Giopato & Coombes

As an architect and designer Giopato & Coombes have learned one thing fast: don’t be afraid of the potential of a blank sheet of paper, which is the darkness when designing light. Out of the blue in 2014 they found themselves not only designing but also developing and producing our own ideas, with a two-week deadline following a six-month journey through the backstreets of Murano, for an exhibition in Milan. It was an unbelievable time which saw them open a huge can of worms! With so many expertise to deal with, it was like two jugglers shifting in the air, directed by passion.

This passion drives Giopato & Coombes to ardently create, to tirelessly, persistently investigate into the correct mix of ingredients. The path towards reality is not linear, it is more like a quest, like dungeons and dragons, researching into dangerous potions of materials, machinery and technology each directed by a master Venetian artisan.

“We are finally independent, exploring new territories, creating connections that promote human dialogue and expertise, one light at a time. We design in layers, merging the excellence of Venetian artisanal manufacturing with the most advanced light engines.”

Glass, brass, and marble amongst others are the first concrete representations of their heritage. A closer look shows the complete obsession of details, which makes the object appear to float in the space, and in time. This is possible through hidden inserts of advanced materials and techniques, such as kevlar, aeronautical grade stainless steel and 3d printing.

Light adds a heavenly layer onto the work by emitting positive energy onto both the sculpture and its surroundings. The light source is hidden, protected from view, the delicate heart and soul of the object is somewhat celestial.

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