It is the hidden light sources in this minimal lamp, which give it a sculptural quality.
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. An outdoor 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
Nicoletta Rossi and Guido Bianchi
Architects Nicoletta Rossi, born in Milan in 1961, and Guido Bianchi, born in Florence in 1970, started their career dealing exclusively with lighting projects and prototypes.
They collaborated with a great number of companies and organisations both in Italy and abroad, and after having gained extensive experience with Piero Castiglioni Studio, they founded Rossi Bianchi Lighting Design in Milan in 2006.
First and foremost, a lighting project has to meet functional criteria but research extends to the ‘non measurable’ aspects which influence the visual and emotional perception of space.
The study of light encompasses the development of tailor-made solutions and limited edition lamps in which technological innovation combines with artisan production.