Musca. Self-designed, self-made.
Musca is a project which combines two design and production approaches - digital and manual.
End products are luminous bodies with geometry shaped using computational design softwares, produced with computer controlled machines and assembled manually. Design of the lamps is inspired by nature and takes human size into account.
The first lamp was designed and made in 2010, since then Musca is developing.
Alessandro Storari. Italian, architect, designer, musician.
Alessandro was born in Soave, close to Verona, Italy. He studied architecture at "I.U.A.V. - Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia" in Italy and at "TU-Wien - Technical University Vienna", in Austria.
He graduated in Architecture in 2011 with Will Alsop.
Since 2001 he worked in several architectural offices, in set construction for theatre and with product & industrial designers.
Currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
Design inspired by nature.
All products are self-designed and mostly self made, what makes every piece unique. The process starts with a sketch, which is transformed to digital form with help of computer- aided design application software. Further, this forms are brought to reality with help of laser technology and manual assembly.
For light emitting body LED light bulbs are used which makes MUSCA Lamps energy efficient and long lasting.
/ Why Musca?
The known renaissance architect Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) spent his life designing sacral architecture and questioning it at the same time. Besides architecture, Alberti was very passionate about music, which was considered the highest expression of the human being in terms of art. Inspired by the rediscovered and reinvestigated Pythagorean theorems, which also explains how music is determined with mathematical rules, the same rules which define the order of the universe, Alberti wrote: "Now those numbers which have the power to give to the sound the concinnitas - superior universal harmony - which succeeds so pleasant to the ear, are the same which can fill with admirable joy the eyes and our spirit".
Around the end of the 15th century Alberti wrote a letter titled "Musca" - the fly, Latin - to a friend.
The text was about philosophy, architecture, music and... animals.
Trying to clarify his perception of music, Alberti looked for an answer investigating nature, specifically writing in his letter about insects - a bee, noble and meaningful creature - and a fly, seemingly a senseless presence, but for the author a creature that deserves our attention and appreciation.
At the end of the letter Alberti stated that the root of the word "musica" - music - doesn't come from Muse (Greek divinity), but comes from the word "musca" (the fly) because of its buzzing - "The fly which invented the harmony and the singing".
It is hard to determine if the root of the word music is musca or not, but this romantic idea that from one of the smallest, most annoying and apparently insignificant insect of the nature, the highest expression of the human being in terms of art can be created, wipes the limits of what and by whom can be created.
And so one man created MUSCA.
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