The Art of Light: Articolo’s New Melbourne Showroom
A celebration of light and experientiality, Design studio Articolo has just unveiled their new showroom in Richmond, Melbourne. Articolo’s lighting fixtures are handcrafted and Australian-made. They are textural and sophisticated, imbuing a sense of artisanship into any space they occupy.
The new showroom space was designed by Articolo’s Creative Director Nicci Green alongside architect David Goss of Studio Goss. The concept was to draw from an exploration of materiality. Brass panelling and terrazzo flooring sit adjacent to timber boards. Concrete walls form the blank canvas for the lighting, heightening the drama of the space.
Green is interested in “the kinds of spaces that have a real sense of discovery; as if you’ve unearthed something unseen and exciting. Lighting showrooms can tend towards the overwhelming. Our intention is to showcase a limited selection, with additional lights and fittings retrieved from the adjacent studio during the consulting process. Each component is presented on a leather-lined tray, befitting the precious materials and skill of our artisan producers,” adds Nicci.
Part of the renovation included the installation of light wells that work to filter through the natural light, positioned in a way to complement the sequence of spaces that tell the visual stories of Articolo. Patterns of visitor’s movements throughout the space have been considered, and so the showroom’s layout leads you through a series of moments, each a different play between form and light.
The building also accommodates Articolo’s design studio and workshop – it’s here in which the designs are developed, each piece passing through to be finished one-by-one, by hand.
The Articolo showroom is located at 18 Willis Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia, and is open by appointment.
Photography: Sharyn Cairns
Art Direction: Marsha Golemac