Marco Zanuso Jr
The cylindrical units of these table lamps are in nickel-plated brass. To create the reflective parts, modelled by hand in bi-colour enamelled copper, the extraordinary and rare technique of the Grand fire enamel was employed: at the temperature of 900°C, enamel melts and fuses with copper, thus creating a unique blend of light and transparency.
Marco Zanuso lives and works in Milan, where he shares a design studio with Daniele Nava. His distinguishing trait reflects the influence of outstanding masters like his uncle Marco Zanuso Senior, the founder, among others, of industrial design, as well as masters of the Radical movement: Superstudio, Michele De Lucchi, Andrea Branzi, Ufo, Mendini and Ettore Sottsass, with an attention for the 1970s’ architectural proposals by Arcosanti, Land Art, Berkeley and the earliest experiments on solar energy. Eclecticism also permeates his conceptual hand: his portfolio includes both architectural and design activity, with contributions for Memphis, Driade, Bonacina, Cappellini, De Padova, Design Gallery and Galerie Italienne in Paris. He loves experimenting with limited-edition series, realised with artisans and small scale producers.
Gabriella Gabrini is a skilled craftswoman from the city of Padua, practising the ancient art of grand fire enamel. After some early experiences with Fornasetti, Melotti and Melandri, she worked with great passion, for over 20 years, with Paolo De Poli, the artist who revived the ancient Italian art of enamel, as his friend Gio Ponti pointed out. Thanks to Gabriella Gabrini, enamel, which is a vitreous material, melts and turns into light: bowls, pots, plates reflect unexpected colours and hues. On the one hand, her work, suffused with an intimate mood, probes a feminine emotional universe; on the other, she is captured by the great works of art, like the Scrovegni Chapel, also displaying her love for design in furnishing items.