Inspired by the grand lamps in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Cirio Family provides a rich, endless spectacle of light. Its porcelain shades hand crafted in Sargadelos (Galicia, Spain) filter the light allowing illumination bearing the warmth of a candle.
Designed by Antoni Arola, this family consists of LED capsules and porcelain shades: it is an object that blends technology and craftsmanship, innovation and traditional craft.
Since 2010, Sargadelos and Santa & Cole have pooled their know-how in order to create the shades for the Cirio lamp. Sargadelos is a ceramics company that also champions promotion of the arts, local craftsmanship and the dissemination of Galician culture. Though its history goes back more than two hundred years, it was in the 1960s that Sargadelos came to stand for avant-garde work, taking over from Laboratorio de Formas in Galicia in its pursuit of objects that fuse art and function.
Porcelain is a noble, delicate material
Getting the right sort of light requires a specific thickness. Each shade is individually produced using a process that takes time and requires the hands of expert craftspeople. This delicate process creates a unique object akin to a candle in terms of its shape, texture and warmth of light.
“We had to do a lot of tests with the Sargadelos development team to find the exact thickness that would give us the warmth of light we were looking for.”
Cirio conceals a great many details
Its shades are polished on the outside but with a matte finish on the inside. While this feature is invisible to the naked eye, the interior matte finish keeps the light from bouncing off so that it is uniformly projected, while the shiny exterior finish allows the light to be reflected, thus enhancing its volume.