Italian lighting brand MM Lampadari’s latest collaboration with Milan-based designer Serena Confalonieri is a name that comes from a land far from the fashion capital of the world. The design of the lamp, which is derived from the Arabic word for “Laila”, evokes warm and magical nights. LaylaThe new table lamp designed by Confalonieri is hand-blown and features sinuous, relief shapes. Her lamps are on display in the Contemporary collection, at the prestigious location in Palazzo Brancaccio in Rome from November 5, 2022 until January 7, 2023. Titled bright burningThis is the artist’s first solo exhibition. Her colorful and dreamy style is presented through different rooms and different products.
The title of the exhibition refers to a poem by William Blake tiger. Blake was interested in exploring concepts of perceptual expansion, an idea that inspired and informed Confalonieri’s creations. Drawing on another admirer of Blake’s poetry, English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley researched the perceptual changes caused by the use of psychedelic drugs and accompanied the viewer on a vibrant and colorful journey, in which sight and all other senses are stimulated with strong, vivid colours. Shimmering Patterns – The exhibition presents a track that narrates the designer’s work based on color perception.
The gallery displays diverse work by the designer, from mattresses to bedspreads, plaids to rugs and more. One can find Confalonieri Layla Lamps in the seventh and final hall of the exhibition. The starlight Wall & Decò wallpaper, in a customized version, forms the backdrop for the lamps. Designed specifically for bright burningThe wallpaper evokes a constellation of twinkling stars, leaving open the infinite creative universes the designer encounters, giving life to functional objects characterized by a constant search for new expressive languages.
Finishes chosen by the Italian designer for Layla Diversifying the upper part, which is transparent and monochromatic, from the lower part, which is opaque and striped. Thus, the lamp becomes a luminous body. While the light in the upper part is more direct and filtered through the clear tinted glass, the opaque glass in the lower part allows only part of it to pass through, turning it into a transparent object. The result is a varied mix of colours, a perfect dialogue between form and ornament.
Its shape is reminiscent of old oil lamps and table lights, warm and reassuring objects that give the room an intimate atmosphere, reminiscent of local photos. The name “Layla” is derived from the Arabic word laylah Which means “night” and suggests the use of the lamp in the most intimate settings: it keeps us company until the moment we fall asleep.
The images taken for the launch of the collection, under the artistic direction of Serena Confalonieri, interpret the concept – recreating a world between reality and dream, alluding to the ethereal and surreal atmosphere.
Serena Confalonieri is a designer and art director based in Milan who works on product design, graphic design and textile design projects and collaborates with several Italian and international companies. Her work, which lies between the realms of product design and graphic design, is guided by a meticulous research on surfaces. After obtaining her master’s degree in Interior Design, she began her career by working in various architecture and design practices in Milan, Barcelona and Berlin, in collaboration with the School of Interior Design of Politecnico di Milano as an Assistant Professor. In 2013, she made her debut at Milan Design Week with her flamingo rug, produced by Nodus. Over the years, she has been selected for design residencies and workshops in Italy, New York, Mexico and Portugal, and her work has been published in prestigious newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, Corriere della Sera, Il sol 24 ore, Wallpaper, Interni, Otagono, L’Officiel, Elle Décor, among others. She has also won awards such as Special Mention at the Youth and Design Awards 2014 and at the German Design Awards 2016. Her work has been shown in various important venues such as La Triennale di Milano and Rossana Orlandi Gallery.