An exciting project rich with meaning.
That well describes the technical lighting consultancy work we did for one of Italy’s most famous brands of intimate clothing.
We feel a special pride when speaking of this work because of the tragedy that hit the Cotonella building when it was burnt down one night only a few months before our commission.
It was truly moving to join with the teams of designers and companies helping that company literally rise from the ashes.
The technical lighting work had no comparison with work at a “normal” office.
The main wooden structures, the large windows, the central staircase, the offices, the exterior, every part was minutely studied to identify its different characteristics and functions.
Bring in the light to harmonise the aesthetic choices of the architectural designs.
All the lighting units are LEDs. The chosen light tonalities are exclusively warm, except for the manufacturing area on the ground floor, where we went for more neutral tonalities and greatly increased the lighting values of the work areas.
On the ground floor the more elegant areas were lit with narrow-beam recessed spotlights capable of delivering a non-uniform light that picks out the coatings used on the floor surfaces.
A different solution was created with recessed wall washers throwing a soft, uniform light on the walls leading to the laboratory, enriched by Cotonella’s many advertising campaigns.
The central staircase was illuminated with magnetic products placed underneath some of the steps, pointing down, as if to leave the structure untouched by foreign bodies.
But the heart of the business is on the first floor. Between the management offices, operations offices and the long central corridor is the mezzanine floor, completely enclosed by glazing and lit with decorative lighting.
The challenge was to get the lighting right so that it would meet the regulations while at the same time being aesthetically pleasing and also help the viewer enjoy the magnificent wooden structure.
We solved the problem by using three different kinds of floor lamps and some upward-pointing linear products.