Catellani & Smith
“When I create a lamp, I always start off with a prototype;
my laboratory is a workshop where I continually accumulate materials, components and objects of all different kinds;
and this is where everything was born… I assemble, weld, bend, shape… I need to feel the materials, to see how they play with light.
In this initial stage there is no real design, the idea must take shape immediately, becoming an object.
Only at this point do I move on to the traditional design phase: feasibility, technical characteristics and much more;
it’s an idea of light, and the desire to tell about it, which guides me through the construction.
I believe that this process can be felt in products by Catellani & Smith.
A large part of my production is made up by pieces that require a great amount of craftsmanship:
it’s the hand of the craftsman that builds them, his manual work that creates the imperfection, making a truly unique object.”