by Christophe Mathieu , 2017
Wrapping the Light
How does one design a light that translates the playfulness of an endlessly spiraling ribbon? The Piola collection is about imitating this fluidity of infinite movement, in search of a balance between the diffusion of light and the creation of shadows.
A central metal column holds more than 16 inches of spiraling, laminated band, enveloping, protecting, and sifting the light for beauty and comfort. Several different types of light coexist here: direct downward light, indirect reflected light, and a light that sneaks between the edges of the spiral, illuminating the fixture itself with a warm, homey glow.
The fixture’s spiraling form breaks with the monotony of cleanly ordered lines, offering a different face from every angle. At the same time, the central column provides a symmetry and solidity that supports and reinforces the visual movement of the screen. The Piola is available in four colors, with the structure and screen always in the same color to lend the fixture cohesion and unity. In this way, by contrast, the quality of the light takes center stage.