The Foscarini Story
Founded on the Murano island in Venice, Italy in 1981, Foscarini started out creating blown glass-based lighting. They eventually expanded into other materials (the first being the Havana in 1993), and moved in 1994 to the Marcon area of Venice, into a building that reflected the modern aesthetic of their contemporary lighting. Success led to brand stability and swiftly growing name recognition.
This and a reputation for design flexibility led to a collaboration in 2009 with fellow design rebel Diesel Home.
Why We Love Foscarini Lighting
There aren't many European lighting designers that are as fiercely independent, creative and joyful in their work as Foscarini. The kernels of freedom that characterize the company were planted way back in the Murano days; a lack of a furnace meant they had to pick and choose who to use for a specific project. They never settled into a pattern. This mentality has blended together with a diverse pool of designers--with varied levels of experience and creativity--resulting in fixtures that have strong (often ironic) personalities and that express new ideas.
A Fun Fact About Foscarini
Foscarini is also active in the publishing industry. From 2002 to 2008, they published "Lux Magazine," highlighting their products, designers and design and lighting theory in general. Starting in 2010, Foscarini publishes "Inventario," a "bookzine" focusing on design, research and innovation in all creative disciplines.
Noteworthy Lighting from Foscarini
The Caboche collection, designed by Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto, has a stunning jewel-like presence courtesy of its many individual transparent PMMA spheres. The Lumiere was designed in 1990 by Rodolfo Dordoni, and was Foscarini's first breakout success. The Cage collection, inspired by underground miners' lights, is part of the recent collaboration with Diesel with Foscarini.