Design by Giulio Iacchetti, 2008.
Tropico has a decidedly sculptural presence, although it remains easy to interpret. It produces an all embracing, atmospheric light, thanks to the inner cylinder that filters and spreads the luminous fluorescent flow. The finishes available give two strongly contrasting effects: the ice version lets the light through, while the ivory version- which underlines the material and decorative effect of the element - recalls the almost ethnic vision of an oriental lantern. The personality can be further emphasized by inserting one of the optional color filters, with a choice of a cool violet tone or a warm orange tone.
Tropico requires assembly. Please contact us if you have any questions about the assembly instructions prior to ordering.
Material(s): thermoplastic resin
Dimensions: 23.75" X 22" H X 200" Max overall length
Lamp Type: fluorescent, compact fluorescent
Bulbs: 1 X 42W GX24q-4 type T4 compact fluorescent lamp (not included)
Listing: UL, cUL
Instructions: Click to download Instructions. Instruction Sheet 1
Models: 179073-16 179073-50
Giulio Iacchetti, born in 1966, has worked in the field of industrial design since 1992. He alternates this activity with teaching at many universities and schools of design in Italy and abroad. He works as artistic director for important brands like iB rubinetterie, Ceramica Globo and Il Coccio design edition. For Corraini Edizioni he has edited the book Italianità, a collection of contributions on objects, symbols, odors, flavors and sounds that contribute to form the consciousness of the Italian people. The distinctive characteristics of his work are research and definition of new object typologies, like the Moscardino, the multiuse biodegradable utensil for which, in 2001, together with Matteo Ragni, he wone the Compasso d'Oro, with the object becoming part of the permanent design collection of MoMA New York. The concept and coordination of the group project Eureka Coop, for Coop Italia, brought design into the major retailing circuit and focused on the new generation of Italian design.
The Foscarini collection brings together objects that express strong ideas with special character of their own. Ideas are transformed into a tangible reality thanks to the contribution of leading personalities from the world of design. Foscarini lights up their creativity and guides their proposals.
The cornerstone of Foscarini is research into forms and materials. Established in 1981 in Venice. Foscarini started out by exploring the opportunities offered by Murano glass. Over the years, the range of materials used has expanded to include glass, polyethylene, wood and aluminum, as well as patented materials such as an exclusive textured glass and Kevlar ® or carbon fiber composite.
There were some issues but this is a great lamp
There was an awkward process on this one but we are very happy with the result. We loved the look of the ivory color lamp in the photos on Ylighting'Âs site. I called Ylighting to ask why the images show a brownish bronze color but it is called ivory. The Ylighting rep told me confidently that ivory is the color of an elephant's tusk, which can be brown, unlike conventional wisdom. She also told me that the ivory color is not to be used with the optional color filters, that those are suitable only for the Âice color. Based on this guidance, we bought the lamp but not the filters.
The lamp arrived and it is in fact off-white in color and not at all like what is shown on the site. Given that the lamp comes as just a big bag of small plastic parts, it was hard to make the judgment call as to whether or not we would like it in this unexpected color. (On the manufacturer's site, there also is no photo that shows the actual color of the lamp.) YLighting was open to having us return the lamp, but not if I assembled it to see what it looked like. After lots of discussion with our designer, sleeping on it, thinking about it some more, we decided to take the chance and moved forward with the assembly, which took a full two hours. (The instructions suggest that you hang the lamp, wire it fully, and then build the elaborate shade around it. In our case this was not practical so we assembled it in another location.) The Ylighting rep also steered me wrong about the filters. Comparing the physical lamp with the photos, I believe the images shown include the orange filter.
To be clear, if you illuminate the lamp and leave the rest of the room dark, the shade does look dark, even if it does not look brownish bronze. Under other conditions, what you see in your room is a large off-white lamp. Despite the awkward process, the lamp is a genius design, interesting, and unique. We may tweak the wall color in the apartment to accentuate it more, and look forward to seeing it with the orange filter when it comes.
By: Doug K., Homeowner (Brooklyn, NY)
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