Since 1960 Carlesso represents a true elegance and authentic Italian traditions in the lighting design. History of this brand deigns from “Ceramiche Carlesso”, which general direction was creating of unique ceramic lamps and accessories. Each object was marked with an exceptional style and unique charm. An exquisite aesthetics was based on a “symbol of the artisanship and tradition of Nove” (commonly known as the “city of ceramic”).
Carlesso’s “artisan identity” reveals in revival of traditional art of ceramics. Proceeding from the unique artisan’s techniques used in the 18th century, Mario Carlesso was also focused on the research of new materials (for example, it is about precious metals and fabrics in combination with the irreplaceable glass and porcelain). So, we can talk about a new interpretation of the artistic traditions. It is about a special aesthetics which combines perfectly a unique style and local experience with the exclusivity of “Made in Italy”. It is about a timeless “artisan identity”, which corresponds to the up-to-date tendencies and “continues to be a synonymous with tradition, quality and uniqueness”.
Each Carlesso lamp is created to find the right moment of change, adapting traditional experience to the present design tendencies. Therefore, Carlesso proposed the idea of a “binary modernity” marked with an exclusive style and timeless charm. Artisan’s attention to details, design, style, shape, material research and an exact product realization – were “translated into contemporary language”. Art of light finds its completeness in Carlesso philosophy based on a new interpretation: glass, metal, fabric, light and the ambiences are becoming the means of new expression of creating illumination”. In Carlesso world each creation is turned into a work of art.
It is known, “ceramic has an essential role” in Carlesso artisan manufacturing. But various materials and their interesting combinations are also used for creating unique objects. For example, the artisan’s techniques could be applied not only to glass and ceramic, but also to precious fabrics, like silk which is perfect to obtain sinuous shapes and original light effects. A soft touch of the light shades and reflections reveals due to its glossy surface. The lamps made with brocade details differ by a true elegancy. It is about one of the most precious fabrics marked with complexity of patterns, brocade is similar to the embroidery, and it could be decorated using discontinuous wefts in silk or precious metals (which are added to the base fabric).
Carlesso lighting creates a special atmosphere in any interior. An exact artisan work allows to reveal an authentic aesthetics in each detail. So, a rare artistic value has a special significance for any Carlesso lamp or chandelier. Blown glass differs by an amazing purity regardless of its colour or transparency, crystal clear or coloured glass is perfect for creating unique objects which could have various shapes and a special style. We also can see the lamps made of oak. This is a nice material for creating simple geometric shapes, and it could be varnished in various shades.
Honey chandeliers by Carlesso are marked with a mysterious image, delicate lines and a true elegancy of each detail. We can see the element made of blown glass in a deep black colour. And the lampshades are made of silk voile in “smoke” or golden colour shades. A unique silhouette of thus composition reveals in a soft light combined with dark shades of silk.
Lobuan chandeliers by Carlesso differ by visually complicated but at the same time intangible composition. Subtle strings of the blown glass beads are streaming through the sinuous lines and a soft light. The lampshades are made of the pleated silk voile in a mysterious “smoke” colour. Among all delicate details we can see a twinkling of Swarovski crystals. Weightless curves of the lines, “live” luminescence of the crystal and an amazing play of light shades and reflections – all these nuances complete perfectly the silhouette of Lobutan chandelier.
An interesting fusion of Italian artisan tradition with a modern image is typical for Godò chandeliers by Carlesso. The sources of light are hidden in the blown glass elements in white colour (or in white smoke crystal, red or grey). We can see the sinuous arches in the upper part of its construction. The whole composition is marked with the delicate proportions and soft light reflections. Godò chandeliers by Carlesso made of red or grey blown glass differ by a modern laconic image.
Blanche chandeliers are marked with a true weightless. Each its detail personifies a true delicacy. Subtle curves of the compositional elements in a white blown glass, tine decorative details and soft light of the lampshades made of pleated silk voile – all these details are typical for its design. And the intangible feathers become a special accent of this chandelier.
Steelfly is one of the most original creations in Carlesso lighting collections. Its structure consists of the steel ribbons which seem to be free in their movement. This composition differs by delicate decorative elements which shape is similar to the subtle butterflies. A unique dynamics and amazing play of light and reflections reveal due to glossy steel surfaces and silver colour. Steelfly chandelier by Carlesso is marked with an amazing lightness, and a true delicacy of the details completes the whole composition with a special artistic value.
