In 2014, partners in work and life, Cristiana and Christopher, opened the metaphorical doors to their lighting studio in Treviso, Italy – Giopato & Coombes. An architect and a designer by trade, years of designing for others gave them plenty of experience, and they were fast learners once on their own. They launched their first collection later that same year, creating a multi-sensorial object with a touch of magic. Earlier this month, Giopato & Coombes’ work was on display during Milan Design Week in the Fragments of Infinity exhibit at their own gallery.

The studio merges layers of Venetian artisanal manufacturing and advanced light engines to bring to life the pieces they create through a connection of heart and mind. Glass, brass and marble are the cornerstones of what they create, using plenty of detail to make Giopato & Coombes’ lighting objects appear to float in space and time. Hidden inserts of advanced materials – kevlar, aeronautical grade stainless steel and 3D printing – and techniques, along with hidden light sources, make each piece feel otherworldly.

Passion drives us to create and tirelessly investigate the mix of ingredients. This passion pushes us to face new challenges, to create something unconventional, even if at first glance you have the impression it belongs to your past.

light fixture exhibit inside marble and stone space

light fixture exhibit inside marble and stone space

light fixture exhibit inside marble and stone space

light fixture exhibit inside marble and stone space

light fixture exhibit inside marble and stone space

light fixture exhibit inside marble and stone space

detail of light fixture exhibit inside marble and stone space

detail of light fixture

detail of light fixture

detail of light fixture

two lighted skinned people wearing black clothes posing with a light fixture in a dark space

Cristiana and Christopher

To learn more about Giopato & Coombes, visit giopatocoombes.com.

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