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TULL lamp: industrial turns domestic
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His background is quite impressive: before opening his own studio in Pavia, he worked for 5 years for Odo Fioravanti in Milan and even, for a short time, for Jonathan Olivares in NYC. This is Tommaso Caldera, born in 1986, graduated in Industrial Design at Milan's Politecnico Uni to start an intense activity that made him competing for several design awards. Despite he got to work for his two design mentors, Caldera still feels at the beginning of his path, ready to learn as much as he can from any single project. One of his latest creations is TULL lamp, a reinterpretation of workshop lamps made of a metal “protective” net attached to the diffuser, to create an original item in terms of proportions and forms. Designed for Incipit, TULL lamp looks playful yet essential, also thanks to the color combinations available. Despite its apparent simplicity, it took almost 10 months to the designer to complete the piece, to be sure every component was perfected.
We reached Tommaso Caldera to ask him some questions about his design object.

What's the inspiration behind TULL lamp?
I wanted to take an industrial object to a domestic context by keeping the same materials and production process while working on form and language. I really like when each component of a deign object coexists and tells where the piece comes from.

Which is the ideal setting for this lamp?
I wanted to create a lamp suitable for not-industrial contexts, such as private homes or public places.

Which is your favorite material?
I don't have any, every material intrigues me, depending on what I'm working on. I've been using steel and aluminum lately and I've learned a lot about them.

Is it hard to be innovative within the current design field?
I think the hardest part is to accept that innovation is not for everyone, especially if you intend it as a quick, immediate change. I think it also depends on slow phases with just long-term consequences. Unfortunately, sometimes innovation is mistaken by designers.

INFO: www.tommasocaldera.eu

PHOTO COURTESY: Matteo Pastorio

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