Carlesso presents unique models of the lamps which design combines an authentic artisan tradition with the modern tendencies. Eclectical compositions and modern shapes are typical for some lamps, but at the same time craftsmen use exceptional materials to keep the initial image of Italian art of light.
For example, Kel lamps by Carlesso differ by delightful effects of light and unique colour shades. Each of diffusers consists of three shapes made of borosilicate glass. This material is perfect for creating of any design objects and realization of the unusual ideas. Due to the original metal coating the lighting effect is very soft, and the colour shades seem to be natural or even “alive”. An elegant image of light reveals in warm shades of the copper of gold, in purity of crystals and chromed details.
Jill lamps by Carlesso differ by unusual design. Their compositional elements are made of oak (in dark or light colour shade). Wood ovals attached to the central body with magnets. Each oak oval differs by soft and stretched lines that allow to use a lot of these elements for creating the whole composition which is similar to the shape of lotus flower.
Melissa lamps by Carlesso differ by an eclectical composition which combines the elements of authentic Italian artisan tradition with a modern geometry. This lamp is made with hand decorated majolica with golden leaf, silver leaf or white finishes. Sinuous arms could be made of the matt brass or nickel with brushed finish. Delicate proportions and subtle details are combined perfectly with some simplicity and a laconic geometry.
Several Carlesso lamps could be defined as the light installations. For example, Pliet lamps differ by an unusual design. A lot of sinuous twisted diffusers are placed at several tiers that create a unique lighting dynamics. This composition is marked with a visual delicacy but at the same time it seems to be volumetric. The diffusers are handmade of blown glass in white colour or warm amber shade.
Composition of Soul lamp by Carlesso is marked with an eclectical but at the same time exquisite design. The diffusers are made of white blown glass, and they have different abstract forms. Each of these elements has a distinctive shape. A single element in tobacco colour is placed in the inside of the whole composition, and it becomes a special design accent. Due to unique colour shades of the blown glass Soul lamps are perfect for creating a soft light, and their unusual design becomes a unique decoration for any interior.
Amazing Dame Collection by Carlesso impresses us at first sight. Composition of these lamps consists of charming porcelain figurines. Delicate female silhouettes were “inspired by noble women of the ‘700 and their typical baroque fashion of the time with large vests enriched in laces and embroidery”. All figurines are lightened from inside. Using such an exquisite material like porcelain (with its transparency) allows to create a unique effect of soft light.
Each single element of Dame lamps becomes an art-object marked with a charming image, amazing dynamics and delicate details. A strong artistic value has a special significance for this collection. Dame lamps by Carlesso differ by some retro-touch and at the same time it is about Art of Light, which illuminate every moment with a true magic.
Quite often the design of Carlesso lighting is associated with oriental motifs. For example, Amon lamps are marked with a special stylistics. An interesting central diffuser could be made of brass or steel mesh with bands decorated with golden leaf or polished steel. The whole composition of this lamp is marked with delicate curves and weightlessness which creates a unique lighting effect.
Carlesso table lamps
Design of Carlesso table lamps differs by a special touch of retro, true elegancy and an exact artisan work. For example, collection of Valentina lamps is marked with a vintage look. We can see a relief decoration in linen thread. Charlotte T lamp has an elegant shiny satin fabric lampshade decorated with the geometrical patterns. Its sculptural support element differs by Golden Ochre colour shade, and its base is made of majolica. Hand decorated majolica is also used for Sinis T lamp. Its sculptural base could be made of silk, visible chromed details make an emphasis on the delicate silhouettes of each table lamp by Carlesso.
DAM’ART Collection by Carlesso
DAM’ART limited special edition by Carlesso is marked with a true delicacy of the details. An authentic value and uniqueness of every single detail – have a special significance for the whole collection. Subtle female silhouettes, an exact work with the porcelain, an artistic realization of the ancient traditions of Italian craftsmen – it is about an exquisite image which personifies a true art.
Women figurines are made of porcelain, but the colour accents become a distinctive visual element of each composition. So, DAM’ART Collection becomes a nice representation of Carlesso philosophy of a “binary modernity”. DAM’ART lighting collection is marked with a timeless charm, but at the same time it corresponds to the modern tendencies, keeping the initial image of a true Art of Light.