Luca Nichetto Designs Gèmo Lighting Collection for Parachilna

04.24.18 | By
Luca Nichetto Designs Gèmo Lighting Collection for Parachilna

Italian designer Luca Nichetto brings his own approach to the traditional spherical lampshade with his mouth-blown glass lighting collection called Gèmo. Designed for Parachilna, the Spanish lighting manufacturer known for bold collaborations with designers like Stephen Burks, Jaime Hayon, and Neri&Hu, the shades appear to have been deconstructed and rebuilt with a faceted shape and a textured surface.

Gèmo, which means ‘yarn ball’ in Venetian dialect, shows up in the shade’s shape and texture looking as if string has been wrapped around like a ball of yarn leaving linear imprints behind. The lines on the surface are made using a technique called ‘molatura’, where artisans engrave directly on the glass. The striped texture is highlighted when the dimmable light is turned on and emphasizing the grooves.

The Gèmo collection comes in four versions – two table lamps, a floor lamp, and a pendant – with Barcelona-made metal supports in your choice of finishes – matte nickel or black chrome. Each diffuser is handmade by an artisan atelier in Venezia who specializes in glassblowing.

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