Cristiana Giopato and Christopher Coombes are the Italian/English couple behind Giopato & Coombes. Their design studio works across product, graphics, architecture and interiors. The cross pollination of these ideas often informs their lighting designs.
The duo have built up a network of Italian artisans whose craft skills play a key role in producing each design. An early example is the Bolle Chandelier; a series of delicate hand-blown bubbles illuminated by soft spot leds. Each 'bubble' is hand-blown in the Veneto region giving exceptionally precise results.
The Gioielli Wall light builds on the use of hand-blown forms by adding metalwork techniques traditionally found in jewellery making. Their Cirque pendant nods to Art Deco but pushes the latest technological developments in lighting to their limit; enabling the use of almost infinite configurations of lit rings.
Viaduct has worked closely with Giopato and Coombes since their launch, and recently collaborated with the duo as part of our 'Punctuating Space' exhibition for LDF 2017.