Fontana Arte • ALICANTO
Painted metal base and stem. Hand-blown etched glass diffuser. Dimmable. Designed by Francesco Librizzi in 2021 for Fontana Art. Integrated LED LED 17W modules. Classe energética A++.
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W.258 x H.230cm
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An elegant and sophisticated fitting, Alicanto is a contemporary lamp, solid and light.
An innovative design that is capable of adapting to cutting edge furnishings without departing from the FontanaArte philosophy, in balance between art and industry, suspended between clarity and durability.
According to the Chilean mythology, the alicanto is a nocturnal bird which has the peculiarity of feeding exclusively on gold and silver. Its feeding makes it unable to fly but makes its wings glow with golden reflections. The miners, seeing its light in the dark, would follow it and thus find gold and silver.
It was therefore the image of this bird capable of lighting up the night, about to take flight but firmly set on the ground, that suggested the inspiration when it came to finding a name for a new lamp characterized by a slight forward imbalance: its arched shape is all projected to carry the light, almost as if to «extend» it, as far as possible.
Francesco Librizzi is an architect, born in 1977. In 2005 he founded Francesco Librizzi Studio in Milan, a design studio that develops architectural projects, interiors, design and temporary installations. Through simple structures traced in the void, his works let emerge the essential traits of space, highlighting the relationships between places, people and objects.
His non-decorative three-dimensional way of designing and looking at interior architecture has met with significant public and critical acclaim obtaining great visibility in international media and prestigious awards such as the Prix Émile Hermès (2008) and the Honorable Mention Compasso d'Oro (2014).
In 2016, the meeting with FontanaArte created the opportunity to bring into product design all the research matured by the Studio. Today, the relationship with FontanaArte continues in the role of Art Director, looking towards broader scenarios of a dialogue between public and industrial designers.
Founded in 1932 by the architect Gio Ponti and Luigi Fontana, whose desire was to create an artistic division within his leading glass manufacturing company. With the artistic inspiration of Pietro Chiesa and other exceptional directors such as Max Ingrand and Gae Aulenti, FontanaArte soon became an iconic brand.
The culmination of FontanaArte’s success is recognized by ADI - Italian Industrial Design Association - Compasso d’Oro's award. The creative atmosphere is captured in every aspect of the company's daily life: from collaboration with the biggest names in international architecture, to focusing on the project, from the long artisan tradition, to technological innovation.