Lodes introduces Flar, by Patrick Norguet
Contemporary Italian lighting brand Lodes has joined forces with multidisciplinary French designer Patrick Norguet to release Flar, a minimal yet sculptural floor and table lamp. The name Flar evokes images of a flare or ‘flamboiement’ in French – an intense blaze or burst of light. Inspired by traditional storm lanterns which use glass pipes to protect the flame, Flar features a billowing glass shade designed to surround an LED filament bulb to magnify the light source and diffuse a warm, vibrating glow.
Flar demonstrates a masterful combination of Lodes’ iconic materials, metal and glass. The lamp comprises a steel base which opens like a flower, leading to a charmingly imperfectly moulded glass shade. The contrast between the precise 3D laser cut base and the uniqueness of the blown glass bubble illustrates the exceptional craftsmanship and skill at the heart of Lodes’ DNA. Mouth-blown and tinted, Flar serves as a captivating decorative object even when switched off. The glass shade is available in honey and turquoise whilst the base comes in champagne and terra, combined according to personal taste. Additionally, Flar features a dimmer controlled with the cable mounted power switch, allowing users to modulate the intensity of the light to create their ideal lighting scheme.
Available in two sizes, 45cm and 60cm, the Flar collection suits different uses such as on a low console table or next to a sofa. Together, the two sizes offer an opportunity to play with scale to create a unique composition for a hotel lounge or retail space.
Highly impactful in its simplicity, Flar perfectly exemplifies Lodes’ commitment to balancing heritage with accessible and contemporary design.
Patrick Norguet approaches objects and design from a graphical perspective. Since childhood, he has preferred sketchbooks to textbooks, filling them up with sketches and drawings. A “hands-on” approach of industry and design studies in Paris (ESDI) mark the unusual profile of this constructive rebel. His career underwent a dramatic change in 2000 when Giulio Cappellini spotted his now famous Rainbow Chair. He joined the circle of designers that matter and created his Parisian studio. Since that time, he has been designing for major producers and renowned brands. For Patrick Norguet, design is first and foremost about happy encounters. What he is most passionate about is exchanging with manufacturers, discovering their know-how; the impulse of a creative intention refined by technical constraints, economic stakes and the expectations of a user whom he hopes to discreetly but durably win over.
Drawing inspiration from everything that surrounds him, Patrick Norguet does not follow trends but seeks to give shape to products whose relevance and modernity would withstand the test of time: “A well-designed object, an object created through generous collaboration is timeless.” From consumer products to luxury objects, Patrick Norguet leaves an impression of authenticity and elegance. Today, he is an essential figure on the international design scene.