In order to be updated on all the activities carried out by the company, it is possible to browse all news reported in this section and arranged by category. The most interesting releases regard the launch of new lamps or design and furniture events. Finally yet importantly, all lighting projects developed in collaboration with renowned architects are presented in this section.


Restaurant Design - Inspiration for the Future

The current unpredictable pandemic world has created many possibilities for the future of restaurant and bar design.

Some designers predict the next Roaring Twenties, where people are looking to get out and socialize amongst the people they haven’t seen in almost two years. They envision the designs to be bold and statement-making with a hint of excess thrown in.

Other designers anticipate the need for more intimate booth-type set-ups where patrons can enjoy a delicious meal while feeling secure that they are adequately separated from others.

Either way, lighting design will play an instrumental role in each of these possibilities- from being a part of the overall design to setting the mood to providing functional illumination for the staff.

To inform and inspire your next restaurant project, Fabbian USA presents our Restaurant Lookbook. The presentation includes the four primary restaurant categories with installations and helpful design considerations for each concept. The Lookbook can be easily downloaded and shared virtually or at your next design meeting.

Our team at Fabbian USA is ready to serve up solutions to anything your client may order by offering signature looks using unique Italian Modern Designs to fulfill decorative and architectural lighting needs.

Fabbian solutions are priced to fit every budget, and we offer product and logistics support in the forms of stocking programs, custom solutions, and multi-location coordination. These elements will enable restaurants to succeed no matter which trajectory the world takes (and maybe it’s a little of both!)

As the world discovers what is next, dining out will continue to innovate and adapt, and Fabbian is here to serve. Contact us to discuss your next project!

Sundt Construction Breakroom and Lounge - Metro F49

Metro F49 Brightens Up the Breakroom at Sundt Construction

Sundt Construction, one of America's largest general contractors, recently added to its Phoenix yard property. The operations and support services Warehouse project included an employee break room and lounge area.

The design for the mixed-use space featured elements highlighting the nature of the construction business, including an exposed ceiling showing corrugated metal, conduit, ductwork, and ceiling supports. The mixed-use space required a combination of direct and ambient illumination for light tasks and general gathering. The exposed ceiling limited options for providing ambient illumination as there was no place for typical 2x2 or 2x4 ceiling lights.

Metro F49 lighting system was able to provide the solution. The indirect linear system spanned the room's width without interruption or need for additional supports and was located below the ceiling supports and ductwork for ease of installation and provided the required ambient illumination. Metro's stainless steel strip blended perfectly with the ceiling's exposed elements, enabling it to work with the design seamlessly.

  • Owner: Sundt
  • Designer and Architect: Architekton
  • Local Fabbian Representative: RC Lurie


When Great Hills Partners, based in Boston, MA, was planning a new headquarters space overlooking the city, the design team at Gensler Boston knew they would need to provide an exclusive experience from the moment a client stepped out of the elevator. With two lobby spaces to fill, the design teams knew they would need something special and so they came to Fabbian to develop a completely custom solution for the spaces. The concept was to create a concealed and floating grid system composed of glass pendants.


Even from the initial renderings, the concept clearly was massive in scale. Encompassing nearly 500 square feet of space, The Elevator Lobby, at 25’ long x 7’ wide required 175 pendants while the Office Lobby space, at 17’ x 17’ wide, required another 256 pendants, each of which had to be wired and cut to the exact same size to convey the effect needed. To additionally complicate matters, this system also had to meet the efficiency requirement for the state energy code. With 431 lights in a custom light fixture and a light every 1 square foot, this was no small feat to pass the watts per square foot limits needed.

Lastly, this system had to be unique. The glass had to be something different and yet also match the design and branding of the organization. Fortunately, the challenges fall well within the scope of what Fabbian has delivered on for nearly 60 years. The Fabbian team provided numerous glass and pendant samples in numerous shapes for contemplation. One shape seemed to be the right style, but too small, so custom blown glass elements were made.

