.exnovo at Rio 2016 Olympic Games | Louie lamps in the headquarters of Casa Italia

.exnovo, leader in 3D printed decorative lighting, is one of the official suppliers of Casa Italia


The suspension lamps Louie designed by the American architect David Nosanchuk for .exnovo – made of 12 pieces thanks to a clever combination of 3D printing technology and craftsmanship – are among the protagonists of the Costa Brava Clube, the historic club in Rio de Janeiro that hosts the Italian headquarters for the Olympics 2016: a unique location, where the land meets the ocean, the nature meets humans and the sport meets art, innovation and design.


The ambitious project of Casa Italia in Rio aims to promote and enhance the Italian excellence not only through sport and competitive expressions, but also through art and design, and the exaltation of tradition and innovation. The goal is to present the country to an international audience, in its most genuine sense, through a series of images and iconic items that have historically made Italy a cultural landmark.


Among the icons and new projects provided by the partners (Edra, De Padova, Slamp, Gufram, Kartell), stand out the hanging lamps Louie provided by .exnovo, intriguing objects made of points and lines intersecting each other to form complex geometries. Louie celebrates innovation, design and architectural history. . Inspired by Nosanchuk’s love of late 20th century American architecture, Louie is born from a 3D scan of the Facade of the Bayard Condict Building, Louis Sullivan’s (father of modern architecture and known for his words “form follows function”) first skyscraper and only NYC work. After laser mapping the building, Nosanchuk selected an ornate cornice element above the entry arch to explore it as a hanging light. Selecting a scanned element from the building facade, Nosanchuk converted the scanning map into a printable tracery that was a form and a skin, yielding an object full of lightness from one of stone. The light glows from state of the art of micro LED, hidden from the eyes.



After its debut at the Triennale di Milano and the installations at Fuorisalone in Milan and Collective Design Fair in New York – featured on Corriere della Sera and New York Times as one of the “best design” of the two respective design weeks – the series of 12 Louie, selected by the Italian gallerist Claudia Pignatale who curated the interiors of Casa Italia, are now ready to represent a piece of Made in Italy in this ambitious international project.