Rotaliana Cloud Pendant Lamp

Designer: Toyo Ito
Rotaliana Cloud Pendant Lamp
Designer: Toyo Ito
Ito's architecture projects are in pursuit of the boundaries between what's real and what's virtual: they are light, flexible, and...more
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Ito's architecture projects are in pursuit of the boundaries between what's real and what's virtual: they are light, flexible, and dematerialised. There is something immaterial about lamps as well: light itself.

They are objects in which the luminous performance and the shape of the device itself, the material and light must be astutely balanced.

Cloud is made of 5 thin acrylic sheets, piled one on top of the other, and cut in an amoebic shape. The holes in the sheets create an empty space, which is where the luminous source is hosted. Cloud is a light suspension lamp, both physically and visually.

The shape of the sheets, their stratification, and the discontinuity of the material in the concentric empty spaces evoke the transparency, immateriality and permanently changing aspect of clouds: it is a pursuit for a new model of "fluid" physicality.

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H2   Width 51 cm (20.1″)
        Length 54 cm (21.3″)
        Height 9 cm (3.5″)
        Max height 180 cm (70.9″)

H1   Width 78 cm (30.7″)
        Length 82 cm (32.3″)
        Height 10.5 cm (4.1″)
        Max height 180 cm (70.9″)


Light bulb H2  1 x E27 max 21W FBGm (not included)
Light bulb H1  1 x E27 max 30W FBGm (not included)


Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito
Toyo Ito was born in 1941. He graduated in architecture from Tokyo University in 1965. In 1965-69 he worked for the firm run by Kiyonori Kikutake, a member of the Metabolism group. In 1971 he opened his own practice in Tokyo, called, until 1979, Urban Robot (urbot) and subsequently Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects. An Honorary Professor of the University of North London, he has taught at Columbia University in New York (1991-92 and 1994-95), at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam (1992) and at Harvard University (1994-95 and 1995-96). His work has been shown at numerous personal and collective exhibitions and he has participated in various major international competitions, including those for the Maison de la Culture du Japon in Paris (1990), for the Library of the University of Paris (1992), the extension to the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1997) and the Centro per le Arti Contemporanee in Rome (1999). Awards won include: the prize of the Institute of Japanese Architecture for the Silver Hut (1986); the City of Kumamoto Award for the Yatsushiro Museum (1991) and the Yatsushiro Fire Station (1996); the Interarch Award (1997) and the Gold Medal of the Union of Architects of Bulgaria (1997); the Arnold W. Brunner Award presented by the American Academy of Fine Arts (2000); the World Architecture Award East Asia for the Sendai Mediathèque (2002). Major recent works include: the Health Future installation at the Expo 2000 in Hanover; the Sendai Mediathèque (1997-2001); an aluminium pavilion in Bruges, Belgium (2000-02). Projects now under way include: the Cognacq-Jay Hospital in Paris; the M-Hall at Matsumoto, Nagano; the Mahler 4 office tower in Amsterdam.
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