Euroluce: The City of Lights
Salone del Mobile, 2023
The City of Light’s central core is Aurore, a large plaza designed by Formafantasma that hosts talks, as well as immersive experiences. The studio also designed seven 'Costellazioni'. These architectural ‘intermezzos’ puncture the entire path and it is curated by Beppe Finessi. Formafantasma also designed the bookshop curated by Corraini Editori.
The installation consists of a chromatically coherent sitting area, made of velvet upholstered furniture and a carpeted flooring, overtopped by seven large-format LED screens. These screens are mounted above the sitting area as if floating in space and display a film featuring seemingly abstract video compositions that only at moments reveal more clearly the filmed subjects. The film is accompanied by a voice over written by a long-term collaborator, philosopher Emanuele Coccia and explores the cosmological and existential dimensions of light. This film was produced in collaboration with C41.
The Phoebus cartel founded by a selection of the most influential light bulb producers of the time, had the aim to control the worldwide incandescent lightbulb market by planning the obsolescence of products. By 1925 the cartel established a limit of 1,000 hours for a household bulb. This was a reduction from the 2,000 hours that had previously been common.
"What we hope is to offer a functional space for the lecture series and at the same time to provide a sufficiently complex vision of light so as to stimulate reflections on the possibilities and responsibilities that designing entails."
"Our aim when designing exhibition spaces is to provide simple and effective solutions that respect the content and the observer by adding as little as possible to what is eloquently expressed by the works themselves. Conceived as an oasis of wood, we hope the 'Costellazioni' can function as places for reflection."
"We all love books and find great publications at fairs. What we would like to do is respect this desire and let books breathe in a space suitable for this purpose."