Available Light - Boston partnered on the project to provide a review of the light sources being used, calculate the delivered illumination levels, and ensured compliance with the energy requirements for the overall project needs.


It’s one thing to create something unique in concept, but to convert the concept to the final implementation means that the system needs to be installable. With such a massive canopy, the Fabbian technical team created a mounting system that could easily be set and leveled using all-thread and screw-points interconnecting each section of canopy. By painting the entire system matte black, the entire canopy would disappear from view once installed.

Fabbian also wanted to make sure all the wiring and power was also easy to implement. By using 2W LED sources for the lighting, the entire system is powered at less than 1000 Watts at full brightness and uses only 52 dimming drivers.


In the end, beautiful design, collaborative efforts, professional installers, and the expertise of all parties speak for themselves.

Project Information:
Owner: Great Hill Partners
Architecture & Design: Gensler Boston
Lighting Design: Available Light
General Contractor: Columbia Construction
Electrical Contractor: J.&M. Brown Company
Photographs: Richard Mandelkorn Photography
Local Fabbian Representative: Reflex Lighting

New Road Hotel (London)

For the restructuring of this building, which used to be a textile factory, the goal was to create a modern and informal space respecting the historicity of the place and its "industrial" feel. The renovation involved the preservation of a great number of walls in rough masonry and of the cast iron frames belonging to the original large windows and partitions, all in cast iron. For this purpose, the Freeline system was well suited, and thanks to the minimalism of its aluminum bars, it perfectly suited this context of industrial recovery, becoming the main lighting of the entire ground floor: hall, bar, restaurant, corridor, bathrooms, as well as the meeting & leisure room - where Freeline has been integrated into a modern home automation system. The project structures the system in different ways for all the different environments, creating straight lines, oblique, zigzag and "playing" using the three dimensions. In total, over 160 meters of Freeline structure and 113 light points were used, mainly the floodlights (F45L12) while 7 spots (F45L02) were reserved for the lighting of the bar counter. The project manager and our client was CMT Design & Construction company from London, while the interior design project was designed by the architect Ian Hopwood, of Salisbury's Symthesis Architecture studio.

Interior Design: Synthesis Architecture

Park Avenue - Private Residence


When design professionals commit to a prestigious renovation in the exclusive borough of the Upper East Side, the desire to exceed owner expectations is always high. Delivering on that promise, this Park Avenue Residence features high ceilings, large beautifully proportioned rooms, and a wood-burning fireplace. Located close to Central Park, Madison Avenue, and Museum Mile, the sophisticated design takes advantage of the northern exposures by re-imagining the kitchen and living spaces into an open and continuous wooden floor plan that homogeneously covers the formal dining and living room area.
With the rich tones of solid copper, the two 31.5" Diameter F25 Oru pendants gracefully match the warm palette of the entire open-space concept.

The original collection is available in painted aluminum finishes, while this luxury version of Oru in copper was launched in 2014. The addition of new materials intentionally adds a twist to the family lineup for designs and material used. The lavish copper dome features a burnished surface on the exterior, while the interior contrasts the roughness with a warm polished finish

Architecture: Design42
Interior Design: Studio Mellone
Photo: Guy Ghan

Mount Sinai Queens - Hospital Expansion and Renovation



For the renovation and expansion of one of the major locations in Queens, Mount Sinai decided to establish a new benchmark in the healthcare industry. The project renovation, with its $175 million and 140,000 square foot hospital modernization and addition, were designed with the goal of improving patient care in the New York City borough of Queens. NK Architects, in association with DBB Architects, was the firm in charge of its multi-million makeover and made available medical and surgical capabilities, previously only present in the other Manhattan locations.

The project included new operating rooms that allow surgeons to perform elective, emergency and complex procedures using the latest advances in medical technology and a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department, nearly five times the size of the former ED.

