The role of light and its spatial significance is among the most frequently addressed topics ever in the history of design and architecture. Light can be natural or artificial, direct or indirect, it can perform a practical function such as breaking the darkness or a more poetic one, creating spatial dimensions through sign and color.
The latter case is the approach followed by Mandalaki, a studio founded in 2012 by Enrico De Lotto, George Kolliopoulos and Giovanni Senin. The Milanese art and design studio creates works that seek almost artisanal essentiality, which conceals great research in terms of technology and design, as in the case of the project related to light and called Halo Edition.
Light is no longer just illumination, it is primarily a graphic sign in the landscape that opens up new points of observation, a yet-to-be-discovered cosmic space that puts before the eye the possibility of amplifying the dimensions of its surroundings.
Mandalaki’s circles of light appear as sources of new energy, arising, however, from a source that is in many cases hidden or slender, capable of projecting colors that blur with precision, in a sense of complete artistic balance and harmony.
Mandalaki’s work also extends to the design of living spaces. Of note is Monocabin, the prefabricated unit that stands as a livable and self-sufficient design object, an example of which can be seen in Rhodes, Greece.
Mandalaki was one of the protagonists during the last Milan Design Week. The studio created the light installation of the exhibition “one with nature – twenty years of Vibram FiveFingers” bringing the atmospheres of nature to the Tortona district. You can follow all the projects on Instagram or at the studio’s official website.