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A Mix of Design and Venetian Glassmaking: the Bonaldo Lighting Collection

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A mix of design and the Venetian art of glassmaking: the Bonaldo Lighting Collection is the new range of lamps by the Italian company specialized in the production of design furniture and accessories. The product of tireless research and development activities in both style and materials, this new collection pays tribute to the most prestigious artisanal techniques reinterpreted with a modern take through collaborations with artists specialized in lighting design.

All the products are made strictly in the Veneto region, confirming the close bond between the Company and its land of origin, where the lighting industry stretches back for centuries. The lamps are made from blown and borosilicate glass, with manufacturing techniques that take their cue from the old traditions: being malleable and fluid, the matter is shaped by hand with stunning expertise and technique to create beautiful lamps of high scenic impact. From suspension lamps to floor and table lamps, every piece in the new collection encapsulates the spirit of an area steeped in charm and synonymous with the culture of glassmaking. The creations evoke the charm of the best local art form and – whether used alone or as part of coordinated sets – enhance any residential or contract setting.

Take the delicate Sofì, for example, which instantly conjures up images of the master glassmakers in their workshops, engrossed in the art of shaping the molten glass. Glass droplets that look like soap bubbles, spherical elements matched to squared lines, glass combined with metal: each detail creates a playful sense of geometry and recalls sculptural artworks that Bonaldo and its designers have reinterpreted with creativity. The stunning Crossroad brings a strong dynamic feel to the space, creating evocative lighting effects, while Acquerelli is characterized by thin and ethereal shapes and delicate colours like overlapping brush strokes to emphasise the craftsmanship of the blown glass. The Oriental-inspired San recalls the typical headgear worn in many Asian countries.

The collection was designed by a team of creatives including Marco Zito, Laura Cazzaniga and Ilaria Limonta, Oriano Favaretto, Silvia Braconi and Studio Team Design, who specialise in product design and lighting technology. The new lighting collection is part of the “Bonaldo Total Look” project that proposes dynamic and coordinated spaces where every single element in the company’s vast range of products for living and sleeping areas becomes a vehicle for Bonaldo’s strong and recognisable flair – while allowing the identification of a precise interior style.

“The new Lighting Collection is an important step for Bonaldo in a period of real vitality and dynamism,” explains Alberto Bonaldo, the Company’s Managing Director. “Our objective is to create settings which respond to the demands of an increasingly international and aesthetically discerning market. By teaming up with international designers and local artisans, we’ve been able to take a tradition which is the envy of the world and make it feel contemporary by incorporating different inspirations and influences.”

Subtle colours and fluid shapes characterize the Acquerelli lamp collection. Made from blown glass, these lamps bring colour to the space just like watercolours brush strokes on a blank piece of paper. “Acquerelli”, in fact, is the Italian word for “watercolours”.

The Acquerelli lamps feature a lampshade in blown glass and a structure in mat lead painted metal. They are available in the suspension or table version and come in two sizes, each one with a different shape for the lampshade. In the double-glass suspension version, the two lampshades (small and large) come together to form a single lamp. There is also a composition formed by three smaller lampshades.

The name of this collection of lamps is inspired by the famous French diva, a symbol of femininity and an inspiring muse, with her unmistakable style that still sets new trends today.

Similarly, the Bardot lamp breathes new life into any setting. Colour and simplicity are the key features of Bardot: in fact, the metal structure is linear and it is available in different colours, while the base and the sphere have a mat brass finish to emphasise the light. Bardot is available as a table or floor lamp in two different heights.

The intersection of metal elements creates a game of light and shapes that gives a scenic character to the space. Available as a floor or suspension lamp, Crossroad is made up of mat lead painted metal cylinders which feature an amber-coloured glass element at the end containing the light source.

The San suspension lamp draws inspiration from the Orient: its shape mirrors the typical hats worn in Asian countries, while its name derives from the Chinese “san”, word for “umbrella”. The lampshade is made of mat soft-touch metal in either white or grey, while the ceiling rose and the curved support are in pearlescent beige metal. The intertwined cabling brings a sense of dynamism to the overall appearance of the lamp, allowing the user to adjust the height of the lampshades. San is available with either 3 or 4 lampshades.

The Sofì lamp collection is a tribute to the ancient art of glass blowing: a reference to the artisanal Venetian tradition which has been kept alive by master glassworkers for centuries. The key element to Sofì is the borosilicate glass sphere, which features a warm amber-coloured finish and is paired with burnished brass cylindrical fittings.

The collection includes various different models: a ceiling lamp with a metallic structure featuring 7 or 10 spheres, a suspension lamp with 1, 5 or 7 spheres, a floor lamp, two table lamps (a smaller one without glass spheres and a taller one with glass sphere) and a wall lamp.