Maker Monday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Luca Nichetto

Nichetto’s ‘Easy Peasy’ collection for Lodes is available in four color combinations, each composed of a body and a pommel. The playful lamps replicate the uncomplicated form of dolls.

After opening studios in two major international design hubs (one in Italy, the other in Sweden) designer Luca Nichetto has made a global impact via his interpretations of product design, interior design, and architecture. His recognition for his unique design capabilities has allowed Nichetto to take on revolutionary clients such as Artifort, Hermes, Tacchini, and most recently, Lodes. Under his new collection and role as the Design Curator of Ventian brand, Lodes, you can see his charismatic, unmistakable, and prismatic take on the pieces that merge the Scandinavian and Italian culture into one fluid design. Introducing this week’s Maker Monday, Luca Nichetto.

Delicately hanging above is “The Jefferson” suspension lamp designed by Nichetto. It was inspired by the music and iconic images featured in psychedelic artwork from the 1960s. There is a movement shared throughout the light fixture that comes from the embellished Bohemian crystal, allowing for light to diffuse around the space.

Andrew Joseph: If you had a superpower what would it be?
Luca Nichetto: To be invisible.

Andrew: If you weren’t a designer, you would be?
Luca: A retired basketball player.

Andrew: What is your favourite cocktail?
Luca: Spritz, no doubt. The Campari variation.

Andrew: What are the three things you can’t live without?
Luca: Watching football, having a good dinner and my family, naturally.

Here is a closer look into the details of Nichetto’s Jefferson collection for Lodes. The technique used for the Bohemian crystal imprints the playful and kaleidoscopic elements in the transparent medium.

Andrew: What makes you angry?
Luca: Incompetence.

Andrew: Best advice you would give your teenage self?
Luca: Don’t be impatient.

Andrew: If you had one more hour in the day what would you do with it?
Luca: Sleep!

About The Maker | Luca Nichetto founded a multidisciplinary design studio in Venice, Italy, which specialized in industrial design, product design and design consulting. From the very beginning, this studio collaborated with a number of different brands and organizations, quickly expanding its influence far beyond Venice and Italy’s borders.

Five years later, in 2011, Nichetto opened a second studio in Stockholm, Sweden. This practice was founded in response to an ever-growing number of requests for collaboration from international companies, with the studio’s work also broadening out from its initial focus on designed objects.

Nichetto Studio has since expanded into areas such as interior design and architecture. Today, Nichetto Studio works with a variety of brands and clients from all around the world, and its expertise is sought out across all design disciplines. He just designed the Jefferson Suspension Light for renowned Ventian brand, Lodes (recently rebranded from Studio Italia). As the brand’s Design Curator, Luca Nichetto’s Jefferson features an alluring crystal form that evokes the prismatic visuals of the late 60s counterculture along with its lyrical and artistic nature.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for aspire design and home magazine. See more of his work here.

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