Anoor: function and decoration in the essence of architecture — Design: Gabriele e Oscar Buratti


A sculptural but essential lamp formulated by and for architects. A proposal to personalise and characterise spaces, with an accent on clean lines and minimalism.

For the first time, Gabriele e Oscar Buratti have created a project for Foscarini: ANOOR, a sculptural but essential lamp to respond to the many creative professionals and interior designers who are looking for solutions that are functional and decorative at the same time.

Often positioned in auxiliary spaces, appliques and ceiling models are lamps with a dual identity: technical and clearly functional, but also decorative. “We were interested in working on this typology and playing with the two aspects of light – technical performance and décor – to achieve a compromise solution with great emotional impact, without indulging in decoration as an end in itself”, Gabriele Buratti explains.

A lamp that uses the wall as a reflector: ANOOR is a large concave disk, separated from the wall and ceiling, to form a luminous halo thanks to reflection on the nearby surface. ANOOR floods the wall with light, emitted all around it, while keeping the frontal lens in shadow. An eclipse effect of extraordinary aesthetic and emotional impact.

The light source is contained in a moulded opaline diffuser that opens out from the wall like a trumpet. From here, the light emerges and spreads on all sides. Also in this spot, a concave disk with a lenticular form is placed, in polished aluminium. With transparent pigmented coatings, it allows no light to pass, taking on the appearance of a coloured mirror.
The model is available in different finishes – champagne, red, white, black – and in a version with cementite cladding that can be painted as desired, conceived as a tool for interior architects. The ample proportions – 36 and 48 cm in diameter – and the particular finishes of the disk make ANOOR a sculptural presence: reflecting, colourful, full of refined simplicity.

“ANOOR comes from a minimal gesture”, concludes Gabriele Buratti: “the lamp is a simple lens, a curvature on a circle, yet it opens up an unexpected universe of reflections and highlights. In this sense, I like to think of it as a sculpture, more than a lamp: a terse, essential object that embodies multiple meanings on its own: technical, decorative, metaphorical, inspirational”.