The new variant of the Avveni modular lighting system – designed by Michael Schmidt, Matthias Kordwig and Ulrich Sattler – is a table and floor lamp named Avveni Concrete.
The lamp features a moveable light head, resting on an unostentatious, cylindrical concrete stand. The light head retains its lightness and flexibility through a magnetic ball joint, in contrast to the sturdy base formed from fair-faced concrete.
A lot of experimentation was undertaken by the Sattler designers to ensure that the original character of the concrete was retained and the appealing structure of the concrete, with its cavities and bubbles, provides a harmonious polarity with the well-proportioned surface of the light head, which is available in brushed and anodised, or polished aluminium.
The design of the magnetic ball joint was inspired by the mobility of the human shoulder. It connects the lamp base with the light head, which can be exchanged at any time and rotated by 360° as well as tilted by 180°. This extraordinary flexibility is visually balanced by the simple cylindrical shape of the stand.
The light head, seemingly dancing on the grey stand, is customarily available as a prism disk for general lighting or as an individual spot light with different beam angles. A sophisticated add-on inspires different uses: the lamp base contains a holder, which instantly turns the Avveni Concrete into a wall lamp.
In 2016 the Avveni lighting system received the highest award in the category of lighting by the Design Center Baden-Württemberg. An independent jury emphasised that the modular design offered the “potentiality for further variants by the use of identically clear, yet sculptural design language”.
By creating the Avveni Concrete luminaire, both Ulrich Sattler and Michael Schmidt (code2design) have demonstrated yet another use of the lighting system and its realisation with the usual perfection in every detail.
Conceptualised as a product family, the Avveni lighting system has also received the iF Design Award 2017, the Stevie Award 2017 as well as the German Design Award 2017. Furthermore, the Avveni Concrete was honoured with the darc award DECORATIVE in the “Floor Lamp” category.