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Giopato & Coombes

create dramatic, sculptural lighting that fuse the skills of Italian artisans with the latest technological developments

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.

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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.

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