Established in Germany by Portuguese industrial designer, Rodrigo Vairinhos, NEO Studios is returning to this year’s Downtown Design fair in Dubai to introduce Smoke, its latest collection of suspension lamps.
A flat vertical ceramic suspension lamp, Smoke by Neo is the latest trendsetter in the lighting industry. An elegant lighting solution, Vairinhos imagined a minimal piece, with a precise functionality that would not only illuminate any space but provide as a canvas for originally designed graphics. Centered in the fixture, the smoke cloud supported by a well-designed silhouette creates a distinct and mystical illusion of smoke around the lighting source, setting it apart from any other lighting installation.
Last year, Varinhos presented the Organic collection, which is the by-product of a fusion of two organic materials: cork and ceramic. Cork leather is draped over a glazed ceramic shell, giving the piece its unique expression and movement. The ultimate highlight, the Organic Lamp, is full of texture and depth that inspires a sense of touch and gives the interiors a warm, bright light.
Presented at Downtown Design 2016, the Corky Lips is another successful project created by Vairinhos. Inspired by the “eco-friendly” conscience, the design aims to focus on emphasising the importance of recyclable materials. Made out of essentially two materials- recycled foam and cork leather- reinforce the notion of “green living”. The project manufacturing process produces a near zero waste stream and results in no toxic emissions. The carefully chosen materials and the extravagant visual appearance of the seat deliver an exciting experience for the body and mind.
Paying its tribute to the Arabian culture, the Lovers collection is a harmonious set of three individual designs. Playing with the immense possibilities of geometry and symbolizing the Arabian Character, the lighting structures take on their own personality, ‘like a man wearing a kandura or a woman wearing an abaya’. The collection of pendant lamps look like hanging three dimensional pictograms or icons that were brought to life in order to portray a love triangle or a love affair.