Enzo Catellani has designed his first collection of outdoor lights for Catellani & Smith in response to the trend that, over the years, has seen living spaces move outside into terraces and gardens, creating extensions of the house.
Enzo Catellani’s main goal was to create a collection of indoor lamps suitable for outdoor installation; lighting fixtures created for the outside, but able to recreate the same warmth and atmosphere as indoor lights.
Glass plays a starring role in this collection; glass which, before being completely cooled, is shaped by hand. As occurs with the processing of all Catellani & Smith lamps, aesthetics and craftsmanship are combined with the latest technology for outdoor lighting.
The most striking piece in the collection is Medousê, a light made of two overlapping glass hemispheres, which is green when switched off, to complement the surrounding landscape perfectly, and an ethereal white when switched on.
Also made of glass, the composition of irregular shapes of More, which is supported by stems in green gold colour, seems to magically emerge from the ground like a luminous hedge. More moves and sways with each gust of wind and becomes the fruits of a tree in the unique piece ‘Albero della Luce’, created by Enzo Catellani in 2005, whose copper trunk, in several colour shades, takes us back to a magical nature of the past.
The new Syphasera series, which developed from a project by Biolago Piscine & Natura, coordinated by Maurizio Quargnale, completes the outdoor collection. Syphasera is a potentially endless family of customizable light sources, which are available in different versions for the ground, for pots or for water, and which when off are able to blend into the surrounding natural environment. These luminous ‘plants’ are ideal for architects and designers as they can create new shapes, flourish, multiply and change their surroundings. If ‘design’ means ‘to invent’ new shapes, then Syphasera is a piece of non-design that doesn’t dare change something that is already naturally perfect. Syphasera is nature, but gives light. The family includes several elements, developed by Guido Parenzan and Maurizio Quargnale together with the expertise of the agronomist Maurizio Vegini.