MARIANO FORTUNY LIGHTS
Fortuny believed you could only improve the quality of a product by having a good knowledge of its raw materials and construction. Through his experiences with Wagner, Fortuny became a lighting engineer and set designer. As a set designer, he looked to create a smoother transition from one scene to another. He began experimenting with light and different ways to do this in the attic of his home in Italy. By reflecting light off of different surfaces he saw he could change the colour, intensity and properties of light. He used indirect lighting techniques in his new invention, the Fortuny cyclorama dome, a quarter dome shaped structure of plaster or cloth. The shape created the look of a more extensive sky and Fortuny could create any type of sky he wanted by reflecting light onto it in a certain way. Realizing that electricity had the potential to transform theatrical lighting, he developed in his Venetian palazzo-atelier-laboratory a system that used concave reflectors to reduce glare. He outlined this innovative, patented system in his treatise ‘Eclairage Scenique (1904) and utilized this technique in his desk light (1903) and floor light (1907). The latter helped to transform both theatrical and photographic lighting. The design, with its folding tripod base and umbrella-like reflector, is also known as the ‘Projector’ light. To read more about Mariano Fortuny please visit our blog article. For inspiration on ways to use these lights and style inspiration please visit our Pinterest Board.
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