Milano 2012: Alvaro Catalan de Ocon at Rossana Orlandi


Spanish designer Alvaro Catalan de Ocon was showing at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan Furniture Fair last week.

We instantly fell in love with his Candil Lamps made from brass, copper and timber. To turn the lights off you simple push the bulb out of the bowl. The bulb is attached via the magnetic tension of the electrics and is not screwed into a socket as usual.

“Candil was conceived as a tabletop version of Cornucopia. While the technical principle remains the same, reducing the lamp to its three basic elements, in this case the use of materials reflects on the different physical properties necessary to make the electrical apparatus work. Copper and brass are optimum conductors, while wood acts as a perfect insulator. The carefully crafted shapes of the copper bowls allow the bulb to effortlessly slide in its place, while its warm tones gently alter the quality of the light giving it a candlelight effect.”

Another exciting product was modular Rayuela Table and the Cornucopia Lamp.

Alvaro explains about the patterns and shapes of the Rayuela Table, “Traditional tile designs can spread infinitely by just repeating a single shape, creating patterns by combining different colors of the same material. The most efficient form, offering the greatest possibilities, is the rhombus. Three of them make a hexagon which is the best way to cover a surface. Using three colors you get a fascinating optical effect.”

Read more: Alvaro Catalan de Ocon

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