Francesco Librizzi gives form to light

Setareh, this is the name of the family of lighting fixtures that Francesco Librizzi, a young Sicilian architect working in Milan, has designed for the first time for FontanaArte. Nevertheless, in a way the lamps refer to iconic  Italian design lamps from the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Upper left: Domani Designs, 1967. Upper right: Lumi, 1968. Lower right: Stilnovo, ca. 1960s. Lower left: Stilnovo, ca. 1950s.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Italian lighting manufacturers such as Stilnovo produced lamps that share an aesthetic similar to the Setareh lamps. The core of the design is about one or multiple white glass spheres, supported by a metal frame.

Setareh was born of the idea of giving form to light. The lamp is composed of a sphere in hand-blown white satin glass, magically suspended within a thin metal structure. The play of circular masses and trajectories generates a balanced design of gravitational dynamics. The light from the sphere is diffused into the surrounding space, illuminating the frame. The reflections of the metal render the luminous field visible, space influenced by light, by its aura. The result is a collection of lighting elements, available in tabletop and suspension versions, of extraordinary poetic grace. The table version is available in two models while the suspension version comes in several variants: bare, with only the frame and glass sphere (also available with three spheres), with a diffuser in curved white glass (diameter 45, 65, 85 cm), or with a painted metal disc in white or black (diameter 45, 65, 85, 100 cm).

Setareh suspension lamps

Setareh table lamps


Ruud Fiers

Ruud is art-director and editor of Plant Light Book

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