milan: urbem

© michael franke

it's that time of the year again that the planet's design community descends upon milan to showcase its finest, newest and most advanced. one of the participating creatives in this year's edition of the salone del mobile is christopher jenner. the london-based designer will present the so-called urbem collection of eight light fixtures in a visually arresting installation at area sciesa. the lamp designs take cues from the late 19th century milanese street lighting, and jenner employs the era’s profound industrial and technological ambition to devise an emotive collection of contemporary lighting. the designs measure 400mm x 600mm and are crafted from handmade triple layered opal with glass shades. each model features a crafted chain which integrates the power source with design, a hand crafted aesthetic married which fulfils modern-day requirements. the installation aims to project the effects of an ever-changing electrical storm, presenting the urbem collection in a visually immersive display through the use of wireless led and a reflective stainless steel vortex [on through apr 13]. location: area sciesa, via amatore sciesa 3 [porta vittoria].

© michael franke