FOSCARINI ALLEGRO DESIGN BY ATELIER OI
FOSCARINI ALLEGRO DESIGN BY ATELIER OI
Allegro is an entire family of hanging lamps that take on their shape thanks to the force of gravity, created with metal lines that design the light and emit sounds when they touch. The collection name is inspired exactly to this “musicality”. There are three versions, according to the finish of the metal elements, to express three different styles: Allegro Ritmico in black, Allegro Vivace in brown and Allegro Assai in gold. Their king size make them perfect to feature large public and private spaces, with a diffused downwards light that reflects off the ceiling.
Description Suspension lamp with diffused, direct and indirect light. The lamp consists of a chromed metal frame and epoxy powder coated full aluminium rebar rods. The rods are anchored to the mount using small metal rings. Fitted with three stainless steel suspension cables and a transparent electrical cable. Ceiling rose with galvanised metal bracket and glossy chromed metal cover. Designed to accommodate the separate lighting of the two light sources. Canopy decentralisation kit available.
Materials lacquered metal
Colors Ritmico black, Vivace brown, Assai gol
– Its raw material is the force of gravity, which has shaped its form. Its challenge is to use non-transparent material to create an interplay of light. Its name is inspired by the music that emanates from the aluminium bars as they brush together, moving freely in space.
– Is it a lamp, a musical instrument or an installation? It is all this and much more. Allegro is the result of the partnership between Foscarini and Atelier Oï, a trio of designer, architects and set designers, to create a work of art on an industrial scale.
– Allegro Assai, Vivace, Ritmico… with an endless number of compositions and opportunities for customisation. Alone or in a group, for a selected few or for the public at large. It is always the main focus, yet virtually immaterial. Another interpretation of light, in a Foscarini key.
A company that gives form to ideas. A creative and technological workshop that conceives, develops and produces not only lamps but pure emotions, in collaboration with many other designers from around the world. A company that is free, passionate, unconventional and right at the heart of the industry in which it thrives. This is Foscarini.
A designing and technological tour de force, Foscarini explores an entire world of materials and solutions. Their research atelier experiments, free of any mental barriers or technical restraints through flexible, efficient and high quality production, while the sales and logistics organisation distributes with equal care all over the world the smallest table lamp to the largest lighting set. Foscarini: a special personality in the world of lighting.
Foscarini’s headquarters are housed in an architect-designed, contemporary building in synchronize with its corporate mission to provide cutting edge design and sales service with logistics and warehousing providing total quality control.
In the mid 1990’s, Foscarini’s wish to provide design service to international markets led to a strategic move from the island of Murano to Marcon, on the Venetian terra firma. Here, they built a new facility, whose modern aesthetic is aligned with Foscarini’s creative corporate spirit.
With the same spirit that provides new ideas in lighting design, Foscarini also creates its own more efficient programs for customer and partner communication. For instance, My Foscarini, a proprietary IT platform allows 24/7 connectivity to current product availability, order placement and shipment tracking.
In 1996 Foscarini obtained UNI EN ISO 9001 certification which guarantees the quality of all the company processes, from designing to production, to customer services. This Certification has been complemented since 2012 with the ISO 14001 Environmental Certification that confirms the company's commitment to continual improvement of its enviromental performances.
Why are Foscarini lamps so different from each other, yet share common concepts and values?
Foscarini focuses on developing new products but chooses only to put into production those that express new ideas. While inspiration is always valued, Foscarini’s development phase sometimes takes years of progressive research to analyze materials, shapes, processes and operating modes that sometimes lead to results drastically different from the initial concept. This is why Foscarini lamps are so innovative yet built to weather the whim of trends and become true classics.
Over 60 models, more than 20 different materials and more than 30 designers come together to form a collection of individual lamps, each with a unique story to address a need with striking beauty.
With a surprising visual simplicity, often the result of complicated but concealed technology, Foscarini’s lamps have an impeccable logic that goes beyond the conventional and the commonplace. From its founding, in the early 1980s, Foscarini has stood out from other Murano glass lamp manufacturers because it did not have its own furnace. Not tied to a particular manufacturing process, Foscarini could pick, the most suitable supplier for each project in question.
This freedom led Carlo Urbinati and Alessandro Vecchiato, first as designers then as the company managers, to experiment with materials and processes other than blown glass. As a result, the collection could flexibly respond to a changing world as new materials and technologies became available
Design first and foremost. Thought before shape. The spirit of the project guides the choice of material. These are the distinguishing traits of a huge “work in progress” that teams up great maestros and young talents.
Foscarini has so many designs, both from young designers as well as established names, which have gained much notoriety.
Foscarini’s flexibility and desire to collaborate with designers have enabled it to develop custom projects by grouping their lamps in large numbers, responsive to the most diverse contemporary settings.
The company is willing to produce custom products, simply by changing standard finishes and compositions. Foscarini also devises specific solutions for large spaces in the form of light sculptures that are the result of the creative assembly of standard lamps. This has given rise to lighting events, including Fiber Evolution in collaboration with Marc Sadler and Tropico with Giulio Iachetti, which have travelled across the design capitals of Europe and the U.S.A.
This acquired experience led to the coining of a program called Foscarini Evolution to communicate the company’s ability to collaborate with designers and experiment with diverse materials and exploit the infinite composition potential of standard models to surprising effect.
