deepdesign at triennale
deepdesign at triennale
jan 12, 2010

deepdesign at triennale

currently on display at the triennale design museum milan as part of the creative series set is the work of italian studio deepdesign, founded in 1995 by matteo bazzicalupo and raffaella mangiarotti. among their clients – barilla, daimler chrysler, whirlpool europe, coca cola and NEC.

blue bell lamp, 2009 image © designboom

the idea of this light grew out of a natural observation. it is like a spray of bluebells. the bellflowers can be rotated and orientated all one way or in different directions. raising or lowering the sleeve changes the curve of the three stalks and hence the angle of the lights, changing their height and orientation. this makes it simple to pass from light diffused upwards to a focused reading or work light. the base is high and contains the switch. the stems, covered with nautical stocking, are flexible. inside is a steel rod and an electric cable. the lampshade is in heat-molded opalescent sandblasted polyethylene.

deepdesign at triennale image © designboom

deepdesign at triennale dandelion, 2003 image © designboom

the light resembles a dandelion. the light source in the first version deepdesign produced was even lighter because they conceived it in terms of optical fibers which would exactly reproduce the form and buoyancy of a dandelion. however when they first tried to bend them after making a small mold, a lot of the fibers broke and this was unacceptable. so for the final design they decided to replace the tuft of optical fibers with a polycarbonate tube.

deepdesign at triennale image © designboom

deepdesign at triennale flat piano prototype, 2006 first exhibited at the soundesign event, 2006 salone del mobile image © designboom

how to maintain the entrancing qualities of the grand piano, made important by the coherence between its sound and its physical impressiveness, in the smaller spaces of homes today? the piano is integrated and combined with the furnishings of the home: an electronic keyboard runs under a large glossy white top with an electronic device that acts as its sound board. when not being played it becomes a work or dining table.

the top is in etched glass backpainted white, forming a smooth surface, deep and rather cold. the system is based on a built-in master keyboard amplified to a panel which exploits the properties of the feonic system to transform the table top into an acoustic panel/soundboard. the electric keyboard is connected to a miniaturized (feonic) amplifier which creates three-dimensional sound and distributes it uniformly across the whole table top.

deepdesign at triennale image © designboom

deepdesign at triennale image © designboom

deepdesign at triennale flexica – electric broom, 2005 for imetec image © designboom

the new broom has a motor housing/bag that slides along the tube/structure. lifting it manually frees a hinged section like an arm that folds level with the user’s elbow, enabling the brush to clean the floor under very low furniture to a depth of about 80 cm, or the complete surface area under a double bed working from both sides. the appliance is further equipped with a rubber wheel that allows it rest lightly on the floor and move fluidly without spoiling surfaces.

deepdesign at triennale flexica – electric broom, 2005 for imetec

deepdesign at triennale matteo bazzicalupo and raffaella mangiarotti of deepdesign portrait © designboom

deepdesign at triennale design museum, milan on now until january 17, 2010

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