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Foscarini presents immersive botanical installation at Milan design week

Promotion: Italian lighting brand Foscarini is launching an installation as part of Milan design week named (Im)possible Natures, which will see "the natural world take over urban space".

Created by Italian designer Ferruccio Laviani, (Im)possible Natures takes place in the brand's Milan showroom and intends to spotlight Foscarini's designs.

The outside of Foscarini's installation filled with plants
The installation will be a plant-filled space displaying Foscarini's latest products

The installation is designed to resemble a wild garden and is a place where visitors can sit and rest from the "frenzy of Milan design week".

It will be made up of grass, herbs and uncultivated plants that will take over the brand's showroom.

Outside of the plant-filled installation
The installation is designed to resemble a wild garden

"I designed a space where a natural world seems to take over the designed space," said the installation designer Ferruccio Laviani. "In the centre is Fregio by Andrea Anastasio – a long ceramic bas-relief decorated with flowers."

"[The space] is a dimension where human craft and the beauty of nature merge," he continued. "I imagine the pleasure of closing your eyes and daydreaming to find yourself in a field, looking at the sun in the sky."

Close up of Fregio's glazed ceramics
Fregio is presented as a suspension and wall lamp and is designed by Andrea Anastasio

In the middle of the installation, Foscarini will present Fregio, the new lamp designed by Andrea Anastasio.

The lamp, presented as a suspension and wall lamp, "embodies the meeting between two worlds and souls". It merges ancient artisanal techniques – represented by its ceramic floral design – with the lighting fixture, which references contemporary, industry lighting design.

Fregio includes a floral design made from ceramics
Fregio includes a floral design made from ceramics

"Fregio is the result of research on the relationship between light and ceramics driven by the desire to explore new expressive languages," said Anastasio.

"In this research, I approached a type of ceramic artefact that has gradually disappeared, from the postwar era onward: the ceramic panels that decorated the walls of homes, and I began to dissect ceramic panels from the castings of the Bottega Gatti archives in Faenza."

Fregio is informed by nature and features ceramic flowers

After walking through the installation, visitors have access to the showroom, where Foscarini presents seven new lighting projects, created by various designers.

This includes Italian designer Rodolfo Dordoni, who has designed Fleur – a battery-powered wireless portable table lamp that also functions as a vase, and Chapeaux, a table lamp collection made from metal, blown glass and porcelain.

Chapeaux is a table lamp collection
Chapeaux lamp collection by designer Rodolfo Dordoni

Chapeaux consists of a pyrex base, a core that emits light and three different diffusers, which rest on its base and come in various shapes depending on preference.

Also on show is Dutch designer Felicia Arvid's debut lighting design, a suspension lamp called Pli, alongside Hoba, an organic-shaped collection of lamps by Italian designers Ludovica and Roberto Palomba.

Foscarini's installation
Foscarini's installation is part of Milan design week

Also included is Anoor, a wall and ceiling solution that is both decorative and functional by Oscar and Gabriele Buratti.

To learn more about Foscarini and its installation at Milan design week, visit its website.

Milan design week 2023

(Im)possible Natures is part of Milan design week 2023, which takes place from 17 to 23 April. See our Milan design week 2023 guide on Dezeen Events Guide for information about the many other exhibitions, installations and talks taking place throughout the week.

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