Italian designer Luca Nichetto’s new lamp for Foscarini was inspired by Stewie, the football-headed baby from Family Guy.

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

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

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

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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.

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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  • Patrick Doyle

    Seems more like a marketing ploy rather than direct influence. It looks very pretty, but the typical 'designer's pitch' turns me off.