Essenza for VDF x Ventura Projects

Jonathan Bocca marries marble with paper for Essenza lighting

Jonathan Bocca introduces the Essenza lighting collection as part of VDF's collaboration with Ventura Projects.

Exhibitor: Jonathan Bocca
Project title: Essenza

Jonathan Bocca is an interior and furniture designer. He is introducing a lighting collection called Essenza as part of VDF's collaboration, which is available as either a floor or table lamp.

Each product in the range extends from a base of discarded Vagli marble, which draws focus to a delicate and transparent canvas through which the light shines. This is made from Japanese mulberry paper.

According to Bocca, the goal of the project is to couple artisanal manufacturing with discarded materials, and demonstrate how a single object can be used to "define and give strength to its surrounding environment".

Main image is by Roberto Angiolini, thumbnail is by Giulia Raya.


Virtual Design Festival is the world's first online design festival, taking place from 15 April to 30 June 2020.

Ventura Projects are exhibitions curated by Utrecht- and Milan-based Organisation in Design that cover the latest developments in contemporary design.

As part of VDF, Ventura Projects is presenting the work of 88 international designers, academies and brands. See work from all the VDF x Ventura Projects participants at