SERVOMUTO are graphic designer Alessandro Poli and architect Francesca De Giorgi, who togheter, have been designing and producing lampshades since 2007. The duo are inspired by vintage forms re- searched from an archive that dates back more than 50 years, they then re-interpret the old style of lampshades adding unusual trimmings to salvaged materials such as army blankets, old velvet theatre curtains or screenprint fabrics with innovative and provocative images commisioned from artists with whom they collaborate.
Francesca’s small family company was born with her grand-parents in 1960 and it still produces the lampshades, continuing to produce them completely by hand.Each lampshade is made just as it was 40 years ago, by the same methods and with the same attention to detail, in addition to those meticulous finishes of the Florentine tradition. Their artisans work to the highest level, in order to create an item which entirely reflects those features characteristic of an Haute Couture object.The iron structure is hand-curved and the finishes are hand-stitched. The making of every single lampshade entails a lengthy process to ensure that it fits perfectly.
The main idea at SERVOMUTO is to put together handmade lampshades employing their most classic shapes, with printed and unusual fabrics to create a new and unique mix; the result maintains the original, romantic mood while transforming it by way of contemporary content.
Francesca and Alessandro research and collect authentic, antique fabrics, clothing and embroidery from the past, waiting for just the right moment and perfect shape to give birth to a new, astonishing lampshade which gives a flavour of times long gone and strengths of contemporary strata.
SERVOMUTO also collaborates with other craftsmen such as carpenters, metal-smiths, electricians and decorators to create their projects, adding further skills to their own, thereby placing an emphasis on the value of craftsmanship
In the last few years SERVOMUTO has collaborated with many internationally renowned artists, designers, architects, brands and fashion designers to create a real and powerful synergy between those who commission and those who produce. SERVOMUTO accompanies their projects, starting with the initial idea, through realization to production, in order to satisfy the customer’s utmost requirements. To name some of the best known designers we have worked with: Paola Navone for Baxter and Alcantara, or Mr Christian Lacroix. In the collaboration process SERVOMUTO suggests practical and aesthetic solutions to its clients, so that their ideas can become more than simply real objects, in addition they always exhibit a strong, personal touch, such that the completed lampshade is also the result of a dialogue between customer and maker. Key, winning elements at SERVOMUTO are their superb combinations of trimmings, outsized shapes and a use of strong images.