Viola Lanari’s Porta Romana collection is characterised by handcrafted whimsical designs and a textured white finish. Viola’s pieces have been created following an approach that was often used by sculptor Diego Giacometti, where each piece is shaped in plaster of Paris, cast in a durable and light resin, then hand painted to achieve the perfect feel and appearance.
Forming a chain of sculptural discs, the Othello table lamp offers a unique take on the use of a circular shape in design. Viola follows a production method often used by Diego Giacometti as she builds the Othello in plaster, then casts it in a durable and light resin, before finishing it by hand to achieve the perfect plaster feel.
The Pip wall light is a decorative jewel for your wall. Inspired by the botanical details of the Maudie table lamp, this piece is a beautiful and atmospheric light with a smooth plaster finish. The Pip will look enchanting as a pair, set to mirror to each other, or sitting either side of a piece of art.
The Viola lantern is the feature piece, and the first to be born in Viola Lanari’s collection. The lantern shows a considerate game of contrasts, from lines and round forms, to texture. Its linked circular shapes play with the softness of the concealed LED lights coming from within the lantern, creating multiple eclipses and a serene glow.
The Selina side table was initially built by layers and layers of plaster of Paris and carved by hand by Viola Lanari. Then a mould was created to cast each piece in a more durable and light resin; a production method also used by Diego Giacometti. The side table is painted and finished by hand to achieve the perfect plaster feel, signature of Viola’s work.
Viola’s collection is designed around the circle and the sphere and their interaction with light. The Selina Console table expresses this through the highly textural finish of the rounded legs and the rhythm in the decorative edges of both top and feet. The Selina Console table expresses this through the highly textural finish of the rounded legs and the rhythm in the decorative edges of both top and feet.