Yanzi by Artemide

Yanzi lamp by Artemide

to see light
to touch light
to imagine a bird?

Stylized lighting installation Yanzi by Artemide was created in collaboration with Neri&Hu. Design of this object differs from the common opinion about an objective essence of light. The composition of Yanzi reveals a special synthesis of graphic design and timeless tradition in work with refined materials. The structure of Yanzi lamps is based on a visualization of the moment which can be found in nature: when the birds are placed on a tree. Stylized silhouettes of the swallows appear spontaneously on the branches or perches marked with a contrast finishing that emphasize the contours of the whole composition which seems to be a “schematic”.

Yanzi lamps by Artemide reveal a new sensory experience in our perception of light. There are the things we percept by eyes, but there are also some associations connected with the physically existing objects. So, one can see light, or even touch light, or it’s just enough to imagine a bird… Yanzi lamps by Artemide differ by a unique aesthetics based on the associative perception. We also can see delicate contrasts and an amazing balance revealed in lightweight structures which seem to be created of graphic signs. It is about a special combination of materials, details, shape and light – revealed in a dynamic image which perception can be transformed into an individual experience, or into a question “do you see a bird?”

Yanzi by Artemide
Yanzi lamps by Artemide (design Neri&Hu)

A unique dynamics of Yanzi composition is based on a special position of the swallows – it is about a reproduction of natural and spontaneous movements which are typical for these tiny creatures. Certain dissonance appears in a play with the balance – because white glass sphere filled with light seems to be irreal weightless in relation to a delicate brushed brass body of the swallow. We also can see an exceptional contrast of warm and cold substances which best reveal a special essence of each other: metal details, graphic contours and soft, warm light that fills the whole composition from inside, and opens a unique atmosphere of surround space.

Yanzi lighting installation is an open system which is free to everyone could create a unique composition that can be defined as a “light landscape”. Moreover, delicate swallows can be completed with the stylized cages made of a transparent glass. This symbolizes a special poetry, because being in the cage each swallow is still free to give its warm light. Yanzi lamps by Artemide create a unique animation of the space opening a new side of sensory experience.

Yanzi Collection by Artemide was presented at the International Lighting Exhibition Euroluce 2017

Yanzi by Artemide
Yanzi lamps by Artemide (design Neri&Hu)

Author: Marina Schultz

Source of photos: Artemide