Chapels and churches in Italy are as plentiful as pigeons in London’s Trafalgar Square. But unlike those plucky birds, the gorgeous gray cupola domes are magnificent awe-inspiring structures, with character and charm unique to each part of the country.
Many of the domes feature intricate stonework and detailing, but even the simplest of them share something incredible; the architecture inspired by the power of a higher being. The art that adorns them is inspired from a place of love and devotion. I am in wonder at the skill and beauty of the mosaics and paintings you can find wandering from church to church.
Studio AmeBE is a design firm from Italy, taking the wonder of the large dome from Saint Peter’s Basilica and transforming it into this stunning dome chandelier.
Design duo Alessandra Mantovani and Eleonora Barbareschi founded Studio AmeBE in 2008. They flit between conventional design projects and experimenting with different forms of expression.
Milan Design Week
Cupola, and light it was! is a suspended dome chandelier lamp that was on display at the 2016 Milano Design Week. It’s such a hyper-realistic reproduction of the dome, I did a double take when I first saw it. The hand painted dome lamps are stunning, and available as part of a limited edition of 15.
“We trust in a new renaissance” explain Studio AmeBE. After various working experiences abroad the founders returned to Italy to live and work together. They focus on branding, logos and packaging design as well as product design. The Cupola installation won the 5vie award, a design competition in Milan. Other work of theirs includes the “Finger-Dip”, a single-use food-grade latex finger cap that were entirely sold out. The product allows people to eat with their hands, instead of using gloves, and went on to win the Red Dot Product Design Award 2010.
“This project is the demonstration of the existence of a healthy Italian system of know how, a universal language that speaks to the entire world.” – Studio AMeBE
All things considered, it’s incredible to see the dome chandelier. It’s testimony to the design duo’s creativity and artistic skill that their hand painted religious scenes and ornately detailed exterior stands out. From certain angles you could almost believe it’s the real thing!