Fabbian participated in the Emergency Department expansion to give an upscale look to the renovation with its series of downlights Quadriled F18. The clean and regular shape of Quadriled combines the savoir-faire of Murano glass with the very latest polymer machining techniques and it has been designed for an easy installation, whether recessed or wall-ceiling mounted.
This incredible and exciting product delivers top energy-saving outstanding performances thanks to 36 LED lights with excellent luminous efficacy and power consumption of 15W only. Any colors of the diffusers do not change light features and performance.
Quadriled is available in the recessed version with polished aluminum structure and in the ceiling version with a grey-painted structure. The polycarbonate diffuser is available in four different colors: clear, with amber profiles, red or blue.

Designed by NKArchitects
Photo credit Billy Economou

Confidential Financial Client_ New York City


The huge New York City-based corporate headquarters of a 800,000sqf Confidential Financial Client with seventeen-floor interior fit-out with open and private offices, trading floors, a conference center, a dining floor, and an executive office floor saw the collaboration of the New York-based lighting design firm Kugler Ning with Gensler to merge architecture and light in a unique entity. The three distinct but overlapping phases included multiple floors accommodating 1,700 trading desks, non-trading floors, distribution and intermediate distribution frame rooms, amenities, and special and support areas.

Kugler Ning selected the unique look of our D27 Faretti Series to illuminate multiple spaces: 150 precious crystal downlights were installed to convey the idea of brightness and clean design while adding a unique and homogeneous allure to the entire space.

With either an integral LED, GU10, or MR16 light source, the crystal diffuser sparkles and shines with either the see-through or satin finish, or can be partially shaded with the front plate in stainless steel.

Both open and closed downlight options exist with closed variations rated for damp locations.

Design credit: Gensler NY
Lighting Design credit: Kugler Ning
Photography: Garrett Rowland

Duplex Apartment - Chelsea NYC

Duplex Apartment - Chelsea NYC


With its high ceilings and natural light setting the tone of the space, the blissful color palette and a seamless mix of statement pieces, graphic artwork, and ethnic accessories, this Chelsea duplex apartment personifies sophistication and elegance.

The natural tones coupled with hand-blown Italian glasswork of the three F27 Aérostat table lamps truly accentuate the opaque white walls of the room. The contrasting heights (14.6" and 21") and various finishes (Satin Nickel and Brass) of the F27 Aerostat lamps both complement and offer a contrast with the antique hues used in the fireplace and mirror as well as the bold tones of the chairs and accessories throughout the space.

It is very easy to imagine Don Draper sitting in one of the armchairs while sipping his whiskey and thinking about his next successful advertising campaign.

Since its launch, F27 Aérostat has been favored by designers for its unique diffuser shape reminiscent of a contemporary schoolhouse design style. Recent enhancements to the family have added the singular metallic cage structure to floor lamps and pendants. This prevailing collection, designed for indoor spaces, is now available in all decorative lamp categories with many variations stocked in the United States.

Design by Fanny Abbes, The New Design Project
Photography by Alan Gastelum

The Product Range:
Pendant lamps:
First type: available ion 3 glass diameters (9", 13" and 17")
Adjustable cable suspension cables
2 type: firmly wrapped in a steel cage
Cage color available: brass and satin nickel
Incandescent or compact non-dimmable fluorescent modules.

Table Lamps:
Available in two heights (14.6" or 21")
Satin Nickel or Brass metal finishes for the steel cage
Incandescent or compact non-dimmable fluorescent modules.

Wall/Ceiling Lamps:
Available in three glass diameters (9", 13" and 17")
Dimmable LED modules (included) or halogen.

Floor lamps:
Available in 13'' and 17''
Satin Nickel or Brass metal finishes for the cage.

Condé Nast Headquarters at One World Trade Center

Condé Nast - One World Trade Center


After taking over a glossy new-build tower on 42nd Street in 2000, Condé Nast decided to move 14 years later—this time to one of the world’s most symbolic sites, One World Trade Center. The decision to move legendary properties like Vogue into the 1,776-feet-high totem signified another rebirth for the neighborhood after 9/11.

