The Xi lights take their name from a Chinese word definition “light of dawn” – a specific time in a morning when a object is usually about to rise.
According to partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, when a Xi lamps are illuminated, their soft, full light evokes a early morning sunlight.
“If we demeanour a word Xi adult in a compendium it’s unequivocally specific, it’s 5:30 to 6:30 in a morning. It’s that time duration when a sky has a special light,” Hu told Dezeen.
“Our seductiveness in this light of emergence was not for practical reasons, as it’s not a brightest, so we don’t see much. Yet there’s something about it, something that’s not so tangible,” Neri added. “It’s usually like a nightfall – it arrange of outlines a commencement and an end, while also being cyclical.”
Consisting of dual unresolved lamps and a list lamp, a Xi collection combines normal eastern pattern with Poltrona Frau‘s signature Italian leather and Venetian blown glass.
“We suspicion about a alloy of light and leather since when we consider of Poltrona Frau, we consider of a glorious leather,” said Hu.
“We wanted to consider deeply about what a code represents, and how we can indeed offer something suggestive to them by a design,” she continued.
Each square incorporates dual opposite forms of blown potion – a top potion partial has an uniformly ridged aspect and is transparent, though phony with shades of amber, emerald, turquoise or moonstone.
The reduce partial of a potion is etched with a pearl finish for a translucent, frosted effect, to grasp a “warm and diffused” light. The light is also tractable around a dimmer system.
Strips of saddle-leather are wrapped around a physique of a light. In a unresolved version, a leather rope acts as a support, enabling a light to hang “like a trapezoid or a ethereal lantern” from a dangling plane bar.
On a list version, a leather rope acts as both a support and a handle, anchoring it to a steel bottom with a healthy coronet finish.
The unresolved lamps are placed on a dangling plane bar, that can be practiced in height. The lights can be changed opposite a bar to opposite positions.
“One could ask, is it unequivocally a leather that binds all this alliance of materials together, or is it a light that binds it together?” said Neri. “Without a light, it looks rather formidable and chaotic, and we are scandalous as a use for fondness elementary things.”
“But when a light comes on, in many ways it dissipates this complexity, and it controls all – a light becomes that one source that ties all together,” he added.