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Jamaica Suspension Lamp

jamaica suspension lamp

jamaica suspension lamp

Design Marc Sadler, 2011
Paper with polymeric coating
Made in Italy by Foscarini

In its name and appearance, Jamaica infuses a feeling of warmth, lightness and joie de vivre. A feeling generated by its soft suspended volume, obtained by a sheet of paper covered by a thin layer of polymer, which gives it an appearance and texture similar to parchment, and rolled around a central axis, without enveloping it completely but instead attached at the bottom to the housing of the light source, free to illuminate the underlying surface directly.

Unique in its concept, Jamaica contains a double light source: a direct and intense down light, and a soft and diffused light all around it, both of which are concealed from view. Truly unique and versatile, it can be used in the most diverse of settings in terms of size and style: alone, to distinguish a room or a particular situation, in multiple compositions to create significant lighting scenes in larger settings.

A designer, Marc Sadler has worked a long time in the sports sector, where he's experimented with new materials and innovative production processes. He has also worked successfully in furnishing and consumer products.

70.8" w | 21.6" d | 13.3" h | cord length: 134" or 400" | ceiling rose: 3.5" dia. | 13.23 lbs.
requires 2x80W mini Bi-Pin type T5 fluorescent bulbs | UL listed

$2,845.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 7-10 business days. Please allow 12-16 weeks for 400" cord length)


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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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