The new Almendra Suspension Light collection, designed for Flos, was born from an ambitious project combining sculptural form with contemporary lighting. Three different models each offer a unique silhouette: Organic, Arch and Linear, can be installed as individual units or suspended together to create a statement feature lighting installation. Each leaf can be rotated up to 60º, offering complete customisation to light direction.
Are there any masters of design who have been inspirational to you?
Vico Magistretti and Achille Castiglioni were both fundamental, both on a professional and personal plane. From Magistretti I learned the courage to put myself to the test, to truly believe in myself as a designer. Castiglioni taught me the value of design, back when I still believed that architecture was a superior art form. He inspired me with the irony, the fun and not taking yourself so seriously.
How much time off do you take during the year?
I take enough as they’re often linked to the school holidays of my children. Although, I hardly ever break away from work completely, my passions and work coincide. It’s not a burden, but a pleasure for me to do research. Time, in general, is the true luxury of life.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 2010