September 4, 2008
A Dutch designer’s Andrei Tarkovsky-inspired lamp
Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1983 film, Nostalghia—a moody exploration of a Russian poet’s profound sense of alienation, set in a fog-shrouded Italian countryside—seems like an unlikely inspiration for lighting design. (The movie is perhaps best know for a famous nine-minute shot of the protagonist carrying a candle around a drained swimming pool.) But the Dutch designer Brian Rasmussen was inspired by a scene in which the poet sees his shifting reflection in a wardrobe mirror to create Andrei, a polished-stainless-steel lamp now available from Studio Italia Design. We’re already hoping for future products in this vein. Maybe an Andrei Rublev–inspired coffee table? Or an adjustable-height workstation based on the spaceship in Solaris?