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Tuareg’ by Ferruccio Laviani, 2013. Art Photo by Tommaso Sartori, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

Shadow, balance, rhythm, lightness, freedom, warmth, chaos and fire: just some of the words that have been poetically redefined through the beautiful light-portraiture photography of the latest ‘RITRATTI’ catalogue by Italian light manufacturer Foscarini (founded on Murano Island in Venice, Italy, in 1981 and now run by designer Carlo Urbinati). More coffee-table book than commercial catalogue, the creative project RITRATTI (the word means ‘portraits’ in Italian) was presented to a selected group of journalists at the end of March 2015 in Venice, Italy.

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‘Allegro’ by Atelier Oï, 2007. Photo by Tommaso Sartori, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Caboche’ by Patricia Urquiola with Eliana Gerotto, 2005. Photo by Tommaso Sartori, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

But first, let me take you a back in time, to 2010 to be exact, the year that another Foscarini project was born. NamedINVENTARIO — a bookzine edited by Italian author and architect Beppe Finessi, art directed by Artemio Croatto/Designwork and published by Corraini Edizioni, its objective was not only to put ideas into order but to relayFoscarini’s values.  Ιf you’ve ever had the chance to get your hands on an a copy of INVENTARIO (you can order it fromhere), it’s easy to see why it recently won the 2014 ADI Compasso d’Oro Award, one of the most prestigious design awards in the world.

The abovementioned ‘killer team’ was recruited once again with the objective of creating a new Foscarini catalogue, an idea that was conceived a year ago when Carlo Urbinati, Foscarini’s founder, decided that the company needed a change, a new beginning. This signified the start of a creative process that delved into imagining what Foscariniwould look like if it was born today, mainly through revisiting the company’s archives. The result: the RITRATTI book, a photographic project that interprets the many souls of Foscarini lamps, as they are captured lit in different environments, beautifully exposing their forms and light spectrum. At this point allow me to recall the neon tubes by Maurizio Nannucciinstalled in the Peggy Guggenheim Museum’s garden in Venice, since I believe they perfectly sum up Carlo Urbinati’s vision:

”Changing Place, Changing Time, Changing Thoughts, Changing Future”.

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‘Twiggy’ by Marc Sadler, 2006. Photo by Andrea Ferrari, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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Book spread ‘Libertà’, text by Giulio Iacchetti for Ritratti-volume 1, © Foscarini.

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‘Twiggy’ by Marc Sadler, 2006 and ‘Tuareg’ by Ferruccio Laviani, 2013. Photo by Andrea Ferrari, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Twiggy’ by Marc Sadler, 2006 and ‘Binik’ by Ionna Vautrin, 2010. Photo by Andrea Ferrari, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

And speaking of change, this brilliant catalogue — which was shot in five different palazzos in Rimini, Vicenza,Thiene, Verona and Milano as well as inside the Arsenale di Venezia — depicts an aspect of Foscarini which has been hidden in the shadows until now… The catalogue of course owes much of its success to the impeccable style direction of architect Elisa Ossino and the talent of interior photography masters Tommaso Sartori, Andrea Ferrari andKasia Gatkowska. In a text contained in the RITRATTI book, contributor Attilio Stocchi states that ‘‘carrying your shadow with you is the most beautiful voyage’’ a shadow which for Foscarini, is of course none other than their venerable 30 years of experience, innovation and great design.

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‘Aplomb’ by Paolo Lucidi and Luca Pevere, 2010. Photo by Kasia Gatkowska, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Uto’ by Lagranja Design, 2005. Photo by Tommaso Sartori, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Gregg outdoor terra’ by L+R Palomba, 2011. Photo by Tommaso Sartori, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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Book spread ‘Ombra’, text by Attilio Stocchi for Ritratti-volume 1, © Foscarini.

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‘Uto’ by Lagranja Design, 2005. Photo by Tommaso Sartori, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Rituals’ by L+R Palomba, 2012. Photo by Kasia Gatkowska, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Le Soleil’ by Vicente Garcia Jimenez, 2009. Photo by Kasia Gatkowska, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Rituals’ by L+R Palomba, 2013. Photo by Kasia Gatkowska, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Caiigo’ by Marco Zito, 2015. Photo by Kasia Gatkowska, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Fields’ by Vicente Garcia Jimenez, 2007. Photo by Andrea Ferrari, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Fields’ by Vicente Garcia Jimenez, 2007. Photo by Andrea Ferrari, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Chouchin’ by Ioanna Vautrin, 2011. Photo by Kasia Gatkowska, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Twiggy’ by Marc Sadler, 2006. Photo by Kasia Gatkowska, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Solar outdoor’ by L+R Palomba, 2011. Photo by Tommaso Sartori, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Havana’ by Joseph Forakis, 1993. Photo by Tommaso Sartori, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Anisha’ by Studio Lievore Altherr Molina, 2011. Photo by Andrea Ferrari, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.

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‘Lightweight’ by Tom Dixon, 1995. Photo by Andrea Ferrari, © Foscarini, RITRATTI-volume 1.