LZF lights up the party for valencia – 2022 world design capital

LZF lights up the party for valencia – 2022 world design capital

CELEBRATING VALENCIA WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL 2022

 

 

the lamps company LZF recently hosted a sparkling dinner party in their factory garden to celebrate the approaching events of valencia design capital 2022. this title is awarded every two years by the world design organization, a nonprofit entity that aims to encourage the use of design to further the economic, social, cultural, and environmental development of the world’s cities. in choosing valencia, they highlighted the city’s effective application of mediterranean design, particularly related to promoting change and improving quality of life.

 

designboom traveled to valencia and had the chance to talk with marivì calvo and sandro tothill, founders and CEOs of LZF, about the early times of valencian design, the spontaneous beginning of LZF and the role of collaboration in the creative process.

LZF lights up the party for valencia – 2022 world design capital
all images courtesy of LZF, shot by maria mira, unless stated otherwise

 

ABOUT LZF

 

LZF, originally called luzifer, was founded by marivì calvo and sandro tothill in 1994. lzf’s products are proudly handmade in valencia. to design and manufacture its collection of lamps, lzf has collaborated with the region’s hugely talented artisans and the power of collaboration and the ability to form lasting alliances has generated a sense of energy and vitality that passes to their products.

 

designboom (DB): can you tell us a little about the beginning of LZF?

 

sandro tothill(ST): it is really hard for me to do a short round-up because it’s 27 years of our life, basically we are a couple, and when we’ve met we were thinking of what we could do with ourselves. she was a painter and I was a musician. we were just fiddling around at home with some materials she had in the studio, which was wood veneer and stuff like that, and we had them on the light table on a summer evening. we switched the light on and some of them became translucent. we said ’oh my god this is the perfect light diffuser!’. so we started to elaborate on ways of making diffusers for lamps. and that’s how we created our first collections.

LZF lights up the party for valencia – 2022 world design capital
LZF iconic suspension lamp koi

 

DB: when it was only the two of you, how did you organize the work?

 

ST: when we started, just the two of us in our garage, she was designing, and I was making. I think in english, there’s a difference in the verb make and do. and I think in that case, she made and I did. and that’s how it came about, we’re still very happy to be doing this.

LZF lights up the party for valencia – 2022 world design capital
LZF’s agatha lamp

 

DB: what role do collaborations play in LZF?

 

ST: I think the most enjoyable thing about LZF is the possibility of working with lots of different people, writers, musicians, illustrators, painters, artisans, ceramists. that is because we’re naturally very curious people and it’s hard for us to concentrate just on one kind of thing. by doing that we constantly got a fresh ingredient in the mix. in this way you can create products that always ensemble a certain originality.

 

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the big bird LZF lamp | image © designboom

 

DB: what do you recall from the valencian artistic scene when you first moved here?

 

ST: there was an enormous club culture when I arrived in valencia. in fact, every single person practically had a logo of a nightclub on their bumper car or a t-shirt. what I saw was graphic designers getting involved in the design of product, and vice versa, all these people worked on both sides. I think this is one of the most interesting facts and points of valencian design, this connection with art and culture. the world of comics and graphic novel here was incredibly very well developed, I think of daniel torres, micharmut, mique beltrán. there were photographers – relanzón, enrique carrazoni, gorka dúo – working with lasers, when lasers didn’t exist, there was fashion jewellery, like vicente gracia, and painters – morea, joan verdú, hangelito – and as I said, graphic designers, paco bascuñán, nacho lavernia, pepe gimeno. there were complex groups, and webs of people that interacted with one another and somehow got along, and in that way, they managed to really develop.

LZF lights up the party for valencia – 2022 world design capital
LZF’s new lamp maruja was the center of the dinner party

LZF lights up the party for valencia – 2022 world design capital
the horns in LZF’s logo recall its previous diabolic name – luzifer

LZF lights up the party for valencia – 2022 world design capital
marivì calvo and sandro tothill, founders of LZF | image © designboom

 

 

project info:

 

event: valencia world design capital 2022
company: LZF

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