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Chouchin Reverse Suspension Lamp

chouchin reverse suspension lamp

chouchin reverse suspension lamp

Design Ionna Vautrin, 2015
Lacquered blown glass
Made in Italy by Foscarini

Chouchin is a Japanese word meaning those traditional symbolic paper and bamboo lanterns typically used as light and bright signs outside restaurants and bars, or as lucky charms outside homes. Simple and stylish, Chouchin teams unique craft-based expertise with a modern and strikingly simple style. The Chouchin family comprises 3 models with a colored matte glass body. Beside the original version a new one is born: Chouchin reverse. The shapes are the same but the colors have been inverted; the diffuser is now white while the collar stays the same color as the previous shape. It is not just about a new color, but rather a new light, a new use even. Indeed, Chouchin reverse, thanks to the pale blown glass diffuser, not only directs light downwards - like the original Chouchin - but it also diffuses a brilliant, flowing and emotional light into its surroundings.

Born in France in 1979, Ionna Vautrin graduated from L'école de design Nantes Atlantique in 2002.
She worked successively for Camper in Spain, and by the Studios of George J. Sowden in Italy and of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in France. At the same time she develops her own works with different design companies: first time with Industreal in Milan, then with the Tools Galerie in Paris and since 2010 with Foscarini.

This is a new collection of suspension lamps rather than an enlarged range. The idea of reversing colors in Chouchin is almost banal. Where color was the absolute protagonist, it now becomes a touch of elegance that distinguishes Chouchin reverse from the other suspension lamps with shiny white glass. The decoration on the collar shows uncommon artisan skill. The light diffusion is completely different from Chouchin: light is diffused into the space and aimed downwards. The other lamp components are unchanged from the original version.

chouchin reverse 1: shade: 15.9" dia. | 12.4" h | max drop: 86.4" | cord: 74" or 200" L | 9.7 lbs.
chouchin reverse 2: shade: 8.9" dia. | 17" h | max drop: 91" | cord: 74" or 200" L | 6.39 lbs.
chouchin reverse 3: shade: 12" dia. | 9.9" h | max drop: 83.9" | cord: 74" or 200" L | 7.94 lbs.
requires 1x150W E26 halogen or 1x26W E26 compact fluorescent or LED bulb

$776.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 7-10 days)

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Ionna Vautrin

Ionna Vautrin was born in 1979 in France and graduated in 2002 from l'école de design Nantes Atlantique. She lives and works in Paris. Since 2002 she has worked successively for Camper in Spain, for George J. Sowden in Italy and for Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in France. At the same time she developed her own projects with different companies: starting with Industreal, the Tools Galerie, Wallpaper and more recently for Foscarini, Moustache & Super-ette. She opened her own studio in January 2011 after receiving the Grand Prize of Creation from the city of Paris.

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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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