Late afternoon on Sunday, just prior to our departure from the sun-drenched Milan, we have paid a visit to what without a doubt was one of the most inspiring and eclectic exhibitions to take place as part of Fuorisalone during this year’s Salone del Mobile fair. The place we have in mind is Spazio Rossana Orlandi. Tucked away behind a green courtyard, in a picturesque building in the Magenta Neighbourhood, the two-storey shop and an adjacent exhibition space were once again transformed into a kaleidoscope of beautiful, unique and frequently curious objects. Beautiful, unique and decisively curious also happens to fit perfectly when describing the latest light bulb devised by the Swedish design group Front for a new Dutch company, Booo.
The poetic, fleeting design featured an LED light source enclosed in a continuously morphing, and eventually evaporating light-reflecting soap bubble, which, by the time the lamp’s LED burns out (50000 hours) will have renewed itself around 3 million times. ‘Surface Tension’ was part of a collection of design light bulbs commissioned especially for the exhibition by Booo.
More about ’Surface Tension Lamp’:
‘A bubble is brief, and bursts at your touch. But while it lasts,it catches the light and reflects the room like a multi-coloured temporary structure. We wanted to create a constantly changing lamp that combines the most ephemeral of lampshades with an LED light source that will last for 50000 hours.