table lamp / contemporary / blown glass / leather
XI by Neri & Hu
blown glass, leather
In Chinese Xi means "light of dawn", but also "in praise of wisdom". And when the lamps designed by Neri & Hu are illuminated, their soft, full light evokes the early morning sunlight. The project aims to convey a culture of light based on the awareness that the start of any day is like the beginning of life, infused with positivity and a sense of rebirth.
The Xi lamps made of blown glass and saddle-leather are lulled by space, like lanterns: a mysterious and suggestive presence. This light and essential contemporary design combines traditions of an eastern flavour with the leather culture of Poltrona Frau and skilful Venetian masters’ art of blown glass.
The Xi collection consists of two hanging lamps, one small and one large, and a table lamp.
The luminaire emanates pure lines and a delicate contrast of materials, bringing together two elements in blown glass. The upper glass has a particular evenly ridged surface and is transparent in shades amber, emerald, sapphire or moon stone. The lower glass is etched with a pearl finish, for a warm and diffused light.
In the hanging version, a band of Cuoio Saddle Extra leather hugs the luminaire and supports it like a trapezoid or a delicate lantern.
The lamps are installed on a suspended horizontal bar, which is adjustable in height. The track structure of the bar makes it possible to move the lamps horizontally and fix them in the desired position.