Cosmic Angel, Cosmic Ocean and Cosmic Leaf
by Ross Lovegrove for Artemide



London designer Ross Lovegrove has designed three lights for Italian brand Artemide.


Cosmic Angel (above) is an undulating form derived from air rippling across fabric, which can be lit from above or below.


The surface of the wall-mounted version (above and below) is covered in LEDs, allowing the colour of light emitted to be altered.


Cosmic Leaf (below) is covered in scales to capture light and can be hung from a ceiling-mounted light source or supported on a free-standing base.


Smaller, injection-moulded versions are clusered together on a reflective tile to create the Cosmic Ocean design (below).


Here's some more information from Ross Lovegrove:



New product program 2009-03-04


Cosmic Angel is a large two meter long digital surface that acts to capture and distribute light in a very new and visually engaging way. It has be derived from my ongoing research into liquid forms, digital algorithms and the contemporary process of milling and forming directly from computer software. The undulating waves have been studied to capture light from several different sources as a way of creating a very poly-sensorial distribution of light within a room or architectonic space.


My concept way to freeze a moment that seemed to be created by air rolling over a thin sheet , achieving a very natural flow and rhythm in the lightweight sculptural skin. Ultimately it appears to be suspended in anti gravity on a cushion of air….like the cosmos in the complex forms and geometries that seem to defy explanation and create a sense of infinity. This suspension version has optional types of light source , from below or above or both depending on whether the light is to be employed atmospherically or in unison with a white light diffusion across the ceiling from above.


The wall mounted version uses LED technology on its face as a more intimate and tactile form of light which can be colour tuned or set on a cycle of the colour spectrum. This can be hung horizontally or vertically and benefits from a very pure white light behind, making the piece appear to float and distributing excellent light levels in interior spaces. All products can be mounted in individual or multiple clusters to create specific installations capturing space in the home or in public spaces like a thin cloud of digit vapour or a virtual angel moving ethereally through space and time.



This is a large series that changes scale very naturally, primarily as a vertical device for capturing light. It appears as a digital leaf from another World, embedded with scales like a reptile or an insect which gather light and shadow on its body to seduce a mate. This dichroic, super complex surface changes dramatically with dichroic colour filters achieving a magical absorption and light emission never really seen before. The larger pieces can be suspended from recesses of ceiling mounted light fittings or simply placed free-standing on the floor.ross-lovegrove-for-artemide_cosmic-leaf-sospensione-by.jpg

The lamp base acting as a neutral element that does not compete with the leaf itself. Lastly there is a delicate little product which is a single, injection-moulded leaf in crystal techno-polymer that is cordless and rechargeable for intimate placement next to the bed, on a restaurant table or simply next to the sofa in the home.



As the name implies the micro, injection moulded version of the Digital Leaf has been suspended to form a migrating digital shoal of fish… a flocking of abstract light capturing crystalline leaves that change their form as ones moves around the piece.ross-lovegrove-for-artemide_cosmic-leaf-tavolo-b7.jpg

Available as tile module that has the function of repetition and duplication due to its semi reflective mirror coating, further charging the aesthetic with a sense of liquidity and technologic infinity.


Its where nature and technology converge in the freeform language flowing below and within the architectural discipline of the linear tile.


Posted on Sunday July 19th 2009 at 9:10 am by Ali Morris. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • designgurunyc

    Mmm, Cosmic Leaf is very good, if a little derivitive of Sarpaneva or Wirkkala, but hey, that’s not such a bad thing. It is nice to see a modern view on what is organic.

  • This looks like it has been designed on a computer.

  • I was joking of course.

    Brancusi without the depth..a hundred years late.

    Funny that he describes himself as ‘Henry Moore for the 21st Century’

    … the two sculptors above did so much for art and for the creative world… this is just another lamp.

    And yes, it looks like it has been designed on a computer – devoid of contact with either the hand or the material – they are alien, though not in a good way – alien in the sense that they look like the predictable geometry that pops out of a computer. They are familiar aliens.

  • toodles

    if you’ve seen these in person it’s quite funny. The material and form does not emit light or increase it’s luminance. It really is just a light shining onto the surface of a translucent material. Its almost as though someone is trying to convince you that this is innovative but you leave being totally unconvinced.


  • Brian

    Saw these in Milan- Liked the cosmic leaf, not impressed with the rest. In fact Rossy’s work was the most impressive for Artimede, and as a lighting professionals, we were very disappointed with their range.