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Gask Suspension Lamp

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gask suspension lamp

gask suspension lamp

Design Diesel Living by Foscarini, 2015
Blown glass, varnished steel
Made in Italy by Foscarini

It looks like something straight out of a 1920s convenience store or from a warehouse of work tools, but it also recalls the ziggurats, the sacred terraced step pyramids built in ancient Mesopotamia: Gask is a small suspension lamp with a grand personality. The steel mount, with its rough and textured embossed black finish, is joined to the blown glass diffuser with exposed brass bolts, which recall the atmosphere of an old-fashioned hardware store, in a play of contrasting materials, inspirations and sensations. The diffuser is available in two versions, each with its own styling and lighting personality: milk white, for a warmer and more diffused light, or transparent grey, that lets you catch a glimpse of the light source inside, a contemporary touch with a high-tech flavor. Gask is a charming combination of memories and contemporary living, perfect in rooms of all sizes, thanks also to the possibility of using it in compositions with Foscarini's multiple canopy.

Gask is a suspension lamp with diffused and direct down light. Diffuser made of hand-blown triple-layer glass: glossy transparent in the grey version and glossy cased in the white version. The mount is made of black fine powder coated steel with embossed finish. Exposed brass bolts act as both decoration as well as glass stops. stainless steel suspension cable and black electrical cable, ceiling canopy with galvanized metal bracket and matt black batch-dyed ABS cover.

10.5" h | 6.5" dia. | ceiling mount: 4.75" dia. | cord length: 78" or 400" | 7.28 lbs.
requires 1x60W E12 candelabra type G16.5 bulb | UL listed

$713.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 5-7 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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