Ti­me light

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - English Text - words by Pao­la Ca­ri­ma­ti

It’s cal­led Can­de­la: the work of art crea­ted by a team of Bri­ti­sh crea­ti­ves for Of­fi­ci­ne Pa­ne­rai. Now part of the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of the Trien­na­le in Mi­lan, it is a ray of light that pier­ces the abyss Can­de­la is the work Of­fi­ci­ne Pa­ne­rai pre­sen­ted at the la­st edi­tion of the Sa­lo­ne del Mo­bi­le, crea­ted in col­la­bo­ra­tion by th­ree Bri­ti­sh ta­len­ts — de­si­gner Fe­lix de Pass, gra­phic de­si­gner Mi­chael Mont­go­me­ry and ce­ra­mi­ci­st Ian McIn­ty­re. Pre­viou­sly pre­sen­ted at the V& A mu­seum in Lon­don, the in­stal­la­tion was set up la­st April on the ground floor of the Pa­laz­zo dell’Ar­te, for the ‘ Light in the Dar­k­ness’ event. The in­stal­la­tion plays wi­th the uni­que tech­ni­cal cha­rac­te­ri­stics of so­me of Pa­ne­rai’s wat­ch mo­dels: the Lu­mi­nor Sub­mer­si­ble 1950 Car­bo­te­chTM 3 Days Au­to­ma­tic, wi­th a car­bo­te­ch ca­se, and the Lu­mi­nor Sub­mer­si­ble 1950 Ama­gne­tic 3 Days Au­to­ma­tic Ti­ta­nio. Im­mer­sion in the dar­ke­st dep­ths see­med the na­tu­ral way to ex­hi­bit the per­for­man­ce of this col­lec­tion: an ima­gi­na­ry jour­ney gui­ded by the gleam of Can­de­la, who­se na­me is a re­fe­ren­ce to the stan­dard mea­su­re­ment unit for lu­mi­nous in­ten­si­ty. The work con­sists of a ra­dial struc­tu­re of 60 ele­men­ts joi­ned to­ge­ther to form a mul­ti- fa­ce­ted wat­ch fa­ce. As ti­me pas­ses, ea­ch sec­tion of the wheel is hit by a char­ge of light, lea­ving an im­pres­sion that emi­ts a glow, at fir­st in­ten­se, then gra­dual­ly fa­ding un­til it fi­nal­ly di­sap­pears al­to­ge­ther.

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