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The collection of “Luce Liquida” luminous vases by Zafferano selected by the ADI Design Index 2019
The collection of “Luce Liquida” luminous vases by Zafferano selected by the ADI Design Index 2019
15 October 2019
The Luce Liquida project has been selected by the ADI Design Permanent Observatory for publication in the ADI Design Index 2019. The ADI Design Index 2019 is the first edition of the biennial cycle that brings together pre-selected products for the ADI Compasso d'Oro Award 2020. Luce Liquida is a project organised by the architect Anna Barbara (Polytechnic University of Milan) and by Federico de Majo, the Venetian designer and head of the company Zafferano.

Luce Liquida is a collection of vases that become containers for light, beams of light that give rise to transparencies in glass crafted, as in the past, in a furnace. These luminous creations are the result of the fine craftsmanship of master glassmakers: this is the new project for a collection of luminaires in artistic Murano glass, conceived and designed by Federico de Majo and the architect Anna Barbara.

“We are honoured and happy that our Luce Liquida project has been selected for publication in the ADI Design Index and for taking part in the final stage towards the ADI XXVI Compasso d’Oro Award”, commented Federico de Majo, CEO of Zafferano. “This award is the most prestigious acknowledgement for the production and design quality of goods, services, processes and systems of Italian design. The criteria used by ADI for evaluating and choosing the best objects of Italian design are focused on quality. For Zafferano, being selected entails recognition of its work throughout all these years, with its commitment and passion aimed at creative and innovative design. All this without losing sight of its origins. I’m Venetian and my professional training started on the island of Murano, in our family-run glassworks. But “know-how” and experience in glassmaking always require new input in order to take a qualitative leap forward and take important steps in the innovation process. My meeting with the architect Anna Barbara, the subsequent exchange of ideas and the sharing of a “contemporary” concept of a glass object were a turning point for achieving what has been acknowledged as a good design project.”

“Having the Luce Liquida project selected is an honour and proof that something new cannot only be found in new technologies but also very often in inventing new meanings and new contexts, which design, as a way of thinking beyond designing, makes possible or easily visible. The Luce Liquida project involves the other senses as means of design, imagination and creation. Light becomes liquid to fill a glass vase and it is immediately magical, like water in the lagoon at sunset, which colours the rippling water in the canals”, points out Anna Barbara, lecturer in Design at the Polytechnic University of Milan.

Every year, ADI, the Industrial Design Association, identifies the best Italian design already in production, selected by the ADI Design Permanent Observatory, and presents it through its communication channels, which take the form of a yearbook, a dedicated website and a series of exhibitions. Being published in the ADI Design Index means taking part in the pre-selection for the notable ADI Compasso d’Oro Award, assigned every two years.

The ADI Design Index 2019 was presented in Milan on Monday 14 October at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci. The exhibition will be open from 15 - 20 October 2019. This will be followed by a presentation in Rome, on Friday 22 November, at the Casa dell’Architettura, Acquario Romano. In June 2020, only those selected by the ADI Design Index 2018/2019 will be able to take part in the XXVI Compasso d’Oro programme.