Catellani & Smith, the hand of the craftsman

The idea

“When I create a lamp, I always start off with a prototype; my laboratory is a workshop where I continually accumulate materials, components and objects of all different kinds; and this is where everything was born…”

“I assemble, weld, bend, shape… I need to feel the materials, to see how they play with light. In this initial stage there is no real design, the idea must take shape immediately, becoming an object.”


The craftsmanship

“I believe that this process can be felt in products by Catellani & Smith. A large part of my production is made up by pieces that require a great amount of craftsmanship: it’s the hand of the craftsman that builds them, his manual work that creates the imperfection, making a truly unique object.”

Enzo Catellani

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