Kanji is a family of lighting elements from Fontana Arte that reinterprets traditional Oriental portable lanterns in a contemporary key. A beautiful evocative collection now available locally through agents Euro Nouveau.
Available in tabletop and ceiling models, Kanji draws inspiration from Chinese porcelain from the Ming dynasty. The hand-blown glass diffuser, in frosted white and translucent smoke, is adorned with a pleated surface decoration.
A Led ring runs inside the structure and magically illuminates the diffuser. Evocative of the Far East not only in form but in name (kanji are characters of Chinese origin used in Japanese writing in conjunction with the hiragana and katakana syllabaries), it is designed to be used alone or in pairs, with each form amplifying the aesthetic power of the other.
Designer Denis Guidone has won numerous international awards, including the IDA Design Award in Los Angeles. He was also given the Bruno Munari Prize by Gillo Dorfles in 2009 at the Triennale di Milano, was selected for the ADI index 2010, and received honorable mention at Young & Design 2012.
He lives and works between Milan and Tokyo, working in the fields of architecture and product design. He works with Fontana Arte, Roche Bobois, Nava Design, Ichendorf, Serax, Projects Watches, Shuji Nakagawa and Arita Risogama.
Find the latest Kanji Collection of lights now available locally at Euro Nouveau.