Ryosuke’s ‘Pivot’ allows multiple styling configurations
Pivot by Ryosuke Fukusada
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Axolight
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Ryosuke’s ‘Pivot’ allows multiple styling configurations

The Japanese designer weaves a modular lighting story for the Milan Design Week 2022 with infinite possibilities of creating geometric shapes.

by Ryosuke Fukusada
Published on : May 24, 2022

Milan Design Week is all set to witness a wide assortment of designers and artists coming together to portray their adaptation of art and design, unique in their approaches but woven together as a single community of established alongside young avant-garde inventors. One such display will be of the Japanese designerRyosuke Fukusada for Axolight. Based in Italy and the United States, Axolight is a lighting company, which designs and produces high-end designer lamps. Design, technique and functionality are the main elements of the company's vision. Ryosuke's lighting system 'Pivot' for Axolight, launched in 2021, will be showcased during the Milan Design Week at the lighting company's showroom located in the centre of Milan near San Babila station.

Looking into the design and conceptualisation of the Pivot light, the beauty of Pivot lies in the infinite styling and lighting possibilities, all of which can be created starting from a single lighting spot. The system of the pivot light is defined by three structural elements including a small cylinder containing the LED source and lens, whose shape resembles the Japanese hishaku - a slender water ladle. Alongside, two stacked pivoting rings are also present that allow the interconnection of every single lighting element using tubular metal connectors inserted in some holes predisposed on the rings.

These elements are then put together in a modular and linear system with the possibility to attach a total of ten light sources, five on each side of the central hub. The complete freedom of rotation of the two stacked rings makes it possible for the system to create infinite geometrical shapes, bringing light wherever it might be needed. Consequently, Pivot becomes a playful structural element in space, very suitable to define spaces, both from a lighting and architectural perspective.

In the standard version, each system can host from two up to ten light sources. Each metal tubular connector will be available in 14, 25 and 39-inch lengths. The Pivot system, which in its standard configuration can be extended up to 33 ft, has been designed to be easily shortened or prolonged for custom versions.

Ryosuke Fukusada is a Japanese product designer born in Osaka, in 1979. After graduating from Kanazawa College of Art and Design in 2002, he went on to work for Sharp Corporation as a designer of consumer electronic goods until 2007. The same year he moved to Italy where he completed a Masters's Degree in Interior and Living Design at Domus Academy. From 2008 Fukusada assisted Patricia Urquiola at Studio Urquiola in Milan, where he experienced projects involving furniture, lighting, kitchenware and interior products with famous Italian manufacturers. In 2012, he returned to Japan and established the Fukusada Studio in Kyoto. Ryosuke currently works with numerous domestic clients and has a track record of projects with many international companies from Italy and Denmark. At present, he offers a wide range of designs such as furniture, lighting and household goods that have won numerous international design awards.

STIR takes you on a Milanese sojourn! Experience Salone del Mobile and all the design districts - 5vie, Brera, Fuorisalone, Isola, Zona Tortona, and Durini - with us. STIR’s coverage of Milan Design Week 2022, Meanwhile in Milan showcases the best exhibits, moods, studios, events, and folks to look out for. We are also excited to announce our very own STIR press booth at Salone del Mobile - Hall 5/7 S.14, Fiera Milano RHO.

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