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Plass Suspension Lamp

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plass suspension lamp

plass suspension lamp

Design Luca Nicheto, 2011
Made in Italy by Foscarini

Plass (the name is a synthesis of "plastic" and "glass") interprets the millennia-old artisan tradition of glass making, in the light of a contemporary process and material: rotationally-molded transparent polycarbonate. Thanks to this technology, which is not yet widely used in the lighting sector, the finishes are not cold and impersonal, but feature slight irregularities, highlighted by the light source, as in handmade glass. The incisions, which in pearls reflect the light from the space, in the Plass lamp reflect the luminosity of the inner bulbs, in a dual confounding of perspectives: from small to large, from outside to inside.

The colors chosen for the diffuser - aquamarine and grey - are inspired by murano glass and venetian craftsmanship. As well as evoking an atmosphere and an emotion, the color helps define the shape of the lamp, highlighting the thickness of the incisions on its surface. Suspended between memory and modernity, Plass characterizes large spaces, including high ones, alone or in multiple compositions.

plass medium: 13.25" dia. | 19.5" h | cord length: 78" or 400" | ceiling rose: 9" | 7.72 lbs.
requires 1x100W E26 + 1x50W GU10 bulbs or 1x26W E26 + 1x8W GU10 LED bulbs

plass large: 29.5" dia. | 45" h | cord length: 200" or 400" | ceiling rose: 9" | 50.71 lbs.
requires 6x60W G9 T4 bi-pin halogen + 1x100W E26 PAR 30 halogen bulbs or
(included) 1x12W E26 PAR 30 LED + 30W 3000 Kelvin 2500 lumen CRI 80, non-dimmable LED

$891.00 + 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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