Milano: A Lamp Inspired by Organic, Natural Shapes

In 2014, Nikari partnered with five universities around the world to have them design a wooden product for a project they are calling “5 Studies for Nature.” The fourth in the series is Milano, a lamp by four students at the Politecnico di Milano.


Milano looks to organic shapes in nature, like leaves, flowers, water drops, and found that using a material also found in nature, they could get the curves they were looking for. The thin, ash wood veneer could bend to the shape they were looking for, while also allowing light to pass through.


The four students were: Alessandro Grasso, Alexandra Lunardi, Sara Flamigni and Emanuele Colzani.


Other studies are:
March: HELSINKI lounge chair
May: GUANGDONG table
August: TORONTO outdoor bench
December: (forthcoming) STOCKHOLM

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.