The father of Artemide, Ernesto Gismondi propelled his involvement in the Memphis Design movement into profoundly revolutionizing the field of lighting design in both Italy and the world. Born on Christmas Day, Gismondi began his career as an Aeronautical Engineer. Bringing industrial concepts, materials and finishes into lighting designs for both domestic and public space underlines Gismondi’s adherence to meaningful innovation. Recognizing his international contributions to the field of lighting manufacture, he was awarded a Compasso d’Oro lifetime achievement award in 1995.
“To find out how to produce such a thin and light ring we turned to bicycle manufacturers, and the result was this very light luminous profile and an almost invisible lamp.” – Ernesto Gismondi
Discovery is a family of appliances based on minimal geometry. A very light aluminum ring houses an LED strip that injects light into a specially worked surface of transparent PMMA.
The diffuser is composed of a perfectly transparent PMMA surface, processed with micro particles so small that the surface is hardly perceptible when the appliance is turned off.
When the appliance is turned on, the transparent interior appears to fill with light as if by magic, as absence is turned into a perfectly diffusing emitting surface.
This unique result is obtained through Discovery’s direct and indirect emissions, which produce an embracing and uniform light. Their geometry and layout are calculated to obtain constant emission throughout the surface.
Discovery is an unprecedented development of a well-known optical principle, conveyed through the controlled interaction with matter and a focus on its yield and perceptive qualities.
Available in wall & suspension.
-Aluminum LED ring.
-Transparent PMMA diffuser.
LED strip injects light into a clear PMMA surface.