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saint-louis enchants crystals, light and sound at milan design week 2023

saint-louis celebrates collection through light and sound at milan design week 2023

 

Saint-Louis, Europe’s first glass maker, immerses visitors at Milan Design Week 2023 in an exhibition that fuses crystal-refracted light with sound, called Lumières. In the cloister of Santa Maria del Carmine church, in the Brera district, the experience shines a light on the relationship between crystal glass and sound. The manufacturer illuminates 15 lighting collections, each piece a dedication to high craftsmanship and design collaboration.

saint-louis enchants crystals, light and sound at milan design week 2023
in projections, portable lamps hang from threads to float like a myriad of fireflies

all images courtesy of Saint-Louis

 

 

a rich history of successful crystal products

 

With its history stretching back to France in 1586, Saint-Louis – a member of Hermès International – has been blowing and cutting chandeliers since 19th century. The manufacturer has earned a reputation as artistic experts in the craft of light collections, producing made-to-measure crystal lighting, tableware, decoration and furniture for contemporary interiors. Its artisanal crafters call upon a mastery of glass cutting and coloring as they realize the imagination of collaborative designers, such as Nonotak Studio.

saint-louis enchants crystals, light and sound at milan design week 2023
in projections, hanging crystal lamps cast beautiful lighting patterns on the floor beneath

 

 

Light and sound experts collaborate to form immersive experience

 

Noemi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto, the creative duo behind light and sound studio Nonotak, designed the Lumières exhibition in collaboration with Saint-Louis for Paris in September 2022, before presenting it again for the Milan Design Week 2023. Pieces from the manufacturer’s new collections form a radical environment that immerses visitors in a disruptive scene. The configuration breaks away from Saint-Louis’ traditional image of vertical and ornamental lighting, as pendants drop near to ground level and floor-to-ceiling wall lamps take center stage instead. A choreographed sound scape entices guests to explore further into the illuminated church.

saint-louis enchants crystals, light and sound at milan design week 2023
in projections, the lamps are each hung at a different height to give a unique lighting effect

 

 

five separate light-kinetic art installations

 

The designers at Saint-Louis demonstrate five distinct light experiences in the Lumières installation, named Pulsations, Rotations, Vibrations, Projections and Diffractions. Each design evokes a unique atmosphere, ranging in scale and style from table lamps with a pulsating bulb to a mural of arborescent modules that guide visitors through the exhibit like a forest pathway. The display concludes with a show-stopping 48-piece royal chandelier.

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in projections, glass lamps emulate a hovering pack of fireflies

 

 

The exhibition is open to the general public from April 18-23 in Santa Maria del Carmine church, Brera. After Milan Design Week 2023, Lumières travels around the world to Asia and the Middle East.

 

Book tickets to the exhibition on Saint-Louis’ website, here!

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vibrations is a path of arborescent modules that lead the visitor to discover an imaginary forest

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vibrations guides visitors through the exhibit like a forest pathway

saint-louis enchants crystals, light and sound at milan design week 2023
diffractions is a classic 48-light royal chandelier is hijacked to conclude this radical exhibition with a bang

 

 

project info:

 

installation: Lumières

brand: Saint-Louis | @saintlouiscrystal and Nonotak Studio | @nonotakstudio

address: Santa Maria del Carmine Church, Brera district, Milan

date and time: April 18 – 23, 2023, 10:00 – 00:00

design team: Nonotak Studio | @nonotakstudio: Noemi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto

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