LUCE 328 | PREVIEW

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Anno / Year 57
Giugno / June 2019

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LED DESIGN SPECIAL REPORT

LUCE 328

THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE FUTURE.
NEW FORMS IN THE DESIGN OF LIGHTING FIXTURES WITH LED TECHNOLOGY
by Laura Bellia, Andrea Calatroni

The advent of LEDs in lighting broke the dichotomy between the lighting fixtures manufacturers and light sources ones, paving the way for new producers and favouring new industrial cooperation. In this varied landscape, one thing is certain: for better or for worse, LEDs have forced light designers and luminaire designers to think differently, and it is important to listen to some of their opinions on the subject. We did it with this Special Report, with Guido Bianchi, Giorgio Biscaro, Miriam Emiliano, Daniele Ruzza, Giacomo Rossi and Enzo Panzeri.

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EUROLUCE SPECIAL REPORT

EUROLUCE 2019
MORE INTERNATIONAL AND COSMOPOLITAN
by Francesco Ciulli

During the Salone del Mobile fair in Milan, the numerous absences of Italian lighting manufacturers were quite noticeable in the four pavilions dedicated to lighting. Those absent, including some major names, have been replaced by foreign companies, Spanish, Canadian, German, etc. Some Italian exhibitors have complained about the easy granting of important spaces, logistically favorable, to companies that were new to Euroluce. Actually, the fair has taken on a more European, international, and cosmopolitan face.[/column]

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EPIPHANIES OF LIGHT

IN THE LIGHT OF LEONARDO DA VINCI
by Empio Malara

LUCE pays tribute to Leonardo, on the occasion of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of his death. A brief and precious story about light, at the centre of studies and observations that underlie the creations of the great Florentine master. The author, Empio Malara, previously edited the exhibition and the book Leonardo and the waterways and the volume Leonardo, Vanvitelli and Bellotto in Vaprio d’Adda.


RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

LIGHTING FOR A PHILOLOGICAL RECONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECTURAL RECONFIGURATION OF SPACE. THE SANTA MARTA LIBRARY IN FLORENCE 
by Carla Balocco, Giulia Volante

That of light is a theme that relates to life, work, health, the function of space and historic building, often belonging to the Cultural Heritage, and is connected to strong and complex symbolic, historical and cultural meanings. With this research, a method of environmental experimentation and monitoring has been defined, with reference to the information content (criticality, historical and philological elements and characters) that light, interpreted and read as a transmission channel for signals, can transfer and communicate.


EDUCATION

THE LIGHTING DESIGNERS TALK
by Pietro Mezzi

Training and lighting design: the word to the lighting designers. After collecting the opinions of several experts over the past few months, LUCE resumes its journey on training, this time listening to five lighting designers, with a rich curriculum behind them, whose opinions make up a varied picture of opinions: Anna Busolini, Cinzia Ferrara, Filippo Cannata, Alessandro Grassia, Giacomo Rossi.


CIRIAF CONFERENCE SPECIAL REPORT

PERUGIA UNIVERSITY PAYS TRIBUTE TO SHUJI NAKAMURA, THE NOBEL PRIZE WINNER FOR THE INVENTION OF THE LED
by Elisa Belloni, Cinzia Buratti, Franco Cotana

The academic world of Perugia celebrated an important annual event, the XIX CIRIAF National Congress, with the presence of an extraordinary protagonist of the world of light: Professor Shuji Nakamura, Nobel Prize for Physics in 2014 and inventor of the Blue LED light, for the occasion awarded with the Honoris Causa PhD in Energy and Sustainable Development.


MAKING OF

GHOST. SETTING UP THE INVISIBLE
by Andrea Calatroni

For over forty years, Simes has been dedicated to researching, conceiving and producing outdoor lighting equipment, relying on the best designers to shape its light. Last, in order of appearance, is Marc Sadler, who designed Ghost Concrete: “A blade of light comes out of the cement, and when it is turned off it disappears: no artifice, only a brutalist-inspired cut in the cement, poured directly into the shuttering”.

PICO WIRELESS. RELIABILITY AND PRECISION WITHOUT CABLES
by Andrea Calatroni

Always at the forefront, Lutron is one of the leading players among manufacturers of light control and management systems with wireless products. Pico is a completely wireless composite system consisting of plates, switches, and presence and brightness sensors, able to adapt to the context and to the changing needs. In a contemporary society where everything is changeable, the inhabited space too follows this paradigm, and thus its subsystems.

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DESIGNING LIGHT

THE COLUMN OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION IN ROME: THE ENLIGHTENED ONE
by Francesca Storaro, Vittorio Storaro

Last May in Rome, in Piazza Mignanelli, the suggestive ceremony for the new permanent lighting of the Column of the Immaculate Conception took place. A project conceived and realized thanks to a donation from the journalist and writer Bruno Vespa, to the artistic and lighting design of Vittorio and Francesca Storaro, to the collaboration of Roma Capitale with Acea Spa, and in agreement with the Special Superintendence for Archaeology , Fine Arts and Landscape of Rome.

