Konstantin Grcic MEETS Achille Castiglioni <br> <br>and PARENTESI becomes OK | meetyourMOOD

22 August 2017

Konstantin Grcic MEETS Achille Castiglioni

and PARENTESI becomes OK

 [ I'm not crazy, I'm talking about design evolution]

First thing: who are these guys up here? ⬆︎

On the left side, you should already recognize one of them, precisely the one with the hand on the eye, I give you one little extra help, we met him here, talking about a lamp called ARCO, easy?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------- PIO MANZU'

The second one on the left is harder to recognise, he is Pio Manzù, born in Bergamo, Italy in 1939, son of the great sculptor Giacomo Manzù, and industrial designer joining the Hochschule für Gestaltung at Ulm school, the Mecca of world academic design, graduating with a thesis on the “safe tractor”.

Pio is a natural talent. In 1964 he graduated and anyone in the design industry wanted him under his wing: still young he knew how to design everything from furnishings to automotive design, also dealing with design theory, writing several articles for international journals.

Since 1967 he worked as a consultant for Fiat, designing the City Taxi, the Autobianchi Coupé and in just one year he designs a concept car that is an ante-litteram van, the FIAT 126, and gets the job of drawing the FIAT 127, the car that has to revolutionize the concept of popular car and core of the production worldwide for a decade. Not an easy task, considering he was not yet 30 years old.

But the story of this prodigious man doesn't have a happy ending and Pio Manzù never saw his work accomplished, it's 1969 when he dies while driving a FIAT 500 towards Torino, where he has to show the 1:1 model of the 127.

Manzù has been an innovator and a visionary. In his short life, he made pieces still commercially available, Pio Manzù in a few years has changed the way of designing, perhaps without even realizing it, and has left both a practical and theoretical teaching.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KONSTANTIN GRCIC

In the yellow box I am happy to have Konstantin Grcic:

- Monaco 1965

- trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School, Dorset, England.

"Konstantin Grcic defines function in human terms,

combining formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humor.

Each of his products is characterized

by a careful research into the history of design

and architecture and his passion for technology and materials.

Known for pared-down pieces,

Grcic is often called a minimalist

but the designer himself prefers to speak of simplicity. "



Cosa connette questi tre personaggi?


the key is


italian lighting design company founded in 1962 by Dino Gavina

----------------------------------------------------------------------------- PARENTESI
Let's go back to the 70s, when Achille Castiglioni starts working on a sketch by Pio Manzù for a lamp able to rotate 360 ° and move vertically by sliding along a shaped steel tube on a ceiling-to-floor cable.  The sketch depicted a cylindrical box with a slit for the passage of light, this box is running on an auction and fixed with a screw.

Castiglioni replaces the rod with a metal rope and minimizes the use of materials and the number of components. The central element of the lamp is a metal tube shaped with a particular shape whose main function is not aesthetic but structural. Due to the similarity with the parenthesis, it gives the name to this icon of Italian industrial design of PARENTESI.

"Pio Manzù had the original idea for Parentesi,
he thought up a fixed vertical boom and a cylindrical box with a slot for the light, 
which went up and down: 
you stopped it with a screw. 
He replaced the boom with a metal cord that, 
when bent, creates friction and enables the lamp to be 
in position without requiring any screws."

The lamp is made up of very few components: a steel braid carrier cable, a stainless steel nautical yoke to adjust the height from the ground, a painted steel tube (white, black or red) or nickel, a lead
weight cladded in black elastomer, a metal cylindrical cap, two black elastomer sleeves joined by a brass plug to hold the bladder lamp, an internal switch and an electric cable with plug for power.  
The only extra to this kit is a150 Watt bulb.Castiglioni, for the Parentesi lamp designed a special transparent plastic packaging. The packaging was made with vacuum-forming technology and allowed to see all the components that formed the mounting kit, which were perfectly stuck inside the packaging. The packaging consisted of two speckled shells, one transparent embedded on a white base, easily transportable by two lateral handles made in the package itself. 

So, if PARENTESI is a project my Castiglioni based on a sketch by Manzù, why talking a about Grcic?

Guess what? 

the key is always


----------------------------------------------------------------------------- OK

And the reason is that in 2014 Konstantin Grcic, inspired by PARENTESI,  designs OK [ O for the shape K for his name ], a flat LED light source lamp for FLOS comprising a light-emitting disk able to rotate 360 degrees sliding up and down a steel cable working like a rail.

The cylindrical weight hanging at the bottom of the previous design has been replaced with a conical weight easier to install, whilst the small spun metal ceiling rose remains exactly the same.

The parenthesis-shaped tube of the original lamp maintains its vertical sliding function over the steel cable, becomes a small rectangular box that houses the electronic components and a soft-touch switch.

"Forty years later, much has changed. 
The world of lighting has seen a fundamental shift 
from conventional bulbs to a variety of new lighting technologies 
which in themselves are creating new opportunities 
for the design and manufacturing of lamps. 
Designing a lamp is no longer limited to working around a given bulb. 
Today, it means designing the actual bulb or light source. 
This challenged me to think of Parentesi, 
a lamp that celebrated the traditional bulb in the most effective and beautiful way. 
Would it be possible to rethink the 
Parentesi lamp once more and pass the 
Manzù-Castiglioni torch on to the future?" 
Konstantin Grcic.

The German designer unites technological experimentation, design sensitivity and a taste for unadulterated shapes, paying homage to an icon of Italian industrial design. His passion for technology and materials translates into design that speaks the languages of simplicity, innovative avant-garde and design history.

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