- Article by Natalie Mortimer
A new lighting collection from Parachilna named Gémo showcases the centuries-honed glassblowing skills of the Venetians. Designed by Luca Nichetto, the lamp has a faceted shape and imprinted surface evoking a ball of yarn: hence its name Gémo, which means ‘yarn ball’ in the Venetian dialect.
The mouth-blown glass lighting collection offers a spin on the classic spherical diffuser. The distinctive shade has sculpted angles that give a faceted appearance and each section has linear grooves that accentuate the surface.
The dimmable light emphasises the intensity of fluting, which is made with the technique molatura (grinding) in which Venetian artisans engrave directly on the glass.
The collection includes a pendant, table lamps and floor lamp with matt-nickel or black-chrome supports produced in Barcelona.
Gémo fuses the visual language of Italy and Sweden – the two countries Nichetto calls home – and expresses the designer’s deep respect for craftsmanship in his work. “Living in a different country means I now look at Venice, my own city, with different eyes. And Venice has in many ways inspired me – the palazzi, the streets, the bridges – how they were created.”