Rituals XL, by Italian lighting Foscarini, gives
off the effect of a Japanese paper lantern but is
made of blown, satin-effect glass.
rice paper lanterns are an interior design staple,
adding lovely ambience to indoor and outdoor spaces with
their diffuse, warm light. On nighttime strolls down my
street, Iím always enamored of the giant paper lantern
hanging in the window of a yoga studio thatís housed
in an old brownstone, its massive scale giving it the
effect of a magical glowing orb.
delicate lamps donít last long, however, prone as they
are to rips, punctures and tears. In a clever move,
Italian lighting designer Foscarini has created a lamp
that evokes the lightness of rice paper but is, in fact,
made of Venetian blown glass. Designed by Milan-based
architects Ludocvica and Roberto Palomba, Rituals XL is,
indeed, an extra-large lamp, albeit one thatís both
dramatic and durable.
incisions, created using an ancient technique of
grinding blown glass, give Rituals XL an organic feel
akin to a Japanese lantern. Inspired by the work of
Isamu Noguchi, it would work well in many settings,
evoking a mediative mood. Info: