Italian lighting specialist Baroncelli is known for its collections of bold chandeliers, dynamic pendant lights and innovative wall, floor and table lamps. But now the company has set up a bespoke division, called Baroncelli Commissions, in response to the many requests at its London and New York showrooms from clients seeking large-scale, one-off pieces for their homes. Now anyone wishing to add drama and glamour to their interiors can commission an original and spectacular handcrafted lighting installation.
“People seek us out for the skill and vision of our design studio,” says Giovanni Corrado, Baroncelli’s creative director. “Clients are looking for a design language which resonates with their personal ideas but also gently challenges them, as we interpret the themes into commissioned installations for specific spaces.”
One client wanted a dynamic, contemporary design for a double-height space in his Mayfair house that would look as spectacular from below as it would from above. Baroncelli suggested a design resembling a tubular wind sculpture (similar commissions from around £50,000, second picture). Working with lightweight, borosilicate glass, the complicated geometry of Storm Cloud proved a considerable engineering challenge – but the client loved the result and the magical way the piece enhances the space.
Clients often take inspiration from Baroncelli’s designs in hotels and restaurants when commissioning exceptional pieces for their own homes. A typical example is The Bait, a lighting installation installed at Flooka restaurant in Abu Dhabi that resembles a shoal of fish. A riff on this concept of “floating” above a long dining-room table is the perfect dinner-party conversation piece (from around £60,000, third picture). Meanwhile, the Moroccan-inspired Ocellus (from around £20,000, first picture), whose jewel-like presence hangs in the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah hotel, near Dubai, has prompted requests for Moroccan-influenced pieces for clients’ personal spaces.
“We’re seeing the most exciting developments as private individuals increasingly seek greater creativity and a stronger design language in their homes,” says Corrado.