In a signature masterpiece of 1.3 million square feet spread over floors 20 to 44, Condé Nast’s headquarters celebrates the media company’s diverse brands while helping its transition to the digital era. A dramatic spiral staircase connects two amenity floors housing specialty functions — including a new digital studio, a café and reference library, test kitchens, salons, and changing spaces for fashion models — with a multifunctional conference center.

The comprehensive brand positioning and environmental graphics program unifies the Condé Nast identity within the public spaces while allowing each brand to express itself within its own workspace. On each floor, one main corridor features Condé Nast’s collective digital content, while others exhibit the individual brands housed there. Conference room walls and fashion closets are cloaked in vinyl reproductions of published photography by greats like Irving Penn.

A minimalist-chic palette of stark white, dark gray, and glossy black features the whole design concept, even in the 35th-floor cafeteria, where chefs prepare kale and quinoa lunches at freestanding food stations. Conceived as a marketplace, the seating is varied: enclaves of banquettes separated by smoked glass, café chairs around intimate four-tops, and communal tables topped with marble.

For its sleek and clean shape, D81 Crio has been chosen as stunning pendants where journalists and fashionistas have their lunch and meetings.

From now on, we can definitely say that The Devil designs with Crio!

Architects: Gensler New York
Photo credit: Garrett Rowland

The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

How does one of the world’s leading universities, known for its science and technology programs, stay relevant in the startup era? This is the question that Analogue Studio answered in collaboration with the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, MIT’s hub for entrepreneurship.

The MIT Entrepreneurship Center is one of the largest research and teaching centers at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the business and management school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was founded in the early 1990s and charged with the mission to develop MIT's entrepreneurial activities and interests in education and research, alliances, and the community.

After embedding some of the designers at the existing Trust Center, their mission became clear: capture the inspirational and professional magic of one of the world’s most innovative workplaces. Today, students and visitors to the Trust Center enter into an open kitchen and living room space, which feels more like a clubhouse than a traditional reception area.
From there, the Center functions as a series of interconnected neighborhoods and meeting rooms, with spaces that engage everyone from the individual student, to the budding startup of four, to the workshop of 400.

Analogue Studio chose one of our most successful product families, F07 Lumi, to enlighten the common spaces: 13 fixtures in 4 different diameters of the Mochi version were installed at different heights to convey the idea of movement and brightness.

The pendant lamp diffusers of F07 Lumi are in white blown glass with a delicate satin finish. The supporting structure is made of metal or polyester reinforced with glass fiber, which gives the whole structure a unique allure.

F07 Lumi comprises three product lines: Mochi, Mycena and Baka, with a full collection of hanging, wall, ceiling, table and floor lamps in different sizes.

Design credit: Analogue Studio
Photography: Richard Hilgendorff

CN Training Excellence Center

CN Training Excellence Center


Canadian National Railway Company (CN) has recently opened its new employee training center in suburban Chicago.

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America.
The location of the new Training Center is strategic: the Chicago area is the largest freight hub in North America and Homewood is home to CN’s U.S. headquarters. The 55,000-square-foot facility hosts up to 250 CN students from across the United States every week, with training for all key railway jobs.

A very generous public space in the new building anchors two stories of specialized training rooms along with administrative spaces – including a transportation lab, simulation rooms, and direct access to welding shops, live track, and a repair shop.

Fabbian USA was able to collaborate with Garnett Architects with its flagship pendant lamp D81 Crio, providing the pristine and sculptural white version in a 24" and 48" diameter varieties. Both variations illuminate the space through a light source hidden behind an acrylic domed diffuser.
13 fixtures installed at different heights now welcome CN's new trainees and staff in an open concept lobby and common area.

