Flos shines at the LIT Lighting Design Awards

Two extraordinary projects realized in collaboration with the Milanese architect Barbara Balestreri have been awarded at the 2018 edition of the prestigious international Awards.

The original installation conceived by Flos and Barbara Balestreri for the Elle Decor Italia Concept Store during Milan Design Week 2017 was awarded in the Interactive Lighting Project category. Barbara Balestreri created four responsive light-installations which invited visitors to trigger sensors and projections activating emotional and dynamic lighting designs. For example, by sitting on a chair guests could switch on a kaleidoscopic effect of reflections of the iconic Taraxacum lamp by Castiglioni. Another room featured pulsating mini Glo-Ball pendant lamps by Jasper Morrison which created a raindrop effect over a rippling water surface projected on the floor. Philippe Starck’s Chapo lamps hanging upside-down from the ceiling of another room lit-up when people stepped on a particular platform. A 2097 chandelier by Gino Sarfatti emanating a warm, bespoke light became instead a sculpture when indirectly illuminated. “With this installation we aimed to highlight both the decorative and technical aspects of lighting design, which are often presented separately even though they are inseparable aspects of the project”, said Barbara.

The highly acclaimed lighting project for the Dentro Caravaggio exhibition at Palazzo Reale in Milan (28th September 2017- 4th February, 2018), realized by Barbara Balestreri in collaboration with Flos, also received a Honorable Mention in the Interior Architectural Illumination category. The lightecture for this major retrospective of the Renaissance icon Caravaggio followed the artist’s path highlighting the vibrant colours and luminosity of his canvases. Visitors were invited to explore the painter’s works through a path of shadows that became darker and darker throughout the exhibition. The luminous halos that seemed to expand from the canvases invited visitors to walk into Caravaggio’s atmospheres.