Object No. 1

Kartell invited us to reinvent an object from their catalogue with Lisbon in mind to be exhibited during the opening of their first store in the city.

Object No. 1 is an exploration of Lisbon’s light – glows and reflections arranged in a complex continuity – through the table lamp designed by Ferrucio Laviani.

Lisbon has a history-loaded urban fabric but one doesn’t need know anything about the city to have a thrilling visual experience.

Lisbon is nostalgic by default but she’s had several interruptions to that state of mind during which geo-referential icons emerged. Icons that assemble in multiple skylines depending on the belvedere, square, street or interstice from which we see them, juxtaposed in a persistent and intriguing landscape.

We didn’t want to draw Lisbon on the lamp nor the lamp on Lisbon; we tried to bond lamp and Lisbon as parts of the same organism, matter from the same landscape, aspects of the same vision.

Object No. 1 has travelled across several exhibition rooms in Portugal.

Title Object No. 1
Dimensions LWH 590 × 570 × 1790 mm
Materials MDF, acrylic glass, Kartell table lamp and aluminium
Date 2011
Photography Camarim