Someone just had a ‘lightbulb’ moment in the world of luxe lighting. Who needs conventional perfection when contemporary perfection incorporates deliberate defects – or put more simply, why not deconstruct your expectations and smash up a lamp! Cool – now you’ve got ‘CRASH’ – a dish for displaying veg and fruit as well as a suspended light fitting that’s a talking point. Erm…is it meant to be like that or did you have an accident in transit?



Be sure to display the bowl beneath the light – then, oh yeah, it’s deliberate!


Designer Matteo Uggolini works with the Italian designer light house Karman. His Eureka inspiration for ‘Crash’?  – ‘Go beyond… break an idea in two pieces and double its usual function.’


According to the Karman site – Uggolini doesn’t describe himself as a designer – he just designs what he likes, inspired by nature to excite and create emotion. His SISMA range is inspired by skeletons. The lights look pulled apart, broken – where’s the shade?


He constructed – or should that be deconstructed? – his ‘Sisma’ floor lamps and suspension lamps by sculpturally welding metal into position, then hanging naked bulbs from wires slung within the structure.


In a quirky, surreal combination of comical and macabre, the skeletal lamps almost seem to drip their intestines in incandescent globs of light.


In a similar act of deconstruction, a collaboration between Giovanna Colapristi, a student of the Verona Academy of Fine Arts and his professor, designer Sotirios Papadopoulos, produced the MONO collection.


Made of white fibreglass wrapped around wire netting, wrought from rusty iron, ‘Mono’ looks like it’s coming apart. There’s a chaotic ‘fallen’ beauty to its precarious angles – as if its innards are barely held intact.


A much more elegant affair, the DOMENICA light is holding it together more thoroughly, but still… half of its outer dressing (made from white plaster) drapes over the inner gold and brown metal mesh like a tatty ballgown revealing its underskirts.



Designed by architect/designer duo Luca De Bona and Dario De Meo, ‘Domenica’ lights display the concept of deconstruction in the most charming manner. No longer morbidly amusing, they merely appear to be incomplete, but in a completely gorgeous way.


Like quintessential accessories for a decaying ballroom, they are majestic, gothic and classically Italiante – with a twist.


All of these lights from KarmanItalia shed light on a contemporary concept – the idea that by showing how things are put together, by revealing the structure, then playing around with it – even smashing it – you create a little bit of mystery, and an awful lot of magic.