Plass by Foscarini



Designer Luca Nichetto
Launched in 2012
Architonic id 1175475

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Take a pearl of ground glass, something simple yet fascinating in its transparency and its veining. Stop to think about the centuries-old tradition that produced such a widespread everyday object, beyond fashion and ages. Now multiply its dimensions, imagine it suspended in mid-air, illuminated by an internal glow that reflects on its engraved surface, creating a woven interplay of light. This is the inspiration behind Plass, designed by Luca Nichetto. Plass (the name is an amalgam of “plastic” and “glass”) interprets the millennia-old artisan tradition of glass-making, in the light of a contemporary process and material: rotationally-moulded clear polycarbonate. Thanks to this technology, which is used for the first time in the lighting sector, the finishes feature slight irregularities, emphasised by the light source, as in hand-made glass. Plass is therefore a common theme that teams the Murano glass-making origins of the designer, Luca Nichetto, and Foscarini with their common vocation for innovation and experimenting with new materials. “I started with the sphere, which I "squashed" slightly, to give it a more or less elongated shape and gave the surface movement by engraving it a lot like grinding. A reminder of the effects of Venetian pearls of glass, also known as “seedbeads”, traditionally hand-engraved.” explains Luca Nichetto. “We imagined two types of light: an emotional light and a functional light. The emotional light is obtained thanks to a central light source which casts the special irregular working of the diffuser into the surroundings, enhancing the decorative details with a highly sophisticated overall effect, while the lower part of the lamp houses a functional down-light”. The colours chosen for the diffuser – aquamarine and grey – are inspired by Murano glass and Venetian craftsmanship. As well as eliciting an atmosphere and an emotion, the colour helps define the shape of the lamp, highlighting the thickness of the engravings on its surface. Due to its appeal, volume, material and shape, Plass is ideal for use in large spaces, including high ones, alone or in multiple compositions.

Material: polycarbonate
Dimensions: Ø 75 H. max 500 cm Colour: light blue, grey
Light bulbs: halogen ( 6x60W) + (1x100W)

Product group: Suspended lights General lighting Pendant lights in plastic
Designer: Luca Nichetto

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