With its multifaceted and aluminum structure, D81 Crio can fit into numerous commercial and residential spaces.
New for 2017, the D81 Crio Series is now available with LED light sources and a 72" Large Scale version has been added to the family. All versions are available in White, Light Oak Veneer, Dark Ebony Veneer, or Custom Paint and Wood Veneer options.

Architects: Garnett Architects, LLC
Photo credit: James John Jetel

Palacio de Hierro - Polanco

El Palacio de Hierro - Polanco


El Palacio de Hierro, Mexico’s premier luxury department store chain was founded over 125 years ago. The Polanco store reopened in 2016 after an extensive renovation and expansion, and with its 650,000 square feet, four levels and eight parking levels, it is the largest department store in Latin America.

Located in the heart of Mexico City, the store comprises a full line of departments including cosmetics, jewelry and watches, women’s, men’s, children’s, home, furniture, kitchen and technology. The store also features several departments unique to a flagship such as a travel agency, tea salon, cafes, salons and a Gourmet department.

The New York-based firm TPG Architecture did extensive research on the urban character and history of Mexico City, along with the legacy of the El Palacio de Hierro brand. The design of each department began with the establishment of a core design concept reflective of the merchandise category and brands. The result was an environment able to embody both Palacio's legacy and modern identity, together with the leading global brands and brand shops' identities presented within the Palacio store environment.

With our flagship product Tile, the TPG design team was able to custom create the look they wanted for the Women’s “Better” Shoe department. This department sits on the main path of circulation between the two main atriums of the Polanco project. They needed a lighting fixture that demonstrated qualities of light, elegance, and luxury, and sought to create a “meandering river of light”.

Tile was the perfect modular concept to work with as each crystal Tile is a 12" x 4.5" building block.

Once the concept was developed, the Fabbian team was able to quickly create 3-dimensional CAD drawings in order to translate the concept into the project plans, renderings, and models. To prevent dirt and dust from infiltrating the structure during construction, the installation had to be conducted near the completion of the shopping center. As such, when the client was ready to receive the materials, over 1500 pieces of hand-made Italian crystal were flown directly from Italy to the site, arriving within a few days of release.

Once on site, the installation of the Tile system was also near instantaneous: from arrival to completion, the 250-foot long x 6-foot tall structure was assembled in only 3 days time.
Hanging above the designer stilettos and flats, the clientele of this upscale space are illuminated by a crystal glass modular sculpture, the perfect stylish partner.

The crystal Tile system can be customized to any length and up to 40 feet tall with lighting integral or embedded into the crystal frame. Murano glass variations are also available with the Laminis system for additional customizable capabilities.

Tile and Laminis have been installed as chandeliers, wall features, art installations and as columnar features in projects throughout the world.

Architect: TPG Architecture
Photographer: Paul Rivera Photography

D81 Crio at Fedex Headquarters

Crio at Fedex Headquarters

“We are excited to bring everybody together under one roof in a world-class facility.”
FedEx Executive

FedEx provides a high-quality delivery service in more than 220 countries around the world and their reputation is well-known internationally.

This new headquarters consolidates more than 1,200 FedEx Office corporate and support services staff from multiple Dallas-area locations. The four-story, build-to-suit solution headquarters helped FedEx Office reduce its square footage in the area by 15 percent while providing work settings and amenities that foster employee engagement and productivity.

Open-plan offices, flexible conference rooms, and seamlessly integrated technology promote communication and collaboration throughout the headquarters. Huddle rooms and quiet rooms incorporated into the main floor plan form neighborhoods throughout the workplace.

The team applied color, graphics, and distinct finishes to establish clear zones and maintain department identities without introducing physical boundaries.
Employee amenities include a dining facility with a café and juice bar, a fitness center and basketball court, a mock FedEx Office store and a broadcast studio for developing internal and external communications.

FedEx Office prioritized a design that would efficiently accommodate future expansion or contraction while mitigating capital expenses. The flexible office and workstation furniture enables quick, easy reconfigurations to support changing needs while helping to increase density and collaboration over time.

