Building on Classic Design – A Selection of Lighting by Design Studio Astep

I’ve recently been referring back to Junichiro Tanizaki’s book ‘In Praise of Shadows’ as an interesting monologue on the way technological advances change the way we view objects and in turn how this alters the overall quality of our life. Light is a major component of our perception of a space and having more control over the overall illumination is sure to make us both happier and more content in our surroundings.

Denmark-based Italy-made lighting company Astep has been on my radar for a while and I wanted to bring forward a selection of their lighting today to present here for you all. Astep’s focus is on new products for the home, but they also have to be accredited for their re-edits of iconic objects such as the timeless works by Gino Sarfatti, who is Astep owner Alessandro Sarfatti’s grandfather, and Vittoriano Viganò, the original Art Director of Arteluce, the company founded by Gino Sarfatti back in 1939 and was later expanded on by his son Riccardo Sarfatti.

Even though they are using many tried and tested forms Astep have revamped these to create aesthetically pleasing lighting that focuses quite heavily on the overall illumination and the quality of the materials. I like this ideas of embracing newer technologies to improve the current lighting situation in our homes, but at the same time using these beautiful designs in more relevant ways to bring a warmth that’s often lacking in contemporary design. I hope you like the selection of photos here from their website and will view more on the link below. Enjoy.


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