Portuguese designer Luís Nascimento states that much of his inspiration comes from arts and crafts. His projects have multidisciplinary approaches. That’s certainly the case with this one, which involves fabric, ceramics and architecture.
(Nascimento’s) work flows from products (to) graphic design to art direction and attempts to give form to meaning and arouse both emotion and curiosity.
He believes that a project’s well understanding is essential as the premise to good design, which is achieved through a constant research and dialogue with his partners, building engaging experiences and developing collaboration with creative individuals, structures and clients with different backgrounds.
The sketches for his “Roof” lamps could pass for architectural drawings at a glance. Using fabric, Nascimento evoked the look of missionary tiles that adorn the pitched roofs of neighborhoods in Portugal. These felt constructions would also pass for the real thing at a glance.
The designer states that he was inspired by the “breathtaking” views of Portuguese cities. From the right perspective, one can see these roofs cascading down a hillside. This architectural feature, most commonly found in the historic districts, are the “result of a complex urbanism,” according to Nascimento. They come in many forms, but most take the shape of inclined planes made of ceramic tile.
The playful design has an interior body made of bent metal sheets. The metal is covered with Burel felt, stitched in such a way to evoke tiles. In addition to playing with material in unexpected ways, the lamps also change the context of feelings one associates with architecture. Nascimento said he wanted the lamps to recreate the feeling of comfort and protection roofs bring to buildings, only this feeling is brought inside the home.
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