Behind the Design:
Doodle and Shar Pei from Terzani
Two new additions to Terzani’s collection of luxury lighting designs blend high-end beauty with a dose of playfulness.
Written by Sarah Schaale
For more than 40 years, Terzani has blurred the lines between art, luxury and design. The Italian brand is known for luxury, and isn’t afraid to inject a bit of playfulness not always found in high-end design. The key to bridging both, says CEO Nicolas Terzani, is elegance. Meet two brand-new designs that do just that.
The Doodle Pendant
Designer Simone Micheli says the Doodle’s tangled shape is inspired by the free movements of graphic signs and represents the complexity of our contemporary age. “The design’s continuously changing geometries are the transpositions of our metropolitan lives,” Simone said.
And indeed, the design itself can change on a whim. The light source—a small, LED bulb on a metal clip—can be adjusted and moved anywhere on the fixture, altering the direction and intensity of the light any way you please. “That was a playful idea I came up with when we were spending hours figuring out where the best location for it would be. In the end, we leave that decision to our customers!” says CEO Nicolas Terzani.
“I believe that the success of our products is a result of an intense teamwork between myself, our design team and the designer,” says Terzani CEO Nicolas Terzani. “I personally love crystal, but don’t like the usual traditional use of it—as in classic crystal chandeliers—so I had a personal influence on the designs where we use this material. I wanted to start to use crystal in a more elegant, organic, design way.”
The soft, spontaneous wrinkles of Terzani’s Shar Pei Pendant—and of course, the name itself—easily evokes images of the beloved dog breed, but the inspiration for the design didn’t come from a four-legged friend. “The real inspiration came from the soft wrinkles that fabric naturally takes,” said designers Luca Martorano and Mattia Albicini. “The nickname ‘shar pei’ was constantly used while we worked on the design, and in the end, it became the name.”
The careful design of the Shar Pei Pendant—from the high refractive index to the soft waves—break the light and spread it onto surrounding surfaces, similar to light and shadow effects of water reflected on the sea bottom.
“We tried to make something original and spectacular at the same time,” Martorano and Albicini said.