On the occasion of its second birthday Plato Design launched Basic TWELVE, a line of concrete and wood modular magnetic lamps, including table and ceiling lamps, all obtained by the repetition of a polyhedral shape. The name Basic TWELVE refers to its dodecahedron shape. The choice of a dodecahedron is due to the fact that these solids can be combined in several ways, creating organic and unexpected shapes.
The design arises from considering the current way of living, where spaces at home and at work are often multifunctional and shared and where housing changes are frequent. BasicTWELVE lamps are designed to meet different and continuously changing requirements,thanks to their magnetic connections.The magnets on the sides of the dodecahedron-shaped module have a two-fold purpose: they allow to connect two or more modules together and also allow the lamps to attach to any metal surface such as shelves or fridges.
Additionally, once joined together, the modulescan be rotated to direct light where one wishes.The diversity inthe lighting system is ensured by three factors: lamp typology, number of modules and material of each element. The available types are two:table lamp orceiling lamp. The number of modules of each system can vary from one to five, resulting in the modelsBasic TWELVESolo, Duo, Trio andQuintet, whose names are a clear reference to musical ensembles.
Finally, the material of each single module can be either beechwood and concrete, two materials with an opposite nature but that are mutually complementary.In this manner, a lamp can fit different styles, from the”hygge” one,entirely made of wooden modules, to the industrial one,made of concrete elements, including all the nuances in between, obtained by mixing the two materials in different proportions.
Design: Alessandro Mattei, Caterina Naglieri / Plato Design
Photography: Luca Ferrante