Davide Groppi chose Milan Design Week 2016 to present “ WIRELESS IS MORE ” – the result of an ongoing search to express poetry and meaning through creative lighting.
The choice to apply wireless technology has allowed the development of creations that are closer to people and their specific needs, going beyond the limits imposed by electric wires.
The lamps that make up the ” WIRELESS IS MORE “ project are unique in their poetic vision, focusing not only on their aesthetic value, but also on the intrinsic meaning of light in general, conceived through simplicity: weightlessness, emotion and creative ingenuity.
“The ideal light for each of us is the one that is closest to us, always within reach. Anytime and anywhere. It is the light that follows us, but also that which lights our way. It is our own personal light”….. Davide Groppi
2016 New Products
“PoPuP is a project that combines two of my great passions: light e music.
PoPuP gives you the possibility of having “your” music and “your” light wherever and whenever you want it thanks to power supply by a rechargeable battery.
The technical characteristics of this design make PoPuP quite exceptional compared to other light projects we have developed so far.
PoPuP creates an exciting musical experience, taking advantage of a wide range of clear, dynamic sounds, while at the same time providing a natural light of incredible allure.”
The music you listen to on PoPuP can come from any device via wireless technology.
The light and music have different controls and can function separately.
2 W LED – 3000K – 237 lm
5 W AUDIO – 50 / 20000 Hz
Rechargeable battery 12 V NiMH 2700 mAh
Magnetic (anchoring) base
Battery life: 12 hours for light only and 30 hours for audio only at medium volume.
“Infinito was designed based on a concept of space. It is a homage to Lucio Fontana.
A thin line cuts through space and defines its volume.
To arrive at this concept, I developed the idea of a light without boundaries. I wanted to express only its essence and poetry.
Infinito, from my way of looking at things, is pure light.”
This project was designed using a thin strip of composite and dissipative material (18 mm in width).
It is a simple “LED strip” with two tighteners at each end.
Infinito is a system. It is possible to cut the strip to whatever length is desired and position it horizontally or vertically on the wall or on the ceiling.
Infinito is available as white light or with an RGB controlled system
24 V DC – 46 W LED (6 metre strip divisible) – 3000K – 3600 lm
Available upon request at up to 12 metres in length
1 / 10 V – Dali – Push Dimmable
Solemio came about by contemplating and working with natural light. It evokes the colour blue of the sky and the light of the sun.
It is a ray of light that can be directed wherever one wants it.
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” … Pablo Picasso
100 / 240 V – 50 / 60 Hz – 28 W LED – 3000K – 2800 lm
1 / 10 V – Dali – Push Dimmable
Dot, Trick Track, Mini – ( technical lighting )
We often talk about lighting in technical terms, but we believe light should not be classified.
The rather “technical” collection we are presenting here is the synthesis of years of experience conceptualising and creating lighting projects.
What we are offering in this collection are tools designed to create light in a practical and functional way: tools of light.
We like the “less is more” approach to generate a certain kind of light. To do this, you need the right instruments, designed and constructed appropriately.
Light + Build Frankfurt
Recently we needed to look closely to people who like to live with our light.
For this reason, in 2012 we launched the project “Spazio Esperienze”.
That is the idea of opening some places where you can experience Davide Groppi entirely. A place opened to designers, but also to people who like to know us deeply or to bring our light in their lives.
To catch the spirit of our job and to realize that the lamps don’t come out magically, but they are the result of intelligence and creativity, work and organization, passion, heart and brain.
We want to have people to go through the four basic components of our design: simplicity, lightness, emotion, invention.
And to have people understand how, with coherence and diversity, we build our world.
Davide Groppi Biography
It all started in a small laboratory in the historical centre of the Italian town of Piacenza during the late 1980s. Davide Groppi was inventing and producing his first lamps and decided simply to use his own name for the name of the company.
Creative independence, passion and unconventional management have allowed him, over time, to learn and develop his own brand of original and unique products, currently distributed the world over.
Simplicity, weightlessness, emotion and creative invention are the fundamental components of each lamp or lighting project designed by Davide Groppi.
Davide Groppi creations are never conceived as just lights or lamps. They come about through the need to give life to something that is necessary or significant. Some of the things that inspire these ideas are works of art, ready-made objects, magic, the desire to make things with his hands or simply the urge to play and have fun with light.
Light in the hands of Davide Groppi is a wonderful way to seduce and excite.
He has always worked with a faithful group of collaborators who share his vision and help him to develop ideas and bring them to fruition. Over the course of many years of experience, Davide Groppi has developed various products and shows in collaboration with companies specialising in design such as De Padova, Boffi, Paola Lenti and Christofle.
There have also been many international projects the world over, including the illumination of houses, stores and museums.
Davide Groppi has been particularly active in the area of hospitality (hotels and restaurants).
Some of the most famous chefs in the world have chosen lighting solutions by Davide Groppi for their venues, including Massimo Bottura, Massimiliano Alajmo, Moreno Cedroni and Giancarlo Perbellini.
Davide Groppi has also been recognised for excellence by the press and received prestigious awards for his lighting creations, including the Edida Award in 2011 for the Sampei lamp, the Design Plus Award in 2014 for the Neuro lamp, as well as two awards at the 23rd edition of the ADI Compasso d’Oro
Awards for the Nulla lamp and for the Sampei lamp.
The ADI Compasso d’Oro Award is considered the oldest and most prestigious recognition for design in the world.
DAVIDE GROPPI …….
“I was born in a summer’s day of 1963.
My parents decided to call me Davide without considering I would be making lamps and working with light for the better part of my life.
In fact, my name backwards is Edivad, which is a lot closer to Edison than Davide is to Thomas, so it worked out in the end.
For a guy who works with Edison light bulbs, with a little creative imagination, you might even think of Edivad as a sign of destiny … Nomen Omen.
My father taught me not only how to put things together and create from spare parts, but also how to appreciate beauty and construct things solidly.
Together, we built a pinball machine, a telegraph and … a lamp.
I began working in the field of mechanical design in 1985, but it was only in 1988 that I began conceiving, putting together and selling lamps on my own.
I don’t really know why it had to be lamps and not something else. One thing is for sure: lamps gave me a great opportunity to express my personality and make a practical living of it.
My first laboratory was a little room in the centre of Piacenza, Italy.
Then, in 1994, I had the great fortune of meeting Maddalena De Padova, who, without any explanation, decided to purchase 40 prototypes of one of my lamps (Baloo) and exhibit them at the trade show “Salone del Mobile” in Milano.
It was an exciting moment in my career I will never forget because only then did I realise I could be successful at doing what I had dreamed of.
After that, I met other people who promised to distribute what I was making. Prestigious companies became interested in my lamps and collaborations with firms such as Boffi, Mutina, Paola Lenti, Agatha Ruiz De La Prada and, more recently, Christofle, helped to create an international distribution network for Davide Groppi creations.
Of course, I have not been alone in this venture.
My collaborators have been instrumental in helping me to prosper and grow.
They are great people with whom I work every day to develop our projects and make our dreams come true.”