Bellota

Hanging + wall mounted lamp
Ferroluce

Photo by Diana Akhmetianova on Unsplash

Totally nuts.

When I started working on Ferroluce Decò new collection I decided I wanted something inspired by nature too; after all, the general inspiration was somehow something very bright and natural and spontaneous, so avoiding natural formalism seemed kinda odd. Bellota (acorn in spanish language, quite close to brasilian bolota) mimic the geometrical structure of an oak nut, where the top part is completely different from the bottom one: likewise, in Bellota, the top part of the shade is quite sharp and pyramidal, while the bottom is very very rounded and delicate. To underline that, we also used a double finish and we ended up using a matte, grainy and sandy finish on the bottom. I didn’t want to “harden” the ceramic with too sharp reflections. Instead, I wanted the light (natural light, but also the light cast by the bulb, which is conveniently lowered so part of it just pops out, barely visible) to gently spread over the grainy surface of the lamp. I think we achieved that!

Likewise, in Bellota, the top part of the shade is quite sharp and pyramidal, while the bottom is very very rounded and delicate. To underline that, we also used a double finish and we ended up using a matte, grainy and sandy finish on the bottom. I didn’t want to “harden” the ceramic with too sharp reflections. Instead, I wanted the light (natural light, but also the light cast by the bulb, which is conveniently lowered so part of it just pops out, barely visible) to gently spread over the grainy surface of the lamp. I think we achieved that!

Bellota’s rough and matte surface

As we often see happening with suspension lamps, the geometry is usually developed around its light source, and seen the fact we’re still using “standard bulbs” (we’re so much in love with that reassuring old shape that we kept that even for retrofitted LED, did you notice?) I took the decision to design a lamp with an axial symmetry.

 

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