The lighting collection Fusa designed by Luca Nichetto was first presented on the exhibition Heritage, which opens on February 5 in Stockholm.
The Fusa is exclusively designed for Svenskt Tenn, consists of handmade lamps (in three different sizes) and a glass lantern, produced in Murano. Svenskt Tenn is a world-famous interior design company whose successful concept change the course of Swedish design.
Since 1975, Svenskt Tenn has been owned by the Kjell and Märta Beijer Foundation, which gives large grants to research and also helps to promote Swedish interior furnishings and design.
The name Heritage refers in part to an exhibition with objects from Murano glass, presented back in the late 1930s by Svenskt Tenn’s founder, Estrid Ericson.
Svenskt Tenn through current collaboration with Luca Nichetto continues the spirit of Estrid Ericson.
Now, eighty years later, Heritage exhibition draws again a bridge between Murano and the city of Stockholm. The heritage is intertwined in many levels: traditions of Murano craftsmanship and glassblowing craft; Svenskt Tenn’s design history with international recognition of their new, modern design; Luca Nichetto’s inspiration, his artistic heritage with colours from Murano environment, his familiarity with the design and production of glassworks.
All these aspects, together with the richness of different traditions, contribute that the collection Fusa celebrate and continue heritages in a new way.
It was Josef Frank’s Terrazzo textile that provided the inspiration for Nichetto’s colorful lighting collection. It is one of 160 textile designs that Josef Frank left to Svenskt Tenn for more than thirty years of his cooperation with this company. Terrazzo was designed in 1944 and Frank was inspired by Italian flooring.
The bright colors, mixing textures, and exuberant patterns which recalls the mosaics in the old Venetian buildings were stimulating for Nichetto.
“When I saw the print, my first thought was that the stones in the motif look exactly like mosaics and Murano glass. I highlighted the different formations, merged them and gave them new life in the form of lighting,” says Nichetto.
So, the collection represents Designer’s personal interpretation of the iconic Josef Frank’s Terrazzo textile print, translated into glass.
It is why on the Heritage exhibition, the patterns of Frank’s Terrazzo and Mosaik have an important place. They are on the walls like tapestries or prolonging on the floor through a formation of colored dots.
The tackle glass as a material and Murano Handcrafted
Fusa takes its name from the Italian word for “fused”, evoking the special technique used to produce the distinct colors and textures of the glass. Luca Nichetto is a designer raised in Murano, with experience to transform design ideas through the production of glass into the final product.
To attain all of the colors he needed to make the lightning collection Fusa Nichetto made use of colored glass fragments left over from different glass manufacturers on Murano, which have been reworked and reused.
All of the items in the collection are handmade at the NasonMoretti glassworks founded in Murano in 1923.
The soul of Fusa collection
The lamps are with sculptural shapes, consist of few parts with different finishes, balanced to form harmonious combinations. The glass body rests on a thin, elegant, cylindrical brass stand and brass parts appear also as a small detail with functional and aesthetic role. The bases are in attractive colors and each of them is like unique artwork with special effects of colors. Attractive, refined colors bring a cheerful atmosphere to space.
The shades also consist of few parts, enlivened by the internal LED light that generates a play of refractions, opacity and transparencies. The lamps emit a soft light that can match any décor.
With Fusa collection, Luca Nichetto confirms that he understands the strengths and limitations of different technologies, evoking the special technique used to produce the distinct colors and textures of the glass. He expressed power of color applied on the glass which enriches a product and adds emotion to the lamps.
A number of uniquely designed podiums hosts a variety of lamps from Fusa, a collection that pays a tribute to Svenskt Tenn’s design history.
Within an environment inspired by the prominent work of Josef Frank, Luca Nichetto’s personal upbringing in Murano and mastery in glass design and production shapes an exhibition that highlights the quality of materials and the richness of different traditions of craftsmanship.
Nichetto’s works have been exhibited worldwide and awarded for the innovative approach across the design discipline (furniture, accessories, architecture and exhibition design).
The exhibition Heritage runs from February the 5th to March the 31st 2019, in the Svenskt Tenn Store on Strandvägen 5 in Stockholm- on the prestigious boulevard Strandvägen 5 where it was opened, in 1928.
*Photos are courtesy of the Luca Nichetto studio and Svenskt Tenn