Environment and Landscape
8th – 13th April 2014
Artemide Showrooms, Corso Monforte & Via Manzoni, Milan
Artemide unveils its new 2014 collection at this year’s Milan Design week at its showrooms on Corso Monforte and Via Manzoni, showcasing the company’s strong in-house expertise and commitment to innovation.
The iconic Italian lighting specialist has continued its tradition of collaborating with some of the most distinguished names in the world of design and architecture, launching a staggering 87 new lights in its 2014 collection. Among them is Jean Nouvel’s Equilibrist, where simple geometrics and a delicate yet bold balance meet to create a future icon in lighting design, and David Chipperfield, who joins Artemide’s stable of designers for the first time, applies his signature minimalistic approach to a simple and beautifully refined cone shaped glass pendant, aptly named Conica. Collaborating with Artemide once again is Swiss design duo Herzog & de Meuron, who have created the Unterlinden which plays with a combination of rough exteriors and shiny, metallic interiors in brass and aluminium.
Artemide has a remarkable ability to combine tradition with the latest lighting technologies, and its latest experiments with hand-blown glass lighting are perfect examples of this expertise. Following the successful launch of Empatia in 2013, Artemide introduces the new Incalmo by Carlotta de Bevilacqua & Fabio Zanola, which cleverly incorporates clear and matt glass, blown in the company’s factory in Murano, and Meteorite by Pio & Tito Toso, which is cold pressed by an external mould to leave a delicate pattern imprinted on its glass surface.
Wellbeing remains one of Artemide’s core values, and this year it launches The Good Light by Jerome Brunet; Selena has been designed specifically to resemble a window, producing ad hoc lighting environments that enhance psychological and physical wellbeing. Another technological innovation is the Acoustic Light, a range of three lights which looks at the environmental qualities of light and sound, combining optical and sound absorbing technologies to improve small as well as large spaces.
As well as looking towards the future, Artemide revisits the past to show why it has such enduring iconic appeal. On display will be the Masters’ Pieces Collection feature Artemide classics dating back to the 50s, as well as its modern icons including: Sergio Mazza’s Alfa (1959); Enzo Mari’s Polluce (1965); Gio Ponti’s Fato (1969); Ettore Sottsass’ Callimaco and Pausania (1982/3); Santiago Calatrava’s Montjuic (1990), Herzog&de Meuron’s Pipe (2002); and Zaha Hadid’s Genesy (2009).
Notes to Editors
Founded in 1960 by Ernesto Gismondi, President, the Artemide Group is based in Pregnana Milanese and operates through 24 controlled and related companies and a distribution network that includes almost 60 single-brand showrooms in major cities all around the world. The Artemide products are distributed in 98 different Countries. With 5 manufacturing plants in Italy, France, Hungary, and the US, 2 glassworks, and 2 R&D facilities in Italy and in France, the Group currently employs about 750 units, including 68 involved in R&D activities, thus confirming the primary role of innovation as a key factor for the Group’s success.