Alessandro Zambelli has designed a collection of lights (3 table and 3 suspension) for .exnovo, which represents the essential synthesis, so perfect among traditional materials and avant-garde productions, ancient craft skills and innovative technologies. The Afillia collection has been included in the ADI Design Index 2014, a publication put out yearly by the Italian Association for Industrial Design (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale) that showcases some of the best design work produced each year.
The lights in the Affilia collection use pine wood as a base, a hardwood of the South Tyrolean Mountains. Handmade according to ancient traditions, the base is combined with a sintered polyamide shade realized through professional 3D printing. The choice of materials and manufacturing techniques tie together the past and present, binding the two in a natural continuous.
Afillia will be in the running for the 24th Edition of the “Compasso D’oro” prize shortlist. The “Golden Compass” prize, which grew out of an idea by Giò Ponti and was first awarded in 1954 in Milan, is the oldest and most important Italian award for design productions.
2014 also marks the unveiling of a new biennial award. The ADI Compasso d’Oro International Award recognizes projects from around the globe and will be focusing each time on a different topic. The first edition of the prize is based on the Expo 2015 themes and – under the apt name of Design for Food and Nutrition – aims at celebrating design and its ability to improve and enhance existing products and production processes at each stage of the food chain.
*All images and information courtesy of Alessandro Zambelli.