Foscarini contributes to spreading and supporting design culture: from its sponsorship of the Art and Architecture Biennale in Venice, to the inclusion of its products in the collection of New York’s MoMA, the Milan Triennial Exhibition and a large number of other international museums, to the launching of new publishing initiatives.
The positive experience with Lux magazine, which from 2002 to 2008 was, the spokes piece for new ideas, materials and creative stimuli, led to the creation of “INVENTARIO – Everything is a project”. It is not intended as an advertising vehicle for Foscarini, but rather as a genuine magazine-book, directed by Beppe Finessi, architect and university lecturer and distributed on an international scale in the best bookshops and major museum bookshops. A free and illuminated look at the universe of design and the world we live in: design, architecture and art, it also contains strange life stories, analyses of objects created by nature and other freestyle topics.
Without feeling constrained, without ties to the Foscarini brand and its products: in the belief that everything that surrounds us, every moment we experience is a project to be shared with others. Through its support of INVENTARIO, Foscarini conveys its own values and looks forward attentively and curiously, to the pure pleasure of experimenting, innovating, creating: as always in the spirit of this company and of the people who work within it or with it every day.
‘’ For us work is never an individual endeavor and a creative path is never a solo journey.
We always work in a team and everyone is part of a process. Thus, every single one
of us has to be able to allow others space. ‘’
ATELIER ‘’ OI ‘’
AUREL AEBI, ARMAND LOUIS & PATRICK REYMOND
Atelier OI was founded in La Neuveville, Switzerland, in 1991 by Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis and Patrick Reymond. The name “oï”, which is derived from the Russian word troïka, a type of harnessing with three horses abreast, conveys the dynamism and holistic energy generated by a trio. Atelier OI is the result of an alliance rooted in humanity and art alike, it is about sharing values and ideals. The desire of the three founders to grow and to venture together on a journey that never denies the three individual histories is the intangible bond that has linked the trio for 20 years. The alliance brings together three open and creative minds willing to share their visions. No doubt, the three founders’ profound involvement with architecture, design and naval construction as well as the encounter with charismatic personalities such as Alberto Sartoris and Ettore Sottsass have shaped atelier oï’s philosophy. At the heart of this philosophy is the refusal to remain within the confines of a single discipline. At atelier oï the idea of multidisciplinarity is epitomized by the word “ atelier ” which is a place of creation, of mastery of intellectual knowledge and manual know-how. On an international scale the work of atelier oï ranges from architecture and interior design to product design and scenography.
“ The creative process is a continuum that has neither beginning nor end. 20 years ago we embarked on our journey whose routes and turns – regardless of disciplines or scale — have always been determined by the materials with which we work. The process is nourished by our life experience and our know-how, sparking chain reactions that in turn generate new discoveries each day. We wanted our journal to retrace this process and invite you on a cruise from our past work to our future destinations.”
The creations of atelier oï, always elegant and conceived with simplicity, express the yearning for a harmonic and natural unity. They aspire to epitomize a “po-ethic” vision of creativity, to bring the individual closer to the elements, to nature, to the material and to emotions. A rich palette of inspirations and elements supports the creative process: music, colours, light, scents and movement. And there is the possibility to drastically change a perspective, to make unexpected use of a given shape, to venture into the thousand and one facets of materials … The final purpose is to create a sense of pleasure and “ levitas ” by carefully addressing individual needs and to offer new narratives of quality of life in which ethics and reason are prominent characters. Never purist nor minimalistic and always skilfully realised according to the most rigorous standards atelier oï’s creations seduce by arousing emotions, memory, senses and conscience. Thus, they wish to provoke a mood, to touch the chords of wonderment and to awaken a sense of grace and harmony.
THE MATERIAL, AN ENDLESS SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
When bringing a new project to life, be it in architecture or in design, atelier oï ’s first creative inspiration always stems from observation of the context. It is this context that suggests the theme around which atelier oï create and cultivate the content through a har - monious dialogue among different ele - ments. The starting point of the process is often the material: its nature, its potential af- finities, its reaction to external stimuli and its interaction with other materials. Understanding the nature of the context and the possibilities the material offers opens creative perspectives on the search of a harmony where the material itself can enter into a relationship and inter - act with more intangible elements like sound, movement and color. Therefore, experimenting is an essential aspect of atelier oï’s approach: the ob - jects often spring from an intuitive and emotional rapport with the material. The material is explored, touched and turned with an indefatigable curiosity in the quest for knowledge and discovery.
From the very beginning, the knowhow and skill that coalesce at atelier oï were the antithesis to a monoculture. The works are a celebration of diversity, a true fusion of disciplines that are often considered separate entities. This way of thinking and working intensi- fies the creative process, it expands the frontiers of imagination. New perspectives are opened and entirely new scales are possible. The elements of a project are allowed to become a source of inspiration from which something new can spring or be transformed and developed in a different context. Thus the objects vary in scale and in disciplines, and everything seems to be forever merging and emerging in a permanent metamorphosis. Fusion, the overarching theme at atelier oï, combines scenography, museography and expography. It is systematically integrated in atelier oï’s general process and applied to every single project. In each and every project you will find architecture, design and scenography without the slightest barrier.