Design provenance is at the core of this collaboration. Alberto Meda has built his design reputation on projects with Alfa Romeo, Philips, Olivetti, Kartell, Vitra and Alessi. He has won the Academy Award of design, the Compasso d’oro, numerous times, and his work can be found in permanent collections at MoMA in New York and the Museum of Modern Art of Toyama in Japan. While his son Francesco has established his career with names including Sebastian Bergne and Ross Lovegrove, while balancing art projects with galleries including Nilufar and Rossana Orlandi in Milan, Hong Kong’s Schoeni Art Gallery and Mint Gallery in London.
Alberto and Francesco Meda's first project together for Kartell, the Aledin is a double up between the needs of home and office. Aledin Tec has a direct luminous beam, while Dec has a faceted decorative cone-shaped diffuser that throws a wider and more atmospheric light than the task approach of Tec.
With adjustable, articulating arms made of colourful polycarbonate enclosing two aluminium rods, each function as a conductor in place of traditional wires. From a technology perspective, Aledin's LED class 3 fixture has a high-performing luminosity (600 lm) that enables savings in energy consumption thanks to its latest generation 5.6 W LED lamp bulbs.
As Kartell continues to expand its design collection, lighting represents an important sector for the group and an area of experimentation with sophisticated technologies and innovative manufacturing – so stay tuned.