ON LAKE LUCERNE, A RESORT OF ENCHANTING LIGHT
by Francesca Tagliabue

In the Swiss Alps, in the Nidwalden canton, 500 meters above Lake Lucerne, stands the Bürgenstock Resort. A hotel with a medical centre and a spa, located in a three-storey building dating back to the 1950s, restored and expanded by the Berlin-based architectural firm Diercks & Sacks. Great attention has been paid to lighting design, developed by Andreas Schulz’s Licht Kunst Licht team.

ART&CAFFEINE! IN MILAN, THE NEW FAEMA STORE DESIGNED BY TRAVERSO-VIGHY
by Federica Capoduri

Inaugurated during the Design Week in Zona Tortona, an unmissable stop of the FuoriSalone, it is the first flagship store in the world in over 70 years of the brand history. A creative meeting place linked to the coffee culture, it is born from the refurbishment of an industrial area warehouse along the Milan-Vigevano railway. We talked about it with architect and lighting designer Giovanni Traverso, co-founder with Paola Vighy of the Vicenza studio Traverso-Vighy.


CORRESPONDENCE FROM PARIS

ALWAYS NEW LIGHTS AT THE LOUVRE
by Massimo Gozzi

In a silent Paris, in a brake of the “gilets jaunes” protests of the last months, we visited the Louvre to see how the most famous Museum in the world handles its immense display of works of art from the point of view of their lighting. We have been supported by Marion Benaiteau, of the staff of Jean-Luc Martinez, archaeologist and French art historian specialized in ancient Greek sculpture, since 2013 president and director of this major Institution.


TRIENNALE DESIGN MUSEUM SPECIAL REPORT

AT THE TRIENNALE, THE FIRST EPISODE OF THE ITALIAN DESIGN MUSEUM
by Jacqueline Ceresoli

Italy tells its ability to give shape to ideas, unveiling on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile the first episodes of this tale. The first part of the long-awaited Museum of Italian Design was inaugurated at the Triennale with an exhibition of over 200 iconic pieces from 1946 to 1981, part of the 1,600 objects of the Triennale Collection. The Museum confirms the primacy of Milan in the culture of industrial design, from the reconstruction to the economic boom, up till the surprising Memphis group that revolutionised the functionalist and modernist codes of the past.

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LIGHT DESIGNERS

FRANÇOIS ROUPINIAN: WE TRY TO CREATE MAGIC
by Andrew Peterson

François Roupinian is a young Canadian lighting designer who trained in the art of theater at two major schools: the Banff Center for the Arts and the National Theater School. Hence his passion for light and the staging of architecture. Passion and professionalism that led him to collaborate with large international studios – such as SOM, Dialog or Arquitectonica – and with the Cirque du Soleil. With his studio, Lightemotion, he has designed over 60 projects, spread over the 5 continents.

THOMAS PATERSON OF LUX POPULI: BECAUSE I COULDN’T DANCE, I DISCOVERED THE LOVE FOR LIGHT
by Andrew Peterson

Who is Thomas Paterson? A lighting designer? An engineer? Or both? He is both things, and none. From the lighting direction for theatres and show, he has learned to manipulate a single source of light in the darkness, understanding what can be done and what cannot be done with light. Then, he met Barry Webb, one of Australia’s most famous light designers. The rest is history, he met a girl and moved to Mexico City, where he founded Lux Populi. It turned out to be the wrong girl, but the right city.


DESIGNERS

VALERIO SOMMELLA
A PRODUCT THAT TRASCENDS FASHIONS
by Margherita Pincioni

Born in Tuscany in 1980, he grew upin Milan, where he graduated with honors from the Milan Polytechnic. Now a brilliant Italian designer, he spent the first few years of his career working for important design studios between Milan and Amsterdam (with Stefano Giovannoni and Marcel Wenders), finally founding his own studio in 2009. In a constant dialogue between environment, users, materials, technologies, and aesthetics, each project is an opportunity to challenge his design idea, with a deep faith in technique.


LIGHT ART

IGLOOS. THE ARCHETYPES OF A PROVISIONAL HABITABILITY IN THE POETICS OF MARIO MERZ
by Jacqueline Ceresoli

Configuring habitability of the world in relation to the universe: this is the theme staged in the Aisles and Cube of the Pirelli HangarBicocca in Mario Merz’s first important personal exhibition in Milan. A reflection of his interest in the constant transformation of the physical universe, in never-ending expansion, Merz’s installations based on the Fibonacci series, made with neon tubes, are well-known.


WATER LIGHT FESTIVAL SPECIAL REPORT

IL WATER LIGHT FESTIVAL ACCENDE D’ARTE BRESSANONE
by Stephanie Carminati

Under the motto of “Water is life – Light is art”, the third edition of the Water Light Festival, twinned with the Utilitalia Water Festival and sponsored by AIDI, highlighted the cultural and natural treasures of Bressanone, enwrapping the episcopal city in a magical atmosphere. An open-air art gallery, thanks to the 26 installations of Italian and international artists who played with two precious elements, light and water.

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