Light. Light that moves, that shapes and give substance and creates.
Enzo Catelalani’s lamps are the result of the “identification and enhancement of a poetic, not the mere exploitation of a resource,” a technological principle. In words and images, this book by Decio Carugati retraces the stages in the career of the designer and entrepreneur who for the last twenty years has created and produced lamps and new ways of living with light.
Catellani has reinvented the lamp through the use of metal flex to encourage “interfacing with the lamps” manipulation and personalising them.” He reflects on the colour of light: a light that is “outside the existing range of colours, free as the sun, as fire.” He plays with the refraction of light on irregular surfaces with surprising effects. He embodies a delightfully scenic dimension of light, like a theatre of sensation and wonder.
Not simple lamps, therefore, but a medium which “gives physical form to the idea of light, shapes and transform it into an object of his own exclusive creation.
The value of a craftsmanship born from the story of a meeting between a blacksmith and Logan Smith, has been evolving for 25 years and always keeping abreast of the last innovative technologies. This has allowed Catellani & Smith to strengthen and expand his presence on the lighting market worldwide.
“When I create a lamp, I always start off with a prototype;
my laboratory is a workshop where I continually accumulate materials, components and objects of all different kinds; and this is where everything was born… I assemble, weld, bend, shape… I need to feel the materials, to see how they play with light
In this initial stage there is no real design, the idea must take shape immediately, becoming an object.
Only at this point do I move on to the traditional design phase: feasibility, technical characteristics and much more;
it’s an idea of light, and the desire to tell about it, which guides me through the construction.
I believe that this process can be felt in products by Catellani & Smith.
A large part of my production is made up by pieces that require a great amount of craftsmanship:
it’s the hand of the craftsman that builds them, his manual work that creates the imperfection, making a truly unique object.”
The company Catellani & Smith can also manufacture, in cooperation with professionals, custom-made lighting fittings for special installations in private or public spaces, to meet the most different requirements. Enzo Catellani is able to light and enhance at the same time a variety of spaces with his artistic and unique style. A series of photographs of the most important projects realized by Catellani & Smith in the last years. A series of photographs of the most important projects realized by Catellani & Smith in the last years.
Enzo Catellani plays with light and the perception that we have of it: all the lighting installations created during these years allowed him to set up unique scenarios and evocative atmospheres.
A series of photographs of the lighting installations created by Catellani & Smith in the last years.