Chouchin by Foscarini



Designer Ionna Vautrin
Launched in 2011
Architonic id 1140067

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Chouchin is a family of suspended lamps that takes its name from traditional Japanese paper and bamboo lanterns used as light and bright signs outside restaurants and bars, or as lucky charms outside homes. Their typical shape have been reinterpreted in a pure contemporary style, using an age-old material: blown glass that has been painted to make it completely opaque and glossy from the outside. The result combines a warm colouring, textured and precious, with a luminous collar that projects an intense, direct beam of light downwards. The family includes three shapes, each with its colour: orange for the large version, grey for the small version and green for the elongated one. The shape and shade accentuate the individuality of each model, coloured in tones that combine beautifully with each other when used in multiple compositions.

Chouchin is the Japanese word for the traditional, symbolic paper and bamboo lanterns used as light, luminous signs outside public places or as lucky charms outside homes. The young French designer, Ionna Vautrin, was inspired by this ethereal, poetic and almost magical object and has reinterpreted it in a contemporary key.
It has an essential and, at the same time, evocative design: the glass body, obtained through a single blowing process, is closed by a collar underneath. Colour played a key role in the choice of materials: glass offers a warm surface on which the varnish produces a full, brilliant colour.
The varnish, which makes the body completely impermeable to light and extremely glossy, ends where the white collar begins. Thus, when the lamp is lit, it illuminates with a soft, warm glow, while an intense, direct beam of light falls on the surface below.
Colour and proportions were created together in Chouchin so that every shape has its own colour: the large one is orange, the small one is grey and the elongated one is olive green. These different solutions for different environments, also have potential to compose extremely scenic ensembles.
Chouchin is both welcoming and warm. , It speaks a young, fresh, language that perfectly combines tradition and modernity.

Material: lacquered blown glass
halogen 1x35W GU10 PAR 16 35°
LED 1x4W GU10 PAR 16 25°

Designer: Ionna Vautrin

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