albedo suspension lamp

albedo suspension lamp

Design Studio Drift, 2013
Metal structure, white fabric
Made in Italy by FontanaArte

Albedo is a lamp inspired by an installation in Dubai in 2012, which in turn is the poetic and emotional interpretation of the slow fluctuating movement of jellyfish. The result is a suspension lamp that is radiant, light and immaterial in its elegant shape.

The diffuser is in fabric, laser cut and cleverly folded and stitched to create, once inserted onto the metal structure, multi-facetted unusual shapes. In white, it can be taken off and put back on, washable, quite easily. The light source, housed inside a central cylindrical volume in polycarbonate, produces a warm light that the fabric diffuser helps to reflect and radiate. The cylinder has an upper cover, which is easy to remove when the bulb needs replacing.

Albedo features a white fabric diffuser (machine washable) with a metal structure. It includes a clear power cable and steel suspension cables. It is available in three sizes and suitable for the home living room, or larger contract interiors (for example a reception or the lounge in a hotel or even a restaurant).

Highly theatrical, Albedo is the child of the visionary talent of Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, founders of Studio Drift, who made their name on the international scene with their artistic installations, extremely renowned works with a high technological content inspired by the world of nature.

small albedo: 18.5" dia. | 18.9" h | cable: 78.7" L | requires 1x32W GU24 halogen bulb
medium albedo: 27.5" dia. | 18.5" h | cable: 78.7" L | requires 1x32W GU24 halogen bulb
large albedo: 39.7" dia. | 22.8" h | cable: 78.7" L | requires 3x25W GU24 halogen bulbs

small albedo: $920.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 5-7 days)
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 décor. 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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