Paolo Rizzatto was born in Milan in 1941. Having graduated in architecture from the famous Polytechnic Institute in Milan, he first worked as freelance architect, interior decorator and designer. He gained his first experiences as light designer while he was working for Arteluce, which was one of the best-known labels for designer lighting at that time. Together with Riccardo Sarfatti, son of Arteluce founder Gino Sarfatti, and Sandra Severi he founded the label Luceplan in 1978. The starting point for founding Luceplan was the aim to create high-quality designer lights equipped with sophisticated technology that are distinguished by a sustainable and eco-friendly production process. In order to achieve this aim Luceplan attaches importance to a careful selection of the materials used. It is already considered during the design process of new lights and lamps whether the materials are suitable for recycling. Moreover, Luceplan focuses on timeless design as well as on solid and durable products that can stand the test of time – thus unnecessary waste is avoided and the environmental impact is reduced.
Paolo Rizzatto & the issue of workPaolo Rizzatto
was a highly active designer who, amongst others, worked for renowned clients such as Artemide
, Danese Milano
. However, he celebrated his greatest success as a designer for his own label Luceplan. A recurring motif in Rizzatto’s
works is the subject of light and workplace illumination. Here, the focus is put on the development of functional and flexible lighting solutions that are meant to facilitate people’s daily work at the desk. Based on this idea many of the most famous Luceplan lights were created, for which the Italian company won multiple awards. It began with the D7 wall light, which in 1981 was the first Luceplan light to win the coveted Compasso d'Oro
, one of the best-known design awards in the world. The D7, created in collaboration with Sandro Colbertaldo
, is a minimalist wall light that allows a flexibly adjustable illumination of desks.
The next award for Paolo Rizzatto
was not long in coming. In 1987, the Berenice
desk lamp was awarded the coveted Compasso d’Oro. This light was also developed in cooperation with Alberto Meda. The Berenice is a classic desk light with flexible arms and a comfortably adjustable light head. In 1989, the futuristically looking Lola
floor light received the Compasso d’Oro award. This was already the second Compasso that the duo Rizzatto/Meda received for their work. The Lola convinces with its fully rotatable light head, which visually reminds us of a handle. Lola’s light can be adjusted as required thanks to the innovative reflector system. In 1998, Luceplan continues its tradition of refined desk lamps with the creation of the Fortebraccio
. By means of the Fortebraccio, Rizzatto and Meda tie in with the success of the Berenice and produce a further flexible lighting solution that is ideally suited for computer workstations. The conically shaped shade on the light head allows a focusing of the light so that focused light is directed onto the desired area. The Fortebraccio was, amongst others, acknowledged with the Good Design Award
of the Chicago Athenaeum, one of the oldest and best-known design awards in the world.
In 2005, Paolo Rizzatto
and Alberto Meda designed the LED desk lamp Mix and thereby created another Compasso d’Oro award winner. The delicate light fixture operates particularly economically with a power input of only 5 watts. The light head is attached to the end of a flex-shaft made from aluminium that allows the light head to be continuously adjusted as required. The Mix uses LED modules of the latest generation that not only stand out due to a high energy efficiency but also due to a particularly long service life of up to 50,000 hours of operation. By means of the Otto Watt
introduced in 2011, the duo Rizzatto/Meda led the desk lamp into the next generation: the Otto Watt operates particularly economically thanks to energy-efficient LED technology. The name of the light speaks for itself: “Otto Watt” is Italian and means “eight watts” in English – this is exactly the quantity of energy this desk lamp requires in order to produce a light intensity of about 330 lumens. At the same time, the Otto Watt convinces with a special feature: the light colour of the LED module can be adjusted between 2,400 and 3,500 Kelvin.
Design and light by Paolo RizzattoPaolo Rizzatto
was not only active in the area of desk light design, he also often worked as light designer and created many of the Luceplan icons. His best-known works definitely include the Costanza
light family, which impresses with its classic appearance. The conically shaped lampshade of the Costanza allows the light to be emitted upwards and downwards. Thus, the Costanza supplies zone lighting directed downwards and makes a contribution to ambient lighting thanks to the indirect light emitted upwards. The Costanza is available in different versions and colours. By now, it can also be obtained as an energy-efficient LED version
. The little sister of the Costanza, the Costanzina
, is also based on an idea by Paolo Rizzatto. Just like the Costanza, this table lamp
available in many colours convinces with its traditional design language and the conical lampshade.
In 1989, the Titania pendant light
was introduced, which is a trendsetting lighting solution with a futuristic look. The Titania convinces with its extraordinary, corrugated surface as well as the sophisticated lighting effect. By inserting special colour filters, the light of the Titania can shine in the colour desired. The Titania was designed in collaboration with Alberto Meda – it was nominated for the Compasso d’Oro and received a special award of the Design Plus Awards
in 1992. In 1994, the Metropoli
wall light – a joint project of Rizzatto
, Alberto Meda and Luceplan co-founder Ricardo Sarfatti – received the Compasso d’Oro. With its maritime look the rounded Metropoli lights remind us of a ship’s porthole.
By designing the Lightdisc
in 2002, a modern wall light
with a futuristic look was introduced. With the design language of an UFO the Lightdisc turns out to be an impressive eye-catcher within the room. Thanks to protection class IP65, this luminaire is protected against jet water as well as the ingress of foreign bodies. It can thus be used in bathrooms as well as in outdoor areas. The Lightdisc is available with an opal as well as a transparent housing. With the practical suspension kit
the Lightdisc can be turned into an effective pendant light
in no time. In 2011, the Hope
light family wins the Compasso d’Oro. This light family was created by Paolo Rizzatto
in cooperation with the Argentinian designer Francisco Gomez Paz
. Its look reminds us of the Hope Diamond – probably the best-known diamond on the world. The Hope light brings a glittering and sparkling play of light into your home. Ultra-fine micro-Fresnel lenses let the light be refracted thousands of times and thus create unparalleled lighting effects.