The Delta collection features a ceiling lamp modelled on the skylight in the Pantheon – one of the best preserved ancient Roman buildings, thought to have been completed in 126 AD – a table lamp that recalls the shape of a centurion's helmet, and a vinegar dispenser that resembles vessels from the second century AD.
These relics are reinterpreted as abstracted, minimal forms combining marble, metals, porcelain and wood.
The design duo behind Formafantasma, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, returned to their native Italy for the project, which was created together with Roman design gallery Giustini/Stagetti Galleria O Roma.
It was commissioned as part of the gallery's Privato Romano Interno programme, which invites international designers to create furniture using Rome as a source of inspiration.
Taking its references from first century BC Roman military headwear, the Helmet ceiling lamp is made of two discs of polished gilded brass curved around an LED, and supported by a third disc serving as an electrified base.
Instead of a switch, the lamp is turned on through the gesture of turning the brass discs in different directions.
The porcelain Acquedotto pourer – a bulbous, double-ended vinegar dispenser with a wavy handle on its top and a geometric water pitcher on a doughnut-shaped base – bears an even closer resemblance to the ancient Roman vessels on which it is based.
Like classical Roman pottery, the pourer comes in red and black, and Formafantasma has also created a version in a more contemporary off-white.
Other pieces are modelled after the rigid ring of a 46 BC Roman necklace. The Magnifier floor and ceiling lamp echo its shape in rings of polished gilded brass.
The Delta collection also includes designs based on Roman architecture. The Eclipse ceiling light's arrangement of polished gilded brass and travertine stone discs and gilded guitar strings is meant to reference the Pantheon, where a circular hole in the domed roof casts a distinct beam of light.
The LED reflecting on the travertine stone disc is also described by the studio as recreating the "very peculiar feeling of the sun illuminating Roman buildings".
Mid 20th-century Roman architecture also makes an appearance in Delta, as the studio saw a parallel between the utilitarian objects of the ancient past and Modern styles of architecture.
Adalberto Libera's 1940s Palazzo dei congress is captured in the lines of the marble and brass Domus side table, while Luigi Moretti's Casa dell armi from the same period influences the gridded maple wood containers of the Theca cabinet.
The full collection was unveiled at last week's Design Miami/Basel fair in the Swiss city of Basel, although Studio Formafantasma debuted some of the pieces earlier this year at a solo exhibition at the Peep-Hole Contemporary Art Centre in Milan.