Alchemie T Table Lamp
Alchemie T Table Lamp

Alchemie T Table Lamp

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The antithesis between light and dark, between Sun and Moon, is everlasting, like part of the same flow of existence.

Many allegorical meanings have been given to the necessary relationship between two elements that each exist as a consequence of the other.

The new lamp Alchemie T, designed by Giulia Archimede for Catellani & Smith, investigates this dimension whose components are diametrically opposed but always, and for ever, connected.

Alchemie T is an exquisite sculpture composed of two discs: the former, made of alabaster and lit by LEDs, stays fixed, while the latter, made of brass, slides on a track-base made of Medea limestone just with a light touch of the hand.

The interaction between light and shade reaches its peak the moment when the two discs overlap and almost mimic an eclipse.

Giulia Archimede

After pursuing classical studies, Archimede deepen her academic career by focusing on interior and product design. She concluded her bachelor’s degree with a thesis about the concept of travel, entitled “The merging of shape, matter and light: Gmondo”.

With that thesis, she set the foundations of her work to come in the following 2 years, filled with journeys and discoveries. Satisfying her curiosity by embracing numerous cultures, such as those of South Africa and Finland.

Discovering her surroundings but mostly herself. While breathing Cape Town in 2014, year during which the city was the world’s capital of design, she found many inspirations to broaden her abilities in projecting furniture and wooden structures.

Inspiration that she will deepen when she was admitted at the wood program of Alvar Aalto in Helsinki, where the Saie pavillon, final task of the year, is chosen by Archdaily as Best Student Work Worldwide. Back in Italy the strong Finnish influence was still fresh.

She concentrated on designing wooden furniture. After founding, in collaboration with LeftOver Design studio, the still existing carpentry BASE Milano, she experienced a lot and curiosity pushed her to work also with other materials, above all light, protagonist of her most important projects.

What is presented in her works is a feeling, an emotion taking shape. Every object is a conveyor to express emotions in a way that would not be possible through the use of words.

It is light that brought her to meet the company Castellani&Smith, who launched her lamp Alchemie in 2019 and her project Another Smith, a collaboration that aims towards an illuminated future.

"Every object is a conveyor to express emotions in a way that would not be possible through the use of words." - Giulia Archimede