Foscarini presents Be/Colours

A capsule collection designed by Ferruccio Laviani chromatically reinterprets some of the best-loved lamps, revealing unexpected aspects of their personality 

Colour and its ability to alter our perception of reality, to make it different, surprising and new: this is the leitmotif of the research and offerings of Foscarini. 

As in the atelier of a high-fashion maison, the game of chromatic combinations and contrasts reveals details, character, emphasising and enhancing the spirit of a model, displaying it in a totally new light. The passion for colour is nothing new for Foscarini, which has always assigned a leading role to this important design element, which is fundamental, not auxiliary. The goal is to return to this theme in greater depth, boldly taking chances with lamps that have become icons, also thanks to their inimitable lines and personality.

“We got started with colour”, says Carlo Urbinati, president of Foscarini. “Orbital, the lamp-sculpture that marked the beginning of our collaboration with Ferruccio Laviani in 1991, was also this: an investigation of the relationship between colour and form. Foscarini lamps are alive at night and in the daytime, on or off: they have a physical presence, not just a function. Colour brings volumes to life, permitting perception of full and empty parts, expressing the personality of the object”. 

The chromatic dialectic, taken to extremes in the pairings of complementary tones, is explored in the Be/Colour capsule collection, which reinterprets – respecting and underscoring the creative inspiration with which they began – models like Magneto by Giulio Iacchetti (right), Twiggy by Marc Sadler, Binic by Ionna Vautrin, Gregg by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, Bahia by Lucidi Pevere.

“Colour has only recently been redeemed from the Rationalist heritage”, Ferruccio Laviani points out, “that has always seen it as something additional, not fundamental, relegated at best to the sphere of the interpretation of individual primary colours. It was only with the advent of Post-Modernism, and above all with Memphis and Alchimia, that palettes of unusual hues were introduced, with unconventional combinations.The theme of colour and its presence in contemporary industrial design thus becomes an important factor, one of the main features of any new creation”.

“Designing with colour means considering not only what is at the centre, but also what is at the side or in the surroundings”, Urbinati explains. We have always offered suggestions, rather than responses. We do what we love to do, and we are what we want to be. And Foscarini is colour. Full colour, emotional colour, colour on colour, colour that is a declaration: of intent, but also of feelings”.

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