30 September 2015

Buzzi&Buzzi: Architectural Light

Last Sunday we went to Designjunction in London to meet Andrea Buzzi and talk about his lighting company Buzzi & Buzzi. Buzzi & Buzzi has been part of “The Village” exhibition by Material ConneXion Italia, from the 24th to the 27th of september introducing two new light elements: Geniusand Leaf. Buzzi & Buzzi was founded in 1990, and it is specialised in inset lighting fixtures, which combine technology and design, aesthetic and functionality. It often collaborates with famous brands to realise hospitality and retail interiors, such as Bulgari, Armani and Chanel. Incontriamo Andrea allo stand della Central St. Martins University, where he tells us about the company and his light concept.

Good afternoon Mr Buzzi, can you please introduce the  lighting company Buzzi&Buzzi?

Buzzi&Buzzi is specialised in inset lighting. We offer an invisible product, which gets a wide slice of the market, especially in the architecture sector. The traditional inset lights have got a metal core, which, once fixed and integrated to the wall, grows larger, causing a visible crack on the wall surface. The same happens when the light bodies are in gypsum or cement. The necessity of the architects to find a material with no expansion and that could maintain a perfect look was alive since a long time. Today, thanks to the material  Coral®, we can create inset lights that we can cut, level and finish in the way you like the most. We speak to the architect first rather then getting in touch with the retailer, because our lights are a tool to highlight spaces rather then decorative pieces.

Can you define Coral®? In which way is it different from Corian?

Coral® is the new plastic material patented by us and born 15 years ago thanks to a collaboration with a chemistry company that developed the material for us. Coral® is the first of four materials of the same series, and it distinguishes for the lack of expansion and the possibility of being painted in any colour once installed. AirCoral®l instead was born just 3 years ago, it is an evolution of the first one, but it is different because it is also bio-active, anti-pollution and anti-bacterial, created first with the idea of using it in the hospitals, today it is widely used in hospitality as well, for client like Sheraton, Marriott, Ermanno Scervino and Chanel.DurCoral® is instead born for outdoors, it is anti-vandalistic, and resistant to salinity. It is stronger then the metal itself, since it does not get scratches.

The difference with Corian is that the latter can be coloured only in paste and not after, moreover it can be used and work only as slates. WithCoral® instead you can make up complex forms thanks to the possibility to manufacture it in moulds, and it can be finished and coloured once it is installed.

Can you please introduce us your latest light Genius?

Genius is a light fixture able to release up to 1000 lumen from a hole of 2 cm radius. A goal we reached thanks to an innovative maintenance system invented by us, which allowed to eliminate the traditional big heat sink and substitute it with a new piston LED. This mechanism allows you to change the LED light simply making pressure and unscrewing it, its golden contacts will then slide on the golden guides,and you will be able to change the light without breaking any surface or without the use of any trap door. Here the idea is to zero the product, to make light for us means to create the beam of light with no surroundings, we do not want anything sticked to the wall. This is a very well appreciated system by retail brands, which want their clothes to be the only protagonists, so the architecture around is almost invisible. Sometimes architects make compositions with our minimalistic products but the idea is to not propose any design, it is the architect that decides if the light fixture is going to be the protagonist or if, instead, is going to disappear in favour of a pure light beam.

What’s the advantage to use your products?

Coral® is certified by the TCNA (Tile Council of North America) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and it is able to purify the air contributing to improve the quality of life. The buildings in USA and UK today get certifications according to the materials they use during construction, that gives the possibility to distinguish a building from its copy made with low quality materials. The final value of the certificate given to a building is decided according to how many high quality materials have been involved from different companies. Our product has also a long guarantee thanks to the high level of performance.

Since you have close collaborations with architects, do you also do lighting projects for them?

Yes, we also develop lighting designs for our clients, once we receive the CAD file from them we realise a proposal with the quantitative calculation of the light necessary to the space, as well as a rendering which shows the effect of the lights, and eventually a video with the pathway through the space. In this case the architects get in touch both with the product and the assistance offered by the company to their project. Therefore most of the time the architecture studio start a collaboration with us because it knows it has got a partner, and in this way we build up a relationship. In the past we were  focused only on production and distribution, while today we do a lot of lighting design, it’s four years we have five designers working full time only on lighting projects.