It is the hidden light sources in this minimal lamp, which give it a sculptural quality.
A MODERN TAKE ON THE TRADITIONAL LANTERN
A parallelepiped of pure light renders geometry luminous with the force of primary ideas. The void fills with a luminous substance that radiates all around, without revealing the light source. The poetry of this void inevitably makes us think of its opposite: the physicality of the world.
The Ipnos lamp by Rossi & Bianchi is a little bit of all of this. A LED floor lamp composed of an ultra-light skeleton of thin extruded aluminium profiles, emanating diffused luminosity. In the dark, only pure lines of light emerge, leaving the space inside the lamp empty. > By taking away no longer needed elements from the traditional lantern, we ended up with a simple metal box, supporting invisible light sources. A void that is filled by the surrounding space.—Nicoletta Rossi and Guido Bianchi