Wit, whimsy and warmth abound in the world of Slamp, an Italian lighting company founded in 1994 by former fashion show designer Robert Ziliani. From the beginning, Slamp has been mixing up a veritable cocktail of contemporary, high-concept aesthetics spiked with a cheeky attitude, and creating sophisticated, contemporary lighting with a playful ambiance.
Early variations of the company's first design, the Slamp Tube, a standing lamp with a silk-screened shade, featured Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The Disney collaboration bought further recognition to Slamp, and the company quickly attained further recognition for its hand-craftsmanship and quality materials.
In addition to fine leather, rare woods, Swarovski crystals, steel and anodized brass, Slamp employs unusual, flexible materials. The most notable is Opalflex, a recyclable material used for making Slamp lamps. Luminous, opalescent and as attractive as glass, versatile and unbreakable as plastic, it is patented and produced exclusively for Slamp. Opalflex is a totally original mix of polymers and particular additives with unique properties for the emanation of light. The gradation of the colours, which is also brought about by serigraphic means, renders the lamps into luminous presences which create a specifically unmistakable atmosphere. Related materials include the clear-glass brightness of Cristalflex®, the mirror reflection of Steelflex and the prismatic effect of Lentiflex.
Each Slamp design transcends functionality, suffusing residential and commercial spaces with a sense of wonderment.
Nigel Coates is one of the few English architects who is also renowned as a designer. He maintains the original and coherent idea that architecture and design should carefully reflect the confusion and sensuality of the city. His first success came about in Japan, where, during the 80's and 90's, he designed more than twenty buildings and interior designs. His work reflected that original mixture of enthusiastic intuition and culture that were intrinsic to him.
He subsequently built a wide range of shops, restaurants and museums in Europe and Great Britain, including the National Centre for Popular Music and the Geffrye Museum, both in England. These two works were chosen to represent England at the Biennial of Architecture 200. His furniture design and objects in glass, like those for Hitch Mylius and Salviati play with association and context and merge their stylistic references into sensual flowing forms.
Throughout his career, Coates promoted his ideas by means of exhibitions and publications, amongst which is his most ambitious book "Guide to Ecstacity". He is also a professor of Architectural Design at the Royal College of Art, London.View other products by Nigel Coates