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Buds 2 Table Lamp

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buds 2 table lamp

buds 2 table lamp

Design Rodolfo Dordoni, 2016
Hand-blown cased, five-layer glass, PMMA
Made in Italy by Foscarini

In the 1990s, Rodolfo Dordoni designed a collection of table, floor and suspension lamps for Foscarini in brightly colored blown glass, named after the natural elements: Fruits, Blossom and Buds. Today, Buds has been restyled again, interpreting contemporary taste with a sophisticated wealth and focus on materials. The star of the design remains blown-glass, with a five-layer hand-crafted process, which is immediately evident thanks to the larger cut of the diffuser. With the new range of colors - cold brown, cold grey, bamboo green and white, with a straw-yellow internal finish - Buds takes on a dual value: it is warm when the lamp is on and cold when off.

Buds table lamps offer a diffused light and a hand-blown cased five-layer glass diffuser with a glossy finish. The internal glass layer is a pale, straw-yellow color to make the light warmer and the color more intense. The "warm white" version appears ivory in hue when the lamp is on and it remains white when off. The base consists of a totally transparent PMMA cylinder, milled according to a pattern and with a mirror-finish polish applied by hand. The support base is covered with a transparent anti-static protective film. The glass is secured to the base by means of a cup-shaped ring nut; there is an on/off switch on the transparent electrical cable which leads out of an oblique groove in the base. The base is packed in a customized product pouch with specific scratch-resistant material which should be used to clean the base itself. Since the aperture of the glass is rather noticeable, the light bulb remains clearly in sight and thus plays an aesthetic role. For this reason, a retrofit LED or fluorescent light bulb with white globe with a diameter of 4.75" (12 cm) should be used in Buds 1 and 2 - and with a diameter of 3.75" (9 cm) in Buds 3.

buds 1: 10.3" dia. | 22.25" h | cord length: 59" | on/off switch: 11.8" from lamp
buds 2: 16.3" dia. | 16.75" h | cord lenght: 59" | on/off switch: 11.8" from lamp
buds 3: 11.8" dia. | 16.5" h | cord length: 59" | on/off switch: 11.8" from lamp
requires LED retrofit or Fluo: 1x23W E26 G30 bulb

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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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