Point, Line, Surface - ISPLORA

Trailer Point, Line, Surface

How can you capture a wave? Impalpable. Intense. Alive.
Pure energy hidden inside a seed, a drop, a grain of sand.
Aesthetic lightness narrated by a path, a track, a brushstroke.
Ephemeral material revealed on a veil, a painting, an architectural work.
A theme, a quest: a light. 

A feature film focusing on the complexity of light and its many forms, recounting an expressive language that gives substance to the ephemeral in the pursuit of continuous inspiration: tension toward a process of knowledge and evolution.  
The docufilm is the re-elaboration of a concept starting from its essence: a century after Mies Van Der Rohe’s Less is more, the evolution of minimalism gives rise to the tendency of design toward reduction, toward multiple solutions capable of interpreting contemporary needs.

Luminous bodies, gestures and compositional design choices, architects Andrea Piccolo of Studio MAAN, Francesca Maione and Francesca Coppola of Francesca Maione Architetto give voice to an interior design rich in detail and attention to the theme of artificial lighting. The case studies analyzed - including domestic spaces and spaces pertaining to the hotel business - show plays of light and approaches, exalting the third dimension: incidental light, in fact, generates very sharp contrasts between light and dark areas, determining the texture of volumes; zenithal light illuminates rooms, interiors or objects from above, creating a mild luminosity, while also characterized by evocative atmospheres; diffuse light favors the perception of objects with maximum clarity, where shadow and light tend to mix delicately; indirect light or backlighting for soft and welcoming reflections and backlight effects.

A point, a line, a surface: a light. 

A point, an unambiguous sign.
A light that emphasizes a moment in space, enhancing its shadows, highlighting the presence of an object, revealing the purity of a form. A punctual element of light that breaks down and multiplies, becoming the protagonist within the project created by studio MAAN and amplifying the perception of emptiness and double height of the living area.  An encounter that narrates the very moment when thought meets action, turning a vision into a project, into an object, as interesting as the author is able to think outside the box using imagination.
A point, the essence of a light bulb. An idea hanging by a thread, suspended in the air between light and shadow. 

A line, a path. 
The sign of a “groove of light” imprinted in space, the dynamic trace of an ever-changing point. A movement from one’s own unrepeatable personal perspective, narrating the stroke of a metal profile, an LED that does not disregard an ethical and moral component.
A line, a direction, the wall finally abandons the anonymity of a passive recipient. A gesture that underlines and highlights details within the hotel spaces created by the firm Francesca Maione Architetto.

The ability to explore new horizons by proposing alternative scenarios, new productions, the expression of the utmost quality, creating as much value as possible with fewer materials, considering light among the technologies that will disappear inside walls.
A surface, a space for action and experimentation. Two-dimensional elements that live on luminous cuts and new textures, chromatic and material perceptions. Decorations and green surfaces come alive thanks to a careful spatial design of interiors, among plays of light, backlighting and reflections. A continuous extension of its boundaries, landing on new technological and geographical territories. Materials and processes that show experimentation and research projected into the future, toward new material and perceptual solutions of Beauty, whose value is recognized.

Luminous bodies narrated by a man of action, Mario De Rosa, who embraces craft knowledge between culture, art and design (new craft), to give life to achievements free from the constraints of 20th century seriality, between innovation, 3D printers and new technologies, taking the material to the limit, to interpret concepts such as versatility and adaptability and think and act with the aim of conveying emotions, creating design objects that can communicate beyond their mere functional aspect, generating a relationship with future users.

“Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms; cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders or pyramids are the great primary forms which light reveals to advantage; the image of these is distinct and tangible within us without ambiguity.”
Le Corbusier

Learning objectives:

  • The talk examines the different forms of light, in its relationship with interior design in different contexts, from domestic and private space to the one defined by multiple levels of intimacy and proximity in hotels and B&Bs. Punctual, linear and surface light become subjects of study as a function of careful design with attention to detail as one of its main objectives.
  • Starting from the theoretical concepts of incidental light, zenithal light, diffuse light, indirect light and backlighting, we analyze the choices made in a domestic case study, a villa in the province of Naples by studio MAAN, in which different light fixtures dialogue within the various rooms, defining spatiality at different levels of intimacy.
  • The talk touches on and analyzes issues related to the crucial role of light within public space. In terms of functionality, a well-lit public space is safer, thus promoting its enjoyment by the community and the enhancement of the space itself. 
  • The talk delves into the implementation stages of a light fixture. From its concept, through the technical design of the parts that make up the device, to glass processing, painting, finishing and testing.


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