The lounge area at the new HQ is illuminated by Crio, a hand-made white aluminum structure with an injection-molded acrylic diffuser and hidden light source.
Crio makes for the perfect solution for a contemporary work environment. Crio is available in both 2’, 4’ and 6' diameter variations in painted white finish as well as Dark Wood and Light Wood Veneers.

Architect: HOK
Photographer: Michael Robinson Photography

Cafe' Art Science_Cloudy F21



Strategically positioned between the prestigious Harvard and MIT universities, Café ArtScience is a multi-purpose venue: Restaurant + Auditorium + Bar + Concept Shop + Art Gallery. Café ArtScience is the missing link between scientific laboratory and literary café, appealing to students, artists, and professors all gathered around the same dishes.

From dawn to dusk, this venue is on the way has become an essential hub for Boston's minds. The bar designed like an undulating veil of white cement serves breakfast and experimental cocktails from noon to evening. The tables are used for professional meetings as well as to sample gourmet menus. The sofa, a huge ribbon of green velvet, is a synonym for comfort and encounters. 
In line with his signature style, Mathieu Lehanneur structures the interior design without walls or partitions, but through fit-to-live-objects that demarcate the flow and simple functions. 
Above the lounge area, the French designer decided to build an airy and refined installation with the product he created for Fabbian in 2014, F21 Cloudy. Almost 20 handmade pendants in white blown glass flew directly from Italy in two sizes (16'' and 11'') to give this restaurant its upscale look.

Up to 30 production steps are necessary to create the every single Cloudy and they all take place in the cradle of blown glass in the countryside of Venice. The product family includes two different sizes of pendants and ceiling lamps, all handmade see-through glass on one side and white milky glass on the other to create a sophisticated degrade' effect.
F21 Cloudy had been invested bestowed the prestigious IF Design Award, 2014.

Arch. Mathieu Lehanneur
Local Architects: Brown / Fenollosa
Photo credit: Phase One Photography

Multispot custom made

Fabbian was asked to decorate the lobby area around the stairs leading to the prestigious Hotel Willemswerf in Rotterdam. This spacious, luminous area is dominated by the huge chandelier measuring 180 cm in diameter and 400 cm max. in height. It uses the Tooby diffuser from the Multispot range designed by Nanne de Ru: this consists of a tube in borosilicate glass (Pyrex®), with a cylindrical element in grooved plastic inside to ensure an even diffusion of light along the entire length of the tube. There are 160 lighting points in total, each fitted with a dimmable LED (3W- WHITE 2700K- 700mA). This light fitting was made entirely to customer specifications.
ph. Christian van der Kooy

Tile: a solution for creating a partition

Double crystal walls define the reception of the Abu Dhabi office of Dolphine Energy Limited, a company that has produced natural gas in the Middle East for over 25 years.
The original idea was inspired by the presentation of Tile during the Index exhibition in Dubai in 2011: this sparked the beginning of the working partnership between Fabbian and the international architecture and interior design studio Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will of Dubai.
Two walls of Tile II, each one stretching six metres long, define the lobby: 2376 tiles of transparent crystal, interspaced by 48 amber-coloured tiles in turn illuminated by a waterfall of light create an eye-catching area that becomes the focal point of the room.

Fabbian manufactures the glass and light sculpture at Hong Kong airport

Fabbian Illuminazione has realized the ambitious The Wing project, a glass and light sculpture designed by the famous firm of architects, Norman Foster + Partners of London and positioned inside the Hong Kong airport, as symbol of the Cathay Pacific airline’s VIP lounge.

China turned to the excellence of Italian creativity to produce a towering work: an ultra-clear glass lamp 6 metres long and 3.2 metres high, weighing about 8 and a half tons. In seeking a supplier to complete this project, the Chinese chose the Italian company Fabbian for its reliability, quality, but above all its manufacturing skills and ability to give shape to the architect’s idea while at the same time complying with Chinese airport regulations, among the most stringent in the world.
«We have not only manufactured a lamp…but a design object»

The Wing lamp is made up of 20 ultra-clear glass blades standing 3.2 metres high. Each is shaped differently from the other, according to the design of Foster + Partners, and is decorated with engravings which, lit up by LED sources hidden in the base, produce a breathtaking effect.

