Italian Designers Don’t Make Light of Legend
Leucos announces collaboration with EVA ZEISEL
Italian Glassworking Artistry & The Vision of an American Design Luminary
Leuco USA, a branch of Leucos known for its distinctive Italian contemporary hand-blown glass lighting, is proud to announce its latest designer collaboration with the beloved industrial designer Eva Zeisel. The American icon is set to celebrate her 105th birthday this November with a few candles of her own. A self-declared “maker of useful things,” Zeisel’s upcoming lighting collection for Leucos will include two pendants, two wall sconces and two table lamps: one large and one small. Set to make its debut this fall, the new pieces show off her signature style and are inspired by organic forms with soft curves like those of the human body.
The lights first came to life as cutout models, a free-hand technique typical of much of Zeisel’s work. Still in its development stage, the designs are currently in the hands of Leucos’ glassblowing masters and its skilled Design department. Using the time-honored tradition of handcrafted Murano glass, they will transform Zeisel’s initial 2-D sketches to three-dimensional light fixtures. Her soft, sensuous design aesthetic, the result of many years spent molding clay and influenced by her early training during the Bauhaus movement, is sure to shine brightly in her six new lights. According to Zeisel, “Whatever I design should feel pleasant to the touch. It should attract the hand as well as the eye. These new glass fixtures fit the mold.” In keeping with her purist passion, the lights will be available in a smooth, glossy white surface as well as natural earth tones. The line will include a shade-less table lamp and glowing, rounded pendants.
With this collection, Eva Zeisel joins an impressive list of Leucos luminaries. In the last half-century, the Italian lighting brand has collaborated with sixteen leading international designers, the likes of which include: Matteo Thun, Jorge Pensi, Danilo De Rossi and David Rockwell. At 104 years of age, Zeisel’s contributions to the world of design well prove her legendary status. Throughout her career, she has worked with companies such as General Mills, Rosenthal China, Castleton China, Chantal, Nambe, Mancioli ceramics and Royal Stafford. A true pioneer, Zeisel taught one of the first courses in industrial design at the Pratt Institute in New York. In 1946, Zeisel had the first one-woman show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2005, Zeisel was awarded the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement. Zeisel’s works are in the permanent collections of Bröhan Museum, Germany; the British Museum; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Musée des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Knoxville Museum of Art and the Brooklyn, Metropolitan, Dallas, and Milwaukee museums.
The new Eva Zeisel collection for Leucos will be available in incandescent, fluorescent or LED light sources. Suitable for residential and commercial use, the line will officially hit the market in the fall of 2011.