Design Ferruccio Laviani, 2014 Varnished aluminum, polycarbonate Made in Italy by FoscariniTuareg’s structure is inspired by man-made architecture which is nevertheless bound to the world of nature. It is chaos turned order, non-traditional geometry echoing a work of land art.
By means of a complex industrialization process, this initial idea took the form of a three dimensional composition of aluminum tubes creating a spectacularly powerful graphic effect.LED light sources have been incorporated into the extremities of three of these elements which can be switched on and off separately and adjusted 360 degrees in order to vary the light effect and the lamps possible uses.
The structure has been made even more minimalist by integrated touch switches and the system used to hide the power cable within tubular elements.A formal totem-like presence highlighted by the expressive power of the lamp’s three color variants: a bright orange which echoes the industrial hues of anti-rust paints, a pure and elegant white and black chrome which evokes precious metals.
Like a sculptural decoration, Tuareg is the ideal centerpiece for an important reception space in both public and private rooms and in multiple compositions creating veritable light installations too.
44.1″ w | 30.6″ d | 82.6″ h | includes 54W LEDs, 3000K, 4050 lumen, CRI 90 | 20.28 lbs. cord: 94″ L | includes touch dimmer $5,500.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S. (usually ships in 7-10 days)
Ferruccio Laviani (b. 1960) of Cremona, Italy graduated from Politecnico di Milano in architecture in 1986 and created industrial design objects, mainly lamps or lighting systems known for colored transparent plastics.
From 1986-1991, he was a member of the De Lucchi studio, designing for various companies such as Credito Bergamasco, Mandarina Duck, Memphis, Olivetti, and Swatch. He came into prominence as the Memphis group began to leave its mark on International design.
In 1991, he showed his silverware from the Morandotti collection at the “European Capitals of New Design exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The same year, he began a collaboration with Kartell and is now an artistic director and consultant.
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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 companys 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 Dordonis 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 doro), Patricia Urquiolas 2005 Caboche, and Marc Sadlers signature lamp “Twiggy.