love letter to the Castiglioni brothers by molo

love letter to the Castiglioni brothers

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Designer Stephanie Forsythe, Todd MacAllen
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love letter is a sculptural piece on which you can pen your own sentiments of love. The “letter” itself is a light source, consisting of a bi-directional electroluminescent film that gives off light from both sides and has a surface that you can white on with a dry erase marker (or something more permanent if you are feeling committed!). The quality of light is soft, similar to candle light – just enough to keep you company.

love letter to the Castiglioni brothers is a light sculpture on which you can pen your own sentiments of love. The “letter” itself is a light source, consisting of a bi-directional electroluminescent film that gives off light from both sides of a quality similar to candle light.

This version of love letter has a base formed of a marble cylinder that is an actual core from the making of the marble base of the renowned Arco lamp, designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962.

When visiting FLOS in Italy, we were able to watch the marble being cut and shaped for the Arco lamps. The marble cores - a byproduct of this process - now form the base of this version of love letter, designed as a tribute to the inspiration that the Castiglioni brothers have given through the delight and ingenuity of their designs.

In the spirit of play, delight, and the contagious influence of another great designer Ingo Maurer, we have created another variation of the love letter light. This one uses wool felt rocks (another manufacturing byproduct) as its base, and has the electroluminescent letter perched on a longer steel wire. The letter can slide to different positions along the wire, giving the lamp differing postures and an animated personality.

As the power source to the electroluminescent film is low voltage (DC 12v), we have chosen to leave the inner workings of the power inverter open to display as a mini cityscape, rather than hiding this away inside a black box. There is a playful addition to this “cityscape” that makes each light unique.

North American models come with a standard 120v power adaptor. Models for use in other regions come with a power adaptor that will accept 100-240v (50-60HZ), with a “type A” plug shape (2 flat parallel prongs). An inexpensive adaptor would be required to convert the plug shape to other standards.



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