Spectacular new luxury department store opens in Venice

view from the roof of The Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice

Two of the pillars upon which our business rests are luxury and Venice. So it is fitting that we bring you first impressions of the new luxury department store that opened to the public in Venice this week. Last week were the press evenings, the VIP evenings with acrobats tumbling down the walls…

acrobats in the Fondaco dei tedeschi in Venice

It is the first European retail space to be created by the LMVH-owned luxury brand, DFS. Why Venice? Well partly because they felt that “…there isn’t one place where you can go to find a succinct, well-curated shopping experience”.

But it must also be because of the astonishing building that has been made available to them, after which the shop is named, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi on the Grand canal, next to the Rialto bridge:

exterior of the Fondaco dei tedeschi, Venice

A key component of what is probably the most important cityscape in the world, it is also amazing inside:

cortile of the DFS fondaco dei tedeschi in Venice

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Why bother to rewire an American light fitting?!

ln my post The regulations that lights in Europe must meet (click here), I point out that there is more involved to convert a north American light for use elsewhere in the world than just “rewiring”!

If a light is to be used in the EU, it has to meet EU standards, proof of which is given by a Declaration of Conformity, that you can request from the supplier at any time.

The main standard, EN60598, is based on IEC 60598, which applies almost everywhere in the world except north America. It covers a lot more than just the wiring!!! To make this point crystal clear, I’ve put below the contents page of 60598. The English version of the full document is 216 pages long….

So why on earth waste your money (or your client’s money) paying someone just to rewire a light, if they are going to ignore all the other requirements? It will still be illegal and potentially dangerous, whether it has been rewired or not.

(I don’t expect you to read these contents pages in any detail, particularly since they are rather fuzzy. They are here to give you a general impression.)

60598 a

60598 b

60598 c

60598 d

60598 e

60598 f

Everything above is in part 1 of EN60598 and applies to all lights.

Part 1 is supplemented by the following sections in part 2 which address specific types of light. Thus, a table light has to meet all the requirements in part 1, plus the requirements in part 2-4.

60598 gNow do you see?!

Reflect that every light you have ever bought meets these requirements if it is from a reputable maker. They know what the rules are in advance – they are the template for making a safe light. It is quite another matter to re-engineer a light made to completely different specifications, as is the case with a light made for the north American market.

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Installations created using Tubes from Vistosi

Vistosi Tubes lighting installation at Elie Tahari, Atlanta
Tubes, from Vistosi, is tubes, but square ones! They can be employed in a variety of ways to make compositions, including attached directly to the ceiling, as above.

You can see below how they are normally mounted, with a visible metal structure:

Vistoai Tubes Oceania Business Plaza Panama

and here, where they are mounted individually, rather than in clusters:

Vistosi Tubes ceiling lights IFI Lux

However, Tubes have also been mounted directly to the ceiling. This is the Crowne Plaza in Dubai:

Vistosi Tubes Crowne Plaza Dubai

Or they can be suspended, as here, in a publicity shot from IFI for Beverly, one of their cool (in both senses of the word!) counters for bars, gelaterie and pasticcerie:

Vistosi Tubes suspension lights IFI Beverly

As standard, the glass is either polished white or semitransparent fumé.

The images in this post have been taken from the book Vistosi have just published that shows details of some of their installations. You can download a PDF of it here.

Vistosi TUBES lighting installation

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Installations created using Diadema from Vistosi

Vistosi Diadema chandedlier at Le Tre Gazzelle Milan

Diadema is one of a series of designs from the great Venetian glass company, Vistosi, intended to be used in a wide variety of ways – both as standard catalogue items (chandeliers, pendant lights, floor lights, wall lights) and for custom pieces.

It consists of glass rods, as above at Le Tre Gazelle in Milan, where they are forming the spectacular chandelier, as well as the simpler wall lights.

Diadema can be made into simple pendants, like these, for Bulgari in Paris:

Vistosi Diadema custom pendants Bulgari Paris

Though more often, the rods are of different lengths, as here, in these suspensions over a bar at the Hotel Dorint in Zurich…

Vistosi Diadema suspension lights Hotel Dorint Zurich

…which match the Diadema wall lights there:

Vistosi Diadema Hotel Dorint Zurich appliques wall lights

Back to a larger scale, here’s a Diadema chandelier at the Hotel Regina Baglioni in Rome:

Vistosi Diadema chandelier at the Regina Baglioni Rome

The effect is quieter when two colours are used:

Vistosi - Diadema - Double colour

The standard glass colours are clear and topaz (as above). But blue can look very cool – in both senses! – for example.

Vistosi Diadema suspension light blue

The images in this post have been taken from the book Vistosi have just published that shows details of some of their installations. You can download a PDF of it here.

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Installations created using Giogali from Vistosi

Vistosi Giogali installation Doha Airport

That chandelier (at Doha airport) is seven metres high and contains 17,500 of these:

vistosi giogali gancio

This is Vistosi‘s Giogali system, of course – the system of glass hooks dreamt up by Angelo Mangiarotti in 1967 to make possible glass compositions that are just glass, having no metal except the slender frame from which they hang.

The shape that the resulting piece takes depends solely upon the shape of that frame. Each gancio (hook) hangs from the one above. The maximum length is 2.5m, so longer compositions are formed by having layers, like the Doha piece above, or this, in a Boffi showroom in Milan:

Vistosi Giogali Boffi Milan

Giogali can be used to create great curtains of glass, as here at a Bulgari showroom in Taipei: Continue reading

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