The Nemo Story
Nemo was founded in 1993 by Franco Cassina and Carlo Forcolini in Meda, Italy. The official lighting division of Cassina Furniture, the company was established to recreate the lighting pieces that best represented the "Golden Age" of Italian lighting design of the 1960s and '70s, namely those created by the Italian modernist Franco Albini.
Five years later, the company acquired ItalianaLuce, an Italian lighting line that features a range of modern fixtures that are functional, practical and versatile. The new assortment provided a complementary counterpoint to the classic clean lines of its iconic Nemo Franco Albini imprint. Nemo absorbed the company as well as the name, rebranding itself as Nemo ItalianaLuce.
In 2002, the company purchased Illuminating Experiences, an expansive U.S. lighting entity that allowed Nemo ItalianaLuce to considerably increase its presence in the states. Fast-forward to 2014, and the company arrives where it started, reverting to the esteemed simplicity of its original name – Nemo.
Why We Love Nemo
Working with more than 15 international designers, Nemo showcases an extensive range of forms and textures for being an understated modern lighting line. Made up largely of blown glass and sharing its sibling's heavy use of black, Nemo ItalianaLuce is a more relaxed option for the modern space while Nemo Franco Albini speaks to those looking for authentic vintage mid-century inspired Italian design.
Fun Facts About Nemo
The Constellation collection was inspired by a combination of portholes on ships and military watches. Illuminating Experiences distributes Nemo lighting in the U.S., as well as fixtures from Le Klint, De Majo and more.
Noteworthy Lighting from Nemo
Old-world candle chandeliers get a facelift, reinvented as the Crown Chandelier. Designed by Jehs and Laub, the Crown Major and Crown Minor feature opal glass shades and solid geometric lines that create a sense of power and strength, perfect for illuminating your own personal castle.