Calipso is a wall and ceiling lamp - high tech lighting generated from a forgotten, vintage algorithm.
The unique honeycomb grill of Calipso was generated by feeding a photo of the moon into an image-based algorithm found on a seemingly extinct computer. The resulting fractal shape, an impure geometry that displays the irregular beauty of nature, is built from an organic honeycomb of different diameter tubes, seemingly arranged in a random geometry. This honeycomb characterizes the lamp both aesthetically and optically - not only is it visually pleasing, but it also provides an even and comfortable light emission.
The result is a highly emotional lighting object that joins together optical and aesthetic intelligence.
A product positioned perfectly half-way between home and professional use, Calipso is suited to a variety of applications - expressing Artemide's traditional approach to deliver high performance lighting with a unique and emotional expressiveness.
Available September/October 2017. Approx €800
About Neil Poulton
Neil Poulton is a Scottish designer who lives & works in Paris France.
Poulton has won numerous international design awards - including this year's Silver ePDA prize for the Artemide "Scopas" suspension lamp - his work is included in the Beaubourg museum's permanent collection in Paris - his "Rugged" hard drive, designed for LaCie, has sold over 4.7 million units.
For over 25 years, Neil Poulton has been designing simple, mass-produced objects, some of which are probably already in your own home.
Artemide, one of the global leaders of the residential illumination sector, is synonymous with design, innovation and Made in Italy.
Founded in 1960 and situated at Pregnana Milanese, the Artemide Group is renowned for its lighting products which marry cutting-edge research with high-quality manufacturing.
Artemide lamps are considered internationally to be icons of contemporary design; they are exhibited in most major museums of modern art and in countless design collections across the globe.
In 1994 Artemide received The "Compaso D'oro" career Award, the European Design Prize in 1997 and the “Leonardo italian Quality Prize” in 2012.