonate diffuser, in concentric circles, recalls the typical diffusers on car headlights. Offered in grey or black.

shade: 8.3" dia. | 7.9" h | cable: 196.9" h
requires 1x13W (E26) fluorescent bulb

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The Fontana Arte company was formed in 1932 by Gio Ponti under the parent company Luigi Fontana, a leader in advanced glass manufacturing and design. Ponti was a skilled artist in many trades as well as the editor of Domus magazine. He had an intuition to use glass as a distinguishing feature in furniture, lamps and objects. Already designing homes, he could employ this concept in the interior dÚcor. Fontana Arte produced many ornate stained-glass windows in churches, cathedrals, and palaces, including the Duomo of Milan and the Cathedral of Brasilia. Years later, the company has built a name collaborating with respected designers and architects. Fontana Arte continues to evolve and reach out to work with more designers and other companies.
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