Mayfair lamp at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House
       
     
Mayfair lamp at Colnaghi Gallery London
       
     
Mayfair lamp at Colnaghi Gallery London
       
     
Mayfair lamp at Colnaghi Gallery London
       
     
Jazz lamp collection
       
     
Luminarium  |  van der Neige limited edition
       
     
Amore  |  occasional table  |  van der Neige limited edition
       
     
Metamorph  |  Limited edition dining table
       
     
Metamorph  |  Limited edition dining table
       
     
Luminarium  |  van der Neige limited edition
       
     
Stone–Wool Collection
       
     
Stone–Wool Collection
       
     
Stone–Wool Collection
       
     
SOL Urban Chair
       
     
SIT Urban Furniture
       
     
SIT Urban Furniture
       
     
SIT Urban Furniture
       
     
SIT plastic
       
     
Mayfair lamp at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House
       
     
Mayfair lamp at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House

Mayfair lamp collection

Diego Fortunato’s latest lamp is a quiet, adaptable design – but hides a revolutionary past.

Text by James MacLachlan, Editor ICON Magazine. September 2016

When not beheading aristocrats, a favourite pastime of the French during the revolution was a card game, La Bouillotte. A variation of Brag, the game proved so popular that eventually a special table and lamp were developed to play it. The ornate Bouillotte lamp was a sophisticated piece of design comprising one or more candlesticks with a flameproof adjustable metal shade painted reflective white on the inside. As the candles burned, the shade could be lowered. Occasionally, a Bouillotte lamp pops up at antiques auctions, but it is a typology as dead as King Louis.
An unusual inspiration then for Mayfair lamp, Diego Fortunato’s latest product for Spanish lighting brand Vibia, especially when you consider that the London-based designer’s most successful product for Vibia is Jazz – an ultra-modern, tulip-shaped floor lamp.
For the latest collaboration, Fortunato has developed a lamp that attempts to summon something of the Bouillotte civilising spirit. ‘I wanted to design a product with a historical reference because people, in these times of uncertainty, love to have some reference to the past. We have all seen these lamps in old houses and films.
I don’t believe in arbitrary design. There has to be a concept.’
Fortunato’s take on the Bouillotte is an exercise in quiet, adaptable design, coming in table, floor and single and pendant variants. The pendant also comes in single or multiple diffusers.
Most of the finishes – matt white, graphite and gold – are chosen to help the lamp blend into its environment. Only the polished copper acknowledges contemporary trends. Fortunato says that the strength of the Mayfair is its universality, with the different finishes giving it a chameleon-like quality: ‘It could go anywhere: your house, office, hotel.’
The designer adds that the lamp was very much the result of a collaborative process with Vibia chief executive Pere Llonch, who has ‘very clear ideas about what he wants. For me it is like family because I have known them so long. It is very personal, the relationship. It is not like I am talking with the marketing team. I am working with the owner.’ Fortunato is currently working on new premises for the 255-year-old Colnaghi gallery, which is relocating from Old Bond Street to a bigger space in nearby Bury Street. ‘I have designed the new gallery in a similar spirit to Mayfair. The idea is to bring an old company into the present and I am going to put Mayfair lamps on every desk. It will look amazing.’

Manufactured by VIBIA

Mayfair lamp at Colnaghi Gallery London
       
     
Mayfair lamp at Colnaghi Gallery London
Mayfair lamp at Colnaghi Gallery London
       
     
Mayfair lamp at Colnaghi Gallery London
Mayfair lamp at Colnaghi Gallery London
       
     
Mayfair lamp at Colnaghi Gallery London
Jazz lamp collection
       
     
Jazz lamp collection

Manufactured by VIBIA

Luminarium  |  van der Neige limited edition
       
     
Luminarium | van der Neige limited edition

To celebrate his 25 years at the Michelin House, Sir Terence Conran personally chose from Diego’s portfolio these three limited edition pieces. They were then exhibited at Conran’s window display during the 2012 London Design week.

Sound wave patterns derived from spoken words or sounds are recorded, and then subsequently translated into forms. They are like coded motivations or contemplations through which the final forms take on a separate life from their coded inception; but still contain their original mystery, their journey through multiple layered languages. | Made by CNC. (Computer Numeric Controlled machining).

