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About


THE FOSCARINI BRAND VALUES

Foscarini imagines, develops and produces decorative lamps: night and day, whether they’re on or off, they seduce, surprise and inspire. Foscarini lights are conceived as design objects that transform spaces: we bring beauty, we stir emotions. Foscarini designs with an independence from any production constraints, which translates into freedom of ideas. The company’s 35 years of collaborations with international designers and mastery of lighting resulted in a long list of design icons integrated into domestic or collective environments globally. One constant through our history has been our rigor and passion for each project.

Freedom

The absence of constraints - in production,

technologies, or on the supply-side - makes us

independent from mental constraints.

Innovation

We are never satisfied with "easy" solutions, or with the

first idea at our fingertips. We believe the best is

always further away.

Project

Our heritage is not based on the production potential

of our ideas, but the ability to create them.

Our products are a dialogue between a concept and a form.

Charisma

Our lamps are an expression of a coherent vision that

guides our creative, aesthetic, and moral instincts.

We do not vegetate in neutrality, we take positions.

Passion

We get to the mind through the heart. The passion that

we inspire is that which we ourselves experience for

our products and the projects from which they originate.

Poetry

Like the poet, we manipulate material to translate a

project into a product. With art, we share a creative

language and attitude toward ideas.  

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History


HISTORY OF FOSCARINI

1981

Foscarini is founded on the island of Murano(Venice). It creates lighting systems for the contract sector.

1990

Rodolfo Dordoni designs LUMIERE, the first major Foscarini success.

1996

The company is one of the first in its sector to qualify for UNI EN ISO 9001 certification.

1983

Foscarini is founded on the island of Murano(Venice). It creates lighting systems for the contract sector.

1992

ORBITAL by Ferruccio Laviani is the first lamp produced by Foscarini in industrial glass.

2000

Two years of research and a new material - a blend of fibreglass and carbon fibre or Kevlar - for MITE and TITE by Marc Sadler.

1985

First collaboration with external designers: Adam Tihany and Joseph Mancini for WASSLY OFF THE WALL.

1993

HAVANA by Jozeph Forakis introduces the first material other than glass: polyethylene.

2001

The MITE and TITE lamps receive the Compasso d'Oro award for "decisive technological innovation."

1988

Carlo Urbinati and Alessandro Vecchiato, who enter the firm as designers, become its new owners.

1994

Blown glass is no longer the preferred material: Foscarini adapts to this change, moving to Marcon, on the mainland.

2002

The magazine "Lux" begins, as Foscarini's first publishing experience.

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Designers


DESIGNERS OF FOSCARINI

George Carwardine

Invented by a Car Designer


When automotive engineer, George Carwardine chanced upon a formula for a new kind of spring, he had created the blueprint for a groundbreaking articulated task lamp that could combine ultimate flexibility with perfect stability. Two years later the Original 1227™ was born.

Sir Kenneth Grange

Making Britain Modern


Having previously identified the Anglepoise as his favourite design and a ‘minor miracle of balance’, Sir Kenneth Grange became Design Director of Anglepoise in 2003.

Paul Smith

Three Stunning Interpretations


Paul Smith is Britain’s foremost designer, renowned for his creative aesthetic, which combines tradition and modernity.

Margaret Howell

Simplicity, Functionality, Authenticity & Timelessness


Esteemed British designer Margaret Howell has frequently championed the Anglepoise® lamp, admiring the similar design qualities that are the essence of her clothing: simplicity, functionality, authenticity and timelessness.

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Products


PRODUCTS OF FOSCARINI