A Light Touch
Inspired by the way the ancient Greeks personalised their alphabet, Stockholm-based designer Luca Nichetto’s range of lamps – Alphabeta – can be mixed and matched into thousands of combinations.
Luca invites the customer to select their preferred top and bottom from eight beautifully-crafted spun-steel shapes, each available in a choice of powder-coated colours. The lamps are designed for bi-directional lighting, and the inner surface of the shades is painted white for optimal light diffusion.
The lamps make an eye-catching centrepiece, and point to a developing consumer demand for customisation. In a market full of the mass-produced and impersonal, Nichetto’s designs offer a welcome alternative.
Born in Venice in 1976, Luca opened an office in Sweden in 2011. The interaction of the two cultures has suited him:
“I met a Swedish girl and love brought me to Sweden. Workwise it has been great to be based in two markets. When people talk about design in Italy, there is a lot of emotion involved, while in Sweden there is more focus on functionality and engineering. For me this is the perfect match.”
Since his move to Sweden, Luca and Kinnarps have collaborated successfully on several projects, and are once again collaborating at the Stockholm Fair in 2016 following last year's successful design.
Lighting image: Luca Nichetto