London- and Verona-based Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri of Something have been exploring the properties of indirect light and light diffusion for some time; Naica, a new collaboration with Ligne Roset, is a culmination of their work. The lamp is inspired by miners’ carbide lanterns, which typically used a concave reflector around a flame to cast illumination; here, however, electricity and LEDs replace acetylene gas, and living rooms become a stand-in for pitch-black subterranean hollows. The modernized, cavern-like shape of the fixture achieves the “soft and relaxing” mood the two were after--one that doesn’t shine so much as glow within the white or red cavity. “We wanted to recreate a friendly atmosphere,” Debiasi tells Co.Design. “Something that would inspire a bit of calm and favor positive feelings.”
They carried out extensive tests with cardboard models, but used ceramics for the final result. “It is a millennial material whose method of production, while fascinating and quite complex, has not changed much over time,” Debiasi says. In addition to its inherent heritage, the small, all-but-imperceptible imperfections acquired during the production process only serve to enhance its charm. “A nice crafty and human touch,” he says.
The final flourish is a simple attachment that makes for extra-easy portability around the house. “We didn’t really want to further complicate things, but we felt the need to make it look a bit more casual and less serious. So we picked up on something that was already in there: the cable. And we simply doubled its function by creating a further loop,” Debiasi says. The multi-colored, fabric-covered topknot can be used to tote Naica from bedside table to sideboard to desk to shelf. And though they didn’t intend it as a mini-display, it seems like an ideal place to spotlight a tiny tableau of small, treasured knick-knacks.