Lume by Alessandro Zambelli for Bosa: light as your beneficent travelling companion.

The fabled brilliance of the night of St. Lucia; the awesome spectacle of San Lorenzo, night of the shooting stars; the power of the magic lamp in the Arabian Nights; and the hypnotic gleam of the pearl earring in the painting by Vermeer: all are celebrations of light. With its innate splendour, wonder and expectation, light has the power to alter space. It takes us by surprise and fires the imagination. Light, indeed, is the glowing heart of “Lume,” the new design by Alessandro Zambelli for Bosa.

Lume is a small but luminous portable lantern conceived as a good luck gift for the most important people in our lives. It is a ‘travelling companion,’ symbolising closeness and affection. Its beneficent presence illumines and brightens every moment of the day. Lume forms part of Bosa’s new collection “Non ti scordar di me” – forget me not – presented at the preview of Maison et Objet in Paris. It also marks the start of designer Zambelli’s co-operation with the Treviso-based company.

Lume consists of a small cylindrical base serving as a candle holder, topped by a sweeping parabola on which the entire design hinges. The look is quite specific: in fact it is a conscious tribute to the old-style bicycle lamp. The parabola protects the sliver of light and, at the same time, projects it in one direction. At the back, Lume features an equally singular detail: inspired by the buttons on the old, gas-fired cigarette lighters, the a handle allows the lantern to be moved while lit, as well as when extinguished.

This small, ceramic lantern is hand-made with a white enamel finish. Alternative colours are coral pink and pistachio green. Both colour versions are embellished with the glint of a rose gold finish, which picks out the lantern’s handle and runs round the inside of the surrounding parabola.