Amore  |  occasional table  |  van der Neige limited edition
       
     
Amore | occasional table | van der Neige limited edition

Sound wave patterns derived from spoken words or sounds are recorded, and then subsequently translated into forms. They are like coded motivations or contemplations through which the final forms take on a separate life from their coded inception; but still contain their original mystery, their journey through multiple layered languages. | Made by CNC. (Computer Numeric Controlled machining).

Metamorph  |  Limited edition dining table
       
     
Metamorph | Limited edition dining table

The transition from a circle to a square gives this dining table its form. | Made by CNC. (Computer Numeric Controlled machining).

 

Metamorph  |  Limited edition dining table
       
     
Metamorph | Limited edition dining table

The transition from a circle to a square gives this dining table its form. | Made by CNC. (Computer Numeric Controlled machining).

Luminarium  |  van der Neige limited edition
       
     
Luminarium | van der Neige limited edition

Sound wave patterns derived from spoken words or sounds are recorded, and then subsequently translated into forms. They are like coded motivations or contemplations through which the final forms take on a separate life from their coded inception; but still contain their original mystery, their journey through multiple layered languages. | Made by CNC. (Computer Numeric Controlled machining).

Stone–Wool Collection
       
     
Stone–Wool Collection

This collection is in fact a “non-design”, since it was never drawn by human hands but instead created by nature. Diego carefully chose these stones, scanned and enhanced them until they reached the desired size. These natural shapes were used exactly “as nature intended” to give birth to a mass–produced rug collection.

Diego photocopied the stones and enhanced them till they reached the desired size.

Stone–Wool Collection
       
     
Stone–Wool Collection

This collection is in fact a “non-design”, since it was never drawn by human hands but instead created by nature. Diego carefully chose these stones, scanned and enhanced them until they reached the desired size. These natural shapes were used exactly “as nature intended” to give birth to a mass–produced rug collection.

Diego photocopied the stones and enhanced them till they reached the desired size

Manufactured by Nani Marquina

Stone–Wool Collection
       
     
Stone–Wool Collection

This collection is in fact a “non-design”, since it was never drawn by human hands but instead created by nature. Diego carefully chose these stones, scanned and enhanced them until they reached the desired size. These natural shapes were used exactly “as nature intended” to give birth to a mass–produced rug collection.

Diego photocopied the stones and enhanced them till they reached the desired size

Manufactured by Nani Marquina

SOL Urban Chair
       
     
SOL Urban Chair

Sol is an urban seat in polymer cast stone. Its shape is an evocation of a flower petal that can track the sun´s movement. This individual seat can swivel at will, giving the user 360 degrees of liberty.

Manufactured by Escofet 1886 S.A.

SIT Urban Furniture
       
     
SIT Urban Furniture

Sit is based on the idea of street furniture with a soft texture and rounded forms; comfortable but unidentifiable with any historic period. Its sculptural design, resembling a rock with a rotund geometry, helps Sit to integrate naturally into any setting. The main feature focuses on its ergonomic design, making this product a comfortable urban seat.

Manufactured by Escofet 1886 S.A.

 

SIT Urban Furniture
       
     
SIT Urban Furniture

Sit is based on the idea of street furniture with a soft texture and rounded forms; comfortable but unidentifiable with any historic period. Its sculptural design, resembling a rock with a rotund geometry, helps Sit to integrate naturally into any setting. The main feature focuses on its ergonomic design, making this product a comfortable urban seat.

Manufactured by Escofet 1886 S.A.

 

SIT Urban Furniture
       
     
SIT Urban Furniture

Sit is based on the idea of street furniture with a soft texture and rounded forms; comfortable but unidentifiable with any historic period. Its sculptural design, resembling a rock with a rotund geometry, helps Sit to integrate naturally into any setting. The main feature focuses on its ergonomic design, making this product a comfortable urban seat.

Manufactured by Escofet 1886 S.A.

 

SIT plastic
       
     
SIT plastic

Manufactured by Escofet 1886 S.A.