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Table lamp in blue plastic with a slender conical base, wider conical top, and a translucent white disc covering the light source.

Lamp, Binic

Designed by
Ionna Vautrin (born 1979)
ABS plastic, polycarbonate
Produced by
Foscarini, Marcon, Venice, Italy
20 x 14 x 14 cm

The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, gift of S. Bernard Paré, 2012.2

This small lamp was inspired by the Binic lighthouse on the Brittany coast in France. Binic is a simple but surprising form, which is available in six colors. Its large, round, hood-like shade that seems to float on its conical base.

According to Vautrin, Foscarini approached her in 2009 and “asked me to consider making a small affordable light that sparked a ‘coup de coeur.’ The Binic drawing immediately caught their attention among various proposals. It is made in a nautical style which draws inspiration specifically from the ‘manches à air’ (windsocks) on the decks of boats. . . . This project was a turning point in my young career.”

The Stewart Program for Modern Design, photo: Denis Farley.