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Designer name: Petrobelli, Paola
Paola Petrobelli was born in Padua, trained as a biochemist and was a champion in international motor-racing for many years. She moved to London in 1991, left both her high level medical research and motor racing and never looked back, becoming a glass designer in 1999. Collaborating with the same Murano glass maker since her beginnings, Petrobelli works in simple and rigorous sensuous shapes that express the architectural formal qualities of the glass which she emphasizes through her sophisticated use of colours. She rejects the purely decorative glasswork in favour of functional objects such as floor or tables lamps, suspensions, table ware and vessels. Petrobelli has worked on commissions for prestigious domestic projects in the United Kingdom and in Italy, often connected to major players of the contemporary art world. She is also involved in public design projects, and for example recently created the lights for the Club at the Ivy in London. Petrobelli was delighted to conceive and develop limited editions for Perimeter Editions, as they allow her to reach a wider audience, and she presents a collection of three lamps and a vessel: The Contenitore vases are made from two intertwined vessels of different subtle hues and are proposed in three different luscious colour combinations, including a striking Yves Saint Laurent-ish combination of tangerine and amethyst. Although each can be purchased individually, Petrobelli likes to assemble the cylindrical suspensions C62 in groups of three strong primary colours. The versatile D40 and D50 light features can be used either as either table or floor lights, or as suspension lights and are offered in an appetising palette of five colours.


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