Italy is famous for its talented designers. If you are interested in design you might have stumpled upon the name “Slamp”. When talking about Slamp, one talks about extraordinary designs, bold decisions and quality that is unrivaled.
The history of Slamp began with a pragmatic design – the “Tube”.
Over the years with the help of famous international designers such as Mendini, Cibic, Dalisi, Garro and Munari, a series of daring, innovative forms and collections were created with Slamp’s patented materials. At the same time this is also the challenge for all designers who worked together with Slamp: to accept no boundaries and create a new shape and size out of a flat 2D polymer sheet.
And this is supposed to make light, cast calculated shadows or create reflections unlike any other lamp before. The consequence for this perfection in design and planning is obvious: every lamp is handmade in Italy.
Intention and goal was to create something really new in the Italian design arena.SLAMP was founded by Roberto Ziliani (CEO Slamp) in 1994. Using the advantages of industrial production but still creating detail-crafted fixtures in hand-made perfection with new materials. Since then growth has never stopped. It actually placed the foundation to reinterpret the patented 2D polymer material repeatedly, modify it and re-implement it. Slamp has thus become one of the providers of decorative, unique and exclusive design lighting and a success story not only on the European market.
According to Roberto Ziliani the success of Slamp is based on the fact that the team never stopped decrypting the DNA of the source material. His ability to constantly experiment and to trust his instincts helped him create futuristic engineering solutions. Again and again the CEO told his designers team not to accept any boundaries, to remain visionary and passionate and to surpass each new product.
With its keen sense Slamp meets the latest trends with its decorative design lights reflecting the architectural and artistic developments in the world.
Like a composition they transform virtuoso individual components into luminous designer pieces. Seemingly playful the design team captures the identity of Slamp in each product. An amazing achievement. Slamp lights can be recognized by their design.
Important for good design is the selection of the patented base material, the effect of light interacting with this material, the shape and arrangement of the elements and the packaging. Exotic names of the patented materials and finishes such as plainflex, goldflex, copperflex, lentiflex or steelflex let you guess which effects and advantages are hidden behind it. Goldflex for example promises not only a touch of luxury but also a gold color that does not fade. The craftsmanship perfection with which the fixtures are produced is truly amazing.
An outstanding feature of Slamp lights is that they are very light compared to other similarly dimensioned lighting objects. Also a reason why interior designers like Slamp: easily installable, almost maintenance-free and an extraordinary design. The design label operates worldwide.
There is also a team of architects who design tailor-made solutions for the presentation of slamp products in objects such as museums, hotels and congress centers or shops.
The following are the milestones in the history of Slamp:
1993 – The first collection with the patented material Opalflex® was created. A mixture of polymers and glass crystals, unbreakable, light, flexible and versatile. Various color shades can be realized by screen printing.
1994 followed 12 works of graphic art for the slamp tube made by 3 artists: Cini Di Pianzano, Ghelli and Marchetti. Art is and remains a cornerstone of the label, which has been introduced in various projects over the years.
2002 – 2005 – Slamp designs reinterpretations of the Tube with a three-dimensional system. From the first of many encounters with the architect Nigel Coates and the first collaboration for the Swarovski Crystal Palace, Slamp continues to move towards 3D forms: the SLAMPVille catalog is published, Ginetta, Fiorella and Medusa are born.
2007 – Nigel Coates becomes the art director of the company and creates with Roberto Ziliani a young, motivated work team based on a new value system. At the international fair, Slamp presents a new look: a dynamic performance that brings creations onto a light stage. The lamps Cactus, Girafiore, Goccia, Atlante and Crazy Diamond are highlights from this time.
2010 – Adriano Rachele, a young Ziliani-sponsored design talent designs the Veli collection. A bestseller of the company. In 2012 “Veli” wins the Red Dot Design Award. Mille Bolle, Woody, Faretto and Chapeau are introduced.
2013 – At the Euroluce Milan 7 collections including the new lamps Aria and Avia of the architect and designer Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) celebrate their world premiere. They will later be installed at the DAC in Copenhagen, the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul. The work of Zaha Hadid stands for movement and for flowing forms. This can clearly be seen with the projects Aria and Avia. One year after launch the Avia collection from Zaha Hadid gets selected by the ADI Design Index, the first step towards Compasso D’Oro.
2014 – Zanini de Zanine designed the “Flora” lamp. The inspiration came from a plant that grows in similar forms in Brazil. At the same time it is light, filigree, compact and functional. Its shadow and reflection game fascinates. A lamp for the house, as well as for objects.
2015 Slamp presents the next novelties at the Euroluce including designs and collections by Doriana + Massimiliano Fuksas (Chantal + Charlotte), Elisa Giovannoni and Lorenza Bozzoli. A transparent version of Zaha Hadid’s Aria also sees the light of day.
2016 – The visionary, avant-garde designer Robert Wilson designs the light sculpture “La Traviata” for Slamp. An extraordinary imposing light sculpture. Not least because of its almost floating structure and indirect light effects. A successful overall composition consisting of clear structures, a refined arrangement and convincing light properties which will surely find its way into many objects.
We’re thrilled to see what this young team is going to present next. One thing is for certain: Slamp is already a design brand. Slamp lamps convince by their good design, passionate development, perfected production and fascinating light.
Do you own a SLAMP lamp or which of the many designs is your personal favorite?
Write us in the comments what inspires you looking at these designs. We are fans of the Veli as ceiling light, the flora in all variations and the new Aria in gold!