Cubes Lighting by Monica Pinto de Almeida

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Cubes

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Lighting

INSPIRATION:
A very clear aesthetic was formed in my mind inspired by the architecture of the early 20th century, the Bauhaus and German modernism. Architecture, which is one of my passions and sources of inspiration, especially from this era, was the engine of creation for this table lamp. The work of volumes with defined geometric shapes and their special way of working with the "truth to materials" principle, were the main characteristics that inspired me in the creation and development of this design.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Cubes table lamp expresses a concept combining light with graphic design. The lamp consists of three geometric forms stacked in a balanced composition and distinguished by the material, wood, enhancing its warm personality. The asymmetric positioning of the forms creates a different profile on each side, a constant rediscovery of the piece. The light fixture is a led circuit with a diffuser, softly distributing the light downwards on two of the volumes, highlighting the concept of the lamp.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The Cubes table lamp creates a dynamic connection with the user, forcing the viewer's eye not to remain static, but to a discovery of distances, volumes and shapes due to the asymmetric positioning of all the volumes of the piece. A sculpture of geometric shapes with light, a simplicity with the balance of its forms. The piece can be used in any room, creates a subtle lighting, intimate and elegant at the same time, taking the space around it with its aesthetic character and the warmth of wood.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The first idea for this design came in the year 2015 and since then was being developed and studied until the final piece was completed in 2018 and exhibited in the same year for the first time at an interiors event called Sleepin in Porto, Portugal. Since 2021 the lamp is on display at Codigo design gallery, Porto.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
In the first phase of development, I worked with drawings and sketches to develop the concept of the piece, then started to work on the volumetry with several physical models made in cardboard to work better the volumes, dimensions and light effects. At last the 3d production drawings, selection of woods and materials and research for the Led light features. The piece is produced working with CNC, laser engraving for the logo, final assembly with highly skilled handwork and varnish finishings.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
This table lamp is made out of three volumes produced in solid wood having the options of oak, walnut and a veneer option in palisander, with a natural finishing varnish to highlight and accentuate the characteristics of the wood. Dimensions: height 330mm, width 250mm x 270mm. The included light feature is led and operates on two of the volumes in a downwards orientation softened with opaline diffuser. 2700 kelvin, 2x 650 lumens, 230 V,50Hz, 8W, CRI more than 80, beam 120 degrees, clear electric cable with 2mt length.

TAGS:
Cubes, table lamp, wood, oak, architectural, design lamps, lighting, portuguese designer, lighting design, solid wood, made in Portugal

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
In order to follow with my first idea and inspiration of this piece, my research was very much based on the different artistic and architectural movements, their characteristics, their differentiations, philosophies and methodologies, and their social implications. In particular the Bauhaus style, Russian Brutalism and German minimalism, the union of arts and design and the use of different materials. The removal of excesses, simple geometric shapes, without elaborated decorations.

CHALLENGE:
One of my challenges in this piece was to stay true to my inspiration and create a lighting piece that could bring together the various aesthetic characteristics of its starting point without interfering with its functionality. Challenging also, was the special care that was given to the proportions in order to always maintain an elegant and beautiful balance in the piece and to work with the living material, wood, in a way to achieve perfection in its finishings.

ADDED DATE:
2022-02-19 08:42:40

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Tiago Costa, 2021.
Image #2: Photographer Tiago Costa, 2021.
Image #3: Photographer Tiago Costa, 2021.
Image #4: Photographer Tiago Costa, 2021.
Image #5: Photographer Tiago Costa, 2021.
Video: Art direction and Editing: Mónica Pinto, 2021


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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
MOKKI Design

PROFILE:
MOKKI is a lighting and furniture design studio proud of its own story and roots, passionate about Beauty, Design, Emotions, Evolution and deeply connected to the Atlantic influence and openminded Thinkers. The artist-Designer Mónica Pinto was born in 1977, in the North of Spain, Galicia. Having a multicultural family spent most of her childhood between Spain and Portugal. Graduated in Fine Art, Decorative Painting, Restoration, Faux-Effect and Frescoes. This was the beginning of her path in the world of Art and Design founding her own studio in 1997 in Sintra, Lisbon. Driven by her own vision and passion, in 2016 she launches her own brand MOKKI Design, where her memories are an integral part of her imagery. The duality of her Portuguese and Spanish heritage is always present in her work. Stepping out of the mainstream of Design trends to focus on the cohesion of humanity and technology within Design, where by her own words “Each line is the beginning of a story”. Our philosophy is to transmit at all times Art and Emotions. Mónica together with her partner and mother, Nazaré believes that Art is the purest form of human experience, in which questions, doubts and restlessness of the soul and mind become matter. Each Mokki collection is designed, and sustainably manufactured in Portugal. Bespoke projects are designed in our studio in Sintra, Lisbon with high standards of quality, seeking to create exquisite pieces that utilize technology and center around the human experience.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Cubes Lighting by Monica Pinto De Almeida is a Nominee in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Cubes Lighting by Monica Pinto De Almeida is Winner in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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