Leonardo 1482 wins GOLD

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Leonardo 1482 Wins Gold

2018 International Design Awards – GOLD

The Da Vinci Collection Leonardo 1482 is based on the premise of using modern technology to create an original avant-garde suite of luminaires that accurately portray the spirit of what Leonardo was doing in the 16th century. The objective was to reflect the mechanics of Da Vinci, and his approach in magnifying and projecting light. In the fashion of Leonardo da Vinci, the theme revolves around machine gears, and magnifiers to direct the light onto mirrors. Eight wheels with cogs, move simultaneously, via a pull on the brass chain to redirect the light onto the wall or floor.

The Leonardo 1482 wins Gold in the Illuminations Chandelier category of the 12th International Design Awards Competition.

The Da Vinci collection is inspired by one question: If Leonardo, the great Renaissancian, were alive today, how would he incorporate 21st Century technology into his designs? This has been the inspiration and guide in creating this handcrafted light. The Leonardo 1482 poetically resembles a rising sun, borrowing heavily from Renaissance-era mechanics, and is appropriately named for the year Leonardo da Vinci began designing and developing his inventions.
The Leonardo 1482 is like nothing ever seen. It is an interactive light. The light is part machine and part light fixture. The light source is directed onto magnifiers to intensify the light. The light is then directed onto the mirrors. A simple pull on the chain causes eight wheels with cogs to move simultaneously to change the direction of the light from the wall or onto the floor.
The Da Vinci Collection Leonardo 1482 is based on the premise of using modern technology to create an original avant-garde suite of luminaires that accurately portray the spirit of what Leonardo was doing in the 16th century. The objective was to reflect the mechanics of Da Vinci, and his approach in magnifying and projecting light. In the fashion of Leonardo da Vinci, the theme revolves around machine gears, and magnifiers to direct the light onto mirrors.
Using the latest in lighting, machining, and metalwork technology the light brings the Renaissance back to life in avant-garde form.
Honoring the Italian Renaissance required months of historical research, followed by extensive prototyping and development. The light is like nothing ever seen. It reflects the old age, but uses modern technology. The same way Leonardo used magnifiers and mirrors to project candlelight, we’re projecting an energy efficient led light through a magnifier, onto a mirror, and then transferring it onto the wall or the floor. The methodology is identical. The technology five hundred years apart
The gears we made for the light were like those from Leonardo’s day. They are wheels with cogs. Unlike modern day gears that mesh properly, these had to be worked and reworked to achieve the proper mesh to prevent excessive back lash, or binding.
The finishing was another challenge. We were able to source specialized solutions to antique the aluminum to give the appearance of old age iron. The genuine brass components were also patinated to result in a warm antique brass finish. The end result was perfect to reflect the 16th century Renaissance epoch.