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A Lamp Inspired By Stewie From "Family Guy"? Why Not

Foscarini and Luca Nichetto revel in the lighter side of high-end Italian design.

  • <p>Italian designer Luca Nichetto’s new lamp for Foscarini was inspired by Stewie, the football-headed baby from Family Guy.</p>
  • <p>The top-heavy shell is made from heat-shaped polyethylene, similar to material commonly used to make luggage and travel gear.</p>
  • <p>The shell is pliable to the touch, and the prismatic upholstery allows light to gently glow into the room.</p>
  • <p>It’s cute--like a little character for your living room.</p>
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    Italian designer Luca Nichetto’s new lamp for Foscarini was inspired by Stewie, the football-headed baby from Family Guy.

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    The top-heavy shell is made from heat-shaped polyethylene, similar to material commonly used to make luggage and travel gear.

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    The shell is pliable to the touch, and the prismatic upholstery allows light to gently glow into the room.

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    It’s cute--like a little character for your living room.

Consider the crossover between high-end Italian lighting and foul-mouthed American cartoon tots: it doesn’t seem like there would be much in the middle of that bizarro venn diagram (or anything at all, really). Right? Wrong! Stewie, a new floor lamp from Foscarini, takes its name and top-heavy form from the football-headed Family Guy character.

Designer Luca Nichetto explains his creative vision behind the "friendly shape" in the video above. "It almost becomes a little person," he says. (I think it’s a bit more reminiscent of Eve from Wall-E, but that’s just me.)

The outer shell is made from a heat-shaped polyethylene—similar to material commonly used to make luggage and travel gear—and is pliable to the touch; in this way, the fixture has the comfy essence of a soft goods accessory, like a big pillow. A prismatic fabric covers the oversized concave shape, meaning light is both reflected and absorbed, which offers a gentle ambient glow around the upholstered, rounded rectangle framed in the middle. No in-your-face spotlight here; this baby is built for lounging around.

And, hey, if you’re a serious animation superfan, there’s always the opportunity to complement Stewie with a chair in the shape of your favorite member of The Simpsons.

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