Empatia 16 Wall / Ceiling Light
Carlotta de Bevilacqua , Paola di Arianello
Murano glass diffuser, white metal base
2014 Wallpaper Design Awards 2014 iF Product Design Award
Empatia is inspired by the association between the great glass-blowing tradition and the LED technology of Artemide. High interest in the expression potentials of this material resulted into co-operation with master glass blowers to gain full control of the special suppleness of Venetian glass and to work on the balance between surface and light, between subtle densities and transparencies. Hence clear, pure craft objects, each of them unique in all respects. Transparency and opacity are wisely dosed to obtain a glass that reflects light without glaring and without losing efficiency. Hence optical device, whose heart is a high-performance LED-based light engine created separately from the glass emission body in favor of higher thermal efficiency and performance. Light is controlled with maximum yield and driven towards the glass diffuser through a transparent pipe with a very low absorption coefficient.
“This project is intended to achieve a healthy balance, understood as proportion in forms and a relationship between materials and technology. To design a form that is not in fact a form but substantially becomes a garment for light, I had recourse to pure geometry: two planes that meet in space, draw a line and nothing else”.