The lamp weighs 8500 kg: this is a huge load concentrated on an airport floor of limited strength and able to withstand a limited weight. A base had to be designed able to support a heavy weight, to contain the lighting devices, which was easy to transport and service, and which was also beautiful to look at.

The Wing is a concentrate of totally made-in-Italy lighting technology. The technological base, which supports a huge weight of 8500 kg and contains the LEDs, is completely concealed flush with the floor. The floor of the VIP lounge in black Carrara marble contrasts with the purity of the crystals lit up by a system of LEDs which create a spectacular reflection effect.

Toroidale lamps illuminate the mall Simplon Center (Switzerland)

A hundred of Toroidale lamps light up the new shopping center Simplon Center, Migros, in Bris Gliss, Switzerland.

These polyethylene lamps, with diffuser made by a rotational molding process, illuminate and decorate all the common areas of the largest shopping center in the Canton of Valais. They are customized Toroidale lamps, dimmable DALI, lit by compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Project architects: Christian Constantin SA

A Beluga waterfall in the prestigious Mariinsky II Theatre of St Petersburg

In the heart of St Petersburg officially has opened the doors the Mariinsky II Theatre. The Opening Night Gala, conducted by the general director Valery Gergiev, featured Plácido Domingo and the president of Russia Vladimir Putin.
The new opera house connect to the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, which opened in 1860, by a planned pedestrian bridge. Mariinsky II features seven stories and three underground levels, including a main auditorium, a 200-seat rooftop amphitheatre, a third-floor lobby amphitheatre, multiple rehearsal rooms, and production facilities for 2,500 staff.

Sparkling waterfalls of Beluga light up the huge lobby, whereas a series of Lumi light up a second concert hall.

The architecture has been edited by Diamond Schmitt Architects (Canada) and the structural engineering study was made by KB Vips of St. Petersburg.

Photo and render: courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects

Fabbian manufactures the glass and light sculpture at Hong Kong airport

Fabbian Illuminazione has realized the ambitious The Wing project, a glass and light sculpture designed by the famous firm of architects, Norman Foster + Partners of London and positioned inside the Hong Kong airport, as symbol of the Cathay Pacific airline’s VIP lounge.

China turned to the excellence of Italian creativity to produce a towering work: an ultra-clear glass lamp 6 metres long and 3.2 metres high, weighing about 8 and a half tons. In seeking a supplier to complete this project, the Chinese chose the Italian company Fabbian for its reliability, quality, but above all its manufacturing skills and ability to give shape to the architect’s idea while at the same time complying with Chinese airport regulations, among the most stringent in the world.
«We have not only manufactured a lamp…but a design object»

The Wing lamp is made up of 20 ultra-clear glass blades standing 3.2 metres high. Each is shaped differently from the other, according to the design of Foster + Partners, and is decorated with engravings which, lit up by LED sources hidden in the base, produce a breathtaking effect.

The lamp weighs 8500 kg: this is a huge load concentrated on an airport floor of limited strength and able to withstand a limited weight. A base had to be designed able to support a heavy weight, to contain the lighting devices, which was easy to transport and service, and which was also beautiful to look at.

The Wing is a concentrate of totally made-in-Italy lighting technology. The technological base, which supports a huge weight of 8500 kg and contains the LEDs, is completely concealed flush with the floor. The floor of the VIP lounge in black Carrara marble contrasts with the purity of the crystals lit up by a system of LEDs which create a spectacular reflection effect.

Opendesign is born: the new international Fabbian blog

Opendesign is on line: it’s the new blog with an international flavor where we present the Fabbian projects related to design, culture and art.

