Afillia lamp won “Premio dei Premi”, the National Award for Innovation

Afillia lamp, designed by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo, already awarded with the Innovation Prize ADI Design Index 2014, received the prestigious “Premio dei Premi” – Italian National Award for Innovation

As a result of the collaboration between Zambelli and the Trento-based .exnovo brand, Afillia lamp takes its name from botany, from the plant without leaves. It is a contradictory object as certain haiku, that can add up in itself emptiness and fullness, strength and lightness, space and its paradoxes. Rarified materials – the vacuum crosses between them – to create compact auras; air and light as true ‘building components’ of the object.

The collection consists of three table lamps and three pendant lights. The base is in Swiss pine, hand-crafted according to the region’s ancient traditions; the wood fitting locks on to a light shade in polyamide sintered by professional 3D printing.

The lamp is a vital synthesis between traditional materials and avant-garde productions, ancient craftsmen knowledge and innovative technologies: In an ideal ring that binds together the past and the future, so different materials are inserted one into each other in a continuity quite natural.

Now entering its seventh edition, the National Award for Innovation – Premio dei Premi – is an initiative of the Italian government promoted in 2008 and is set up with permission of the President of the Italian Republic at the National Foundation for Innovation COTEC .

The recognition of the “Premio dei Premi” Award aims to enhance and support the best innovative and creative capacities of companies, universities, public authorities, organizations or individual designers, in order to foster the growth of innovation culture in the country, or the ability to understand, evaluate and use new technologies with a critical eye.