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Uptown: City of Light

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There’s a new skyscraper in town: the light. For NYCxDESIGN Festival 2022 Foscarini pays homage to the Big Apple and its unmistakable skyline with the photography project “The City of Light”.

Once again Foscarini chooses the art of photography to narrate its evolution and its products. During Design Week 2022 in New York Foscarini presents “The City of Light”, an original photography project by Gianluca Vassallo and Francesco Mannironi where the protagonist is UpTown, the sculptural floor lamp by Ferruccio Laviani that pays homage – starting with the name – to the most inimitable skyline in the world: that of Manhattan.

A lamp-sculpture, a skyscraper of light with a presence of great impact, Uptown is a composition of three volumes made with plates of tempered, coloured and screen-printed glass, in the primary colours yellow, red and blue, superimposed to generate intense chromatic effects.
An illustration of Foscarini’s experimental approach, Uptown has been interpreted in a totally off-scale version, inserted at some of the most recognizable locations in the city: Greenpoint, Wall Street, Broadway, Midtown….

The photographs reveal the particular identity of Uptown, based on transparency, a red thread that has guided every choice in the design development, like the 45° ground edges that make the meeting of the glass plates imperceptible. That which goes unseen, and seems to be quite absent, has been hidden intentionally: what remains is an impression of simplicity, for an immediate interpretation of an object of great complexity. Striking even when not in use, Uptown becomes an absolute protagonist of spaces when it is turned on. The LED light source with dimmer is concealed in the base: when the lamp is on, the plates are filled with colour, and the light is projected upward. Uptown is a lamp of vivid personality, a case of extraordinary charisma that defines its surroundings with its forceful presence.

  • Event
  • Exhibition
  • Laviani
  • Photography
  • Spazio Soho

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