Foscarini is a highly innovative Italian lighting company that was set up as Foscarini Spa in Murano Island, Venice in 1981. It is a company that has the product at it’s absolute core, describing themselves as “A technological and creative workshop that conceives, develops and produces not just lamps but pure emotions, in collaboration with many other designers from around the world. A company that is free, passionate, unconventional and right at the heart of the industry in which it thrives. This is Foscarini.” – Quote from Foscarini Profile PDF
Foscarini are well known for their collaborative approach to design, working with international designers, both established and emerging. Their catalogue includes over 50 models, more than 20 different materials and more than 30 designers combined to create a collection of individual lamps, each with it’s own narrative and aesthetically beautiful. Foscarini’s designer portfolio includes projects with:
Werner Aisslinger, Atelier Oï, Valerio Bottin, Changedesign, Aldo Cibic, Designwork, Tom Dixon, Rodolfo Dordoni, Patricia Urquiola + Eliana Gerotto, Odoardo Fioravanti, Jozeph Forakis, Enrico Franzolini, Giampietro Gai, Massimo Gardone, Giulio Iacchetti, Vicente Garcia Jimenez, Defne Koz, Lagranja Design, Ferruccio Laviani, Giovanni Levanti, Lievore Asociados, Jean Marie Massaud, Alessandra Matilde, Nendo, Luca Nichetto, Ludovica+Roberto Palomba, Lucidi & Pevere, Karim Rashid, Marc Sadler, Studio Baruffi & De Santi, Studio Kairos, Pio + Tito Toso, Ionna Vautrin, Urbinati Ricci + Vecchiato and Marco Zito.
Developing new products is at the heart of the company, however, only designs that express new ideas are chosen to put into production. While inspiration is always valued, Foscarini invests heavily in the development phase, sometimes taking years of progressive research to analyze materials, shapes, processes and operation that often evolves into a design that is drastically different from the initial concept. Foscarini believes that the combination of innovation and extensive development enables their designs to thrive beyond trends and become true classics.
Foscarini Product Timeline:
1990 Folio, Lumiere 1992 Orbital 1993 Bit, Havana, Quadro 1994 Circus 1995 Lightweight 1996 Dolmen, Double, Dress, Esa 1998 Cross, Qua, Shape, Totem 2000 Bubble, Cocò, Mite, Tite, Supernova, 2001 Affix, Lite, Manta, Tutù 2002 Blob 2003 Bague, Ellepi, Kite, O-space, Yet 2004 Gea, Giga-Lite, Mega-Kite 2005 Big Bang, Caboche, Uto 2006 Twiggy 2007 Allegro, Easy, Empire, Fields, Gregg, New Buds, See you, Tosca, Wagashi 2008 Tress, Tropico 2009 Flap, Fly-Fly, Allegretto, Le Soleil, Lumiere XXL, Wave 2010 Aplomb, Bahia, Tua, Troag, Binic, LumiereXXS
Foscarini contributes to disseminating and supporting design culture: from the inclusion of its designs at the Art and Architecture Biennale in Venice, the collection of New York’s MoMA, the Milan Triennial Exhibition and many other international museums.
On-going dialogue with interior designers and architects plays a vital part of Foscarini’s communication system. Foscarini has always emphasized the personalisation of space, Through the use of multiple models and intriguing interactive installations, Foscarini emphasises the ability to personalise spaces and create an emotive response. Through a series of international exhibitions, Foscarini offers different ways to read their collection. An example of this is Fiber Evolution, an eclectic, emotional, luminous display, put together with Marc Sadler, which during 2008 was seen in six major design capitals in Europe and the United States. Also, In 2009, a series of events featuring Tropico; a project developed in collaboration with Giulio Iacchetti; then in 2010, the installation-event Foscarini Evolution, Frankfurt emphasised the collection’s technical and materials’ interpretation.
In 2009 Foscarini established a licensing agreement with Diesel, that culminated in the development and distribution of their Lighting collection. The five-year licence paved the way for diversification through a collection, designed by Diesel, that enabled Foscarini to tap into a younger market.
1981 Foscarini Spa set up on Murano Island (Venice).
1983 First collection of lamps designed by Carlo Urbinati and Alessandro Vecchiato.
1985 First collection in collaboration with external designers: Wassily off-the-wall, by Adam Tihany and Joseph Mancini.
1988 Carlo Urbinati and Alessandro Vecchiato become the company owners and managers.
1990 Rodolfo Dordoni designs Lumiere, Foscarini’s first major success.
1992 orbital, Ferruccio Laviani’s debut lamp, is the first Foscarini lamp made of industrial glass.
1993 Havana, designed by Jozeph Forakis, is the first Foscarini lamp made of a material other than glass, namely polyethylene.
1994 Foscarini moves from Murano Island to Marcon, on Venetian terra firma.
1996 The company is among the first in the industry to receive UNI EN ISO 9001 quality system certification.
2000 The Mite and Tite, lamps developed in conjunction with Marc Sadler are launched. The same year, Foscarini launches its first corporate identity communication project.
2001 Foscarini and Marc Sadler, thanks to the Mite and Tite lamps, are awarded the Compasso d’Oro for “the bold technological innovation”.
2002 Lux magazine, Foscarini’s first publishing experience, starts off.
2003 The new Foscarini facility is inaugurated in Marcon (Venice).
2005 Caboche, designed by Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto, inaugurates a successful season for Foscarini, with models such as Twiggy; Marc Sadler, 2006, Gregg 2007; L+R Palomba, 2007, Tress; Marc Sadler, 2008, Le Soleil Vicente; Garcia Jimenez, 2009.
These products can truly express their innovative and design culture contents, owing also to the company’s accrued experience in all fields: from technology, to communication, to logistics.
2008 Foscarini becomes the official sponsor of the Venice Biennale Exhibition.
2009 Foscarini and Diesel sign a licensing deal, as part of the “Home Collection” furniture and lifestyle project. This partnership gives Foscarini the opportunity to liaise with a new target and explore new lifestyles and furnishing trends, through a collection conceived by Diesel for its own target: “Successful Living from Diesel with Foscarini”.
2010 Foscarini presents a new publishing adventure, mid way between a book and a magazine, called INVENTARIO– Everything is a project.