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The merger of art and technique: this is Tablò

How can glass blend with laminated wood in the same object? Mauro Olivieri, ABET LAMINATI and Vistosi's Studio Tecnico have found an unprecedented and clever answer to this question: Tablò. Screws? None at all.

Laminated wood: the key-collaboration with ABET LAMINATI

Such a creation is, indeed, original because of two techniques: glass-blowing and the process by which the glass shape is fixed in the wood. Both stages are extremely complex and have required a long and thorough analysis, in order to eventually produce this lamp: for the first time, laminated wood itself becomes part of the lighting structure.

The pure glass form is therefore preserved, since the fixing has completely freed itself from screws, which would cast unwanted shadows, thus hindering the otherwise significant light flow of this lamp.

All of this is made possible by the collaboration with ABET LAMINATI, a company located in Bra (Cuneo) and producing decorative laminates. It first started at the end of the 1950s, but has always showed an avant-garde attitude which has lead to partnerships with first-class designers from all over the world, thus contributing to the widespread of Italian quality products abroad. The objects it creates are characterised by textures which can spark curiosity and emotions. Just as in its customization of Tablò.

The finishes drawn by Mauro Olivieri, indeed, help creating the uniqueness of this laminate: the tobacco lines on a light-blue field, as well as the wholly white and wholly tobacco versions, add a touch of colour and of personality to this decorative lighting element. Without reducing the clearness of the other protagonist of Tablò: glass.

A complex glass-working tehnique: the charm of imperfection

A long-shaped, irregular and winding glass is not easily made. But that's not an impossible mission: it's this lamp's complex cut that enhances its value. And its imperfection is the key to understand not only the originality of each Tablò, but the source of its inspiration, too.

The curvy outline of Tablò's glass element is, indeed, inspired by the feminine and masculine character, which chase each other and finally meet in its wavelike lines. A sort of reminder of works such as Canova's Psyche revived by Cupid's kiss. Tablò, as well as other works by the designer Mauro Olivieri, is therefore surely a functional object. But it is a sculpture, too.

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