Davide Groppi @ Salone Milan 2017

Davide Groppi @ Salone Milan 2017

“This collection represents a kind of rebirth for me, in the sense that it has felt like we have found a new way of creating and interpreting light.

The ideas for these new lamps arrived as if by grace, after a long period of gestation.

This period was necessary to be able to re-evaluate and appreciate more deeply the “primordial” aspect of my need to make lamps.

On one hand, I would like simply to make beautiful light.

On the other, I need to communicate using light, narrating stories and creating metaphors.

 I have done all this focusing on simplicity, but at the same time making use of creativity and a spirit of invention, which have always been a big part of my work and made it unique”

– Davide Groppi

Davide Groppi takes his luminous creativity to Euroluce, the most important trade show for lighting design, during Milan Design Week 2017.

He presents his classic creations together with the latest in sophisticated lighting design, all developed with the poetry that has always distinguished Davide Groppi.

It is easy to see the similarities between his vision and that of Scandinavian Functionalism. His elegant, modern lighting creations have been put side by side with the Northern European furniture and memorabilia from that era.

Moving from lamp to lamp becomes a kind of journey to find a common matrix between what lights and what is lit. It is based on a design firmly anchored in simplicity, weightlessness, emotion and inventiveness, but it also involves the search for “high-quality living” applied to daily life. This is what has made the aesthetics of Northern design so extraordinary.

He showcases Infinito, the third and last episode of the Davide Groppi trilogy that deals with the fundamental states of light: direct (the Nulla project), diffused (the Pablo project) and indirect light (the Infinito project).



2017 Collection


Morsetto designed by Davide Groppi

A “pop” project. Besides being a perfect lighting tool, it is also a “ready-made” or conceptual reinterpretation.

Thanks to the support of a large lever clamp of the type you might find in a workshop, the light source has been positioned far from where the lamp is attached to the table, utilising three adjustable arms.

Morsetto is a table lamp, but at the same time, it is also a very lightweight, suspended light.

It’s a lamp that appears to be in flight, like a bird in the forest.

Morsetto can be positioned, balanced and turned, but overall it produces a beautiful light on the table.


QuiQuoQua: the light where you want it! Designed by Davide Groppi

It’s a new kind of suspension lamp with a rechargeable battery. The light source is applied magnetically to a metal dish that hangs from the ceiling using a very thin steel wire.

The effect is delicately elegant. QuiQuoQua allows light to be taken where it is needed, without the limitation of electric wires.


Tetatet Flûte designed by Davide Groppi

This is an evolution of our Tetatet lamp. We have put into use a rechargeable Lithium battery that allows the support column of the lamp to be practically “invisible”.

The head of the lamp, where the battery is located, is lightweight and appears to be floating in air. The effect is innovative and magical.

The support column is made of glass. The Tetatet Flûte lamp fits perfectly with an elegant “mis en place”, bestowing beauty and spontaneity to any table.


Hashi designed by Federico Delrosso

Hashi is a floor lamp conceived to provide direct light in a simple and flexible manner.

Its principle component is the pivot point between two “chopsticks” (Hashi) that serve as light sources.

The two sticks can be positioned in different ways, creating a strong, graphic effect in space.

Particular care has been given to the proportions. The sticks always appear lightweight and balanced.


Infinito and Flash projects are all part of a system.

It’s a system that breaks down the actual lamp and light source, turning it into something else, leaving only a trace, a line and then not even that. It becomes, finally, a concept: light only.

This project pays homage to the art of Lucio Fontana and his spatial concepts. A thin strip of metal “cuts” the space to produce indirect light and direct light.

The graphic force of this system is surprising. It can be integrated into space, but at the same time it becomes part of that space.



Infinito designed by Davide Groppi

Infinito is thinner, almost as if wanting to become something else, or disappear altogether.

Light is expressed by dematerializing the lamp, changing it into something more than just an object of attention, leaving only a trace, a line and not even that.

The graphic strength of fin is impressive. It is simple and at the same time present in space. Infinito is not a lamp. It is a solution designed to solve lighting problems.

Infinito is a spatial concept; it is continuous light; it is essence and absence.

A thin strip made of stainless steel a mere 18 mm in width “cuts” the space to produce indirect light.

It is possible to adapt Infinito to various situations, stretching it from wall to wall or ceiling to floor, according to one’s taste or needs.

It comes in strips up to 12 m in length. It is especially effective when combined with Nulla: point and line. It is possible to cut, pull and position the strip from wall to wall or from ceiling to floor.


Flash designed by Davide Groppi

It is Infinito turned around, creating direct light that flows downward from the light source.

The stainless steel strip, 9 mm in width, can be stretched up to 12 m in length.

Flash, whose name pays hommage to the famous comic book superhero of the same name who can run seven times the speed of light, is the ideal solution for direct illumination of spaces with very high ceilings.


Pablo designed by Davide Groppi

Pablo is a painting made from diffused light. It is a luminous panel without a frame, leaning against the wall as if it were waiting to be hung.

Different colours can be chosen to display and the intensity of the light can also be regulated.


Tomoko designed by Amedeo Cavalchini with Noemi Lattanzio

“Daughter of the morning”. Tomoko is the result of lengthy research in the field of light and well-being and the benefits of natural light reproduced artificially.

A roy of light appears to shine into a room from a window, resting casually on the surface of a lamp and lighting the surrounding area.

lt is possible to re-create sunlight from different times of the day by turning a knob.


Simbiosi designed by Davide Groppi

This is a de-structured lamp that you can put back together as you like.

It’s a kind of magic act made possible thanks to luminous diodes that have been connected in series using wires that are practically invisible




About Davide Groppi

It all started in a small laboratory in the historical centre of the Italian town of Piacenza during the late 1980’s. 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 and passionate, 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 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 and the 24th edition of the ADI Compasso D’Oro Mention of Honour Award for TETATET. The ADI Compasso d’Oro Award is considered the oldest and most prestigious recognition for design in the world.

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