Inspired Lighting by Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Claudio Silvestrin was born in 1954, he studied under A. G. Fronzoni in Milan and at the Architectural Association in London. From 1986 to 1988, Silvestrin worked in partnership with John Pawson at their London studio Pawson Silvestrin Architects. In 1989 he established Claudio Silvestrin Architects in London, expanding in 2006, with an office in Milan.

Claudio Silvestrin is considered by many to be one of the masters of contemporary minimalism, and is revered by international architects and designers, such as Giorgio Armani and Terence Conran. His portfolio of clients include; Giorgio Armani, Illycaffe, Anish Kapoor, Calvin Klein, Victoria Miro, Kanye West, Cappellini, Poltrona Frau and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo for whom he designed the museum in Turin.

His work deals with day to day objects, domestic and commercial interiors, art galleries and houses. He is best known for the serene spaces, essential forms and the simple clean lines of his architecture and interior design.

‘He is renowned worldwide for integrity, clarity of mind, inventiveness and concern for details, reflected in his architecture: austere but not extreme, contemporary yet timeless, calming but not ascetic, strong but not intimidating, elegant but not ostentatious, simple but not soulless.’ – Quote from 1+1=1 Website:

In 2002, Claudio Silvestrin co-founded 1+1=1 with partner Giuliana Salmaso. Giuliana Salmaso graduated from IUAV and trained at Claudio Silvestrin architects in London. Working closely with Claudio, Giuliana has developed her design philosophy through challenging convention. Her ambition is to contribute towards designing a better world. She is also visiting professor at the Politecnico University in Milan.

‘Through stable, quiet and serene architecture (rather than through loud and ostentatious forms) the soul gives up fighting against its earthly fate and finds peace’. – Quote by architect Claudio Silvestrin from the book ‘The non-materiality of the material – Claudio Silvestrin‘, Written by Franco Bertoni, Published by Birkhäuser Basel; 1 edition (November 1, 1999), ISBN-13: 978-3764361051.

Although Claudio Silvestrin Architects and 1+1=1 Claudio Silvestrin Giuliana Salmaso architects and planners have both produced stunning portfolio’s that include architecture, interior design, spatial planning, bespoke furniture design and lighting schemes, for this particular post, I am concentrating on the beauty and simplicity that Silvestrin achieves through his use of natural and artificial light. As you can see from the images below, the lighting breathes life and soul into the spaces and interiors he creates – the lighting schemes are integral to the functionality of both the buildings and their interiors. The lighting has evolved throughout the design process from it’s first conception and as such enhances, showcases, creates drama and forms narratives with the architectural spaces within which they operate; something of a symbiotic relationship.

I love the simple, elegant forms cast by the lights along corridors, the delicate glow that seeps from the voids where a wall invisible meets the ceiling, or the gentle glow that eminates from beneath a beautifully crafted piece of furniture or counter top. Below are just a few images that I thought I would share. For more stunning examples of lighting and projects, please click on the links within this post.

P Penthouse Montecarlo 2006. Artificial lighting project by Claudio Silvestrin Architects.

Miro House London 1988. Artificial lighting project by Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Giorgio Armani Milan 2000. Artificial lighting project by Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Barker Mill Apartment London 1992. Artificial lighting project by Claudio Silvestrin Architects

White Cube Gallery London 1993. Natural lighting project by Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Open Cloister Hombroich (subject to planning permission). Natural lighting project by Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Canal Building Loft London 2001. Natural lighting project by Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Research Links:

Interview with Claudio Silvestrin for Blueprint Magazine –

Video Links and Images for Claudio Silvestrin –


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