Opendesign is the exclusive witness of the most unique and inimitable projects of Fabbian Illuminazione.

This new blog is going to reveal the secrets about a very special Fabbian lighting project, born with one of the most famous architect study, that will be realized in a place heart of the world economy. A lighting project that is so special to become a symbol, a sculpture, a work of art.

So, don’t miss the story of this secret project: follow the blog!

A dinner with... lamps

In St. Petersburg (Russia), at the Salon Podium, was held "The Fabbian Gluttony," a very special dinner. The export area manager Alessandro Bottacin, aided by collaborators of St. Petersburg, has been delighting local architects and interior designers with an original blend of Italian cuisine ... and the design of Fabbian lighting. Two products of the company, Cubetto and Tile, have the opportunity to become containers for the most popular food in Italy, with a special focus on the Venetian cuisine.

It all started with the Venetian aperitif par excellence, Spritz, poured in to Fabbian transparent cube. Then the architects have tasted a salad of octopus and potatoes served on luxury plates: glass Tile, usually used to create walls of glass and light, have become the setting of this exquisite dish.

To conclude the evening, the excellent tiramisu, a flow of custard with finger biscuits and coffee inside the white Cubetto Fabbian.

A real treat for the eyes and the palate, accompanied by fine Italian wine. A different way to present the products Fabbian through an emotional and multi-sensory Italian journey.... staying in Russia.

Fabbian Tile lights up the luxury Skins Cosmetics Shop (Amsterdam)

A series of custom made Fabbian Tile light up the new Skins Cosmetics Shop in Amsterdam.

Skins Cosmetics opened a new shop in the Conservatorium Hotel, the iconic five-star hotel located in the heart of Amsterdam. Four Fabbian Tile ceiling lamps light up this luxury shop, where they sell high level cosmetics with an high-level service.

The Studio Rublek (Amsterdam) has designed very special Tile ceiling lamps, with a balanced equilibrium of empty and full, for a very modern effect, which fits perfectly with the interior design of the luxury shop.

This custom made version of the Tile is light, evanescent and poetic.

Fabbian lights up the new Dada Architecture + Design headquarters

For this project in Switzerland, architect Davide D'Agostino tried out a new distribution and representation concept, unusual for an architecture and design firm. The idea was in fact to create an organization in which the operative and exhibitive components blend together and produce a unitary message.

Substantially, around a central creative core, a “design gallery” is developed in which objects, furnishings, sculptures and complete settings represent and communicate the résumé of the Firm’s design philosophy.

By visiting these spaces, already-acquired and potential clients thus have the chance to come into contact with a new form of communication, that which architect D'Agostino calls “Planning within the Project”. The bottom line is that the clients manage to develop their own projects, stimulated and inspired by the environment in which they find themselves.

Fabbian plays lead role in lighting up this project: notice the Crio Bianca suspension lamp above the PC stations, the rectangular Sospesa lamp above the meeting table, a series of Giunco floor lamps creating a highly suggestive effect in the luxury bathroom setting, the Angle floor lamp and two Elle lamps lighting up the country chic lounge, further enhanced by a Tile lamp. A series of Cubetto suspension lamps light up the corridor and the pictures decorating it. The Cricket spotlights and the Slot light fitting complete the lighting of the large study.

The hotel Krasicki (Poland) takes the International Hotel Award

The four-star hotel Krasicki, lit up inside by numerous Fabbian lamps, took the International Hotel Award’s prestigious “Best International New Hotel Construction & Design” prize.

The hotel Krasicki, which occupies the ancient castle of the Polish city of Lidzbark Warmiński, was designed by architect Katarzyna Dzsus. The interior design of this four-star Hotel is a skilful blend of contemporary style and the very special medieval appeal of the ancient building.

The Crio suspension lamps in ebony light up the restaurant of the luxury hotel. The Elle floor lamps cast light on the facing stone in the lobby. While a composition of Tile lamps is protagonist in the meeting room.

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