Lou is a collection of three luminous objects of desire, halfway between lamps and vases, designed by Aldo Cibic for Venini, the prestigious Venetian company that specialises in Murano handmade glass.
The three models, made of hand-crafted glass, have a hybrid identity: the lamp becomes a vase and vice versa. Lou reveals the intensity of the colours of the glass when the light is off, then restoring the ethereal aspect of the raw material when the lamp is turned on.
“The collection for Venini came from the idea of working on an ambiguous shape which is a combination of a vase and a lamp,” said Aldo Cibic. “In fact, the objects are shaped like vases which stand on a metal base. They are covered with a faintly coloured lid which has a red pinnacle placed on top. In a way, these objects of light might look familiar, but it’s hard to remember where you have seen them before. It is a pleasant surprise to enjoy the intensity of the colours when the light is switched off; and when switched on, those colours become even more intense and the craftsmanship of the glass emerges.”
The collection uses the ancient technique of milk-white opal glass, created for the first time in Murano in the early 15th century in order to imitate porcelain. The particular colour in Lou is obtained by overlapping transparent colours on the milk-white base.