Made of recycled material, the Via Lattea collection includes a series of sofas and simple seats (like cushions) filled with transparent bubbles of pure air and “sidereal light”. The outdoor furniture that glows in the dark, designed by Mario Bellini is definitely going to produce a “wow” effect among those who are fond of avant-garde furnishings. “This is a project based on the pursuit of lightness and simplicity applied to the elastic balance between internal pressure and the dynamic loads of the body mediated by the form of the coverings. It is a project that goes against the general trend and is in constant evolution, based on the use of substances and materials that are alien to the traditional world of padded furniture.”
Everything about this collection is simple: from the materials used (recycled steel mesh and fibres from the packaging used to transport ingredients such as sugar or grain) to the design line. The cool glowing effect is the result of the coloured LED lights placed inside. With this collection the designer aims to break rules and transcend traditions. In case you want to bring an additional source of light inside your house, any piece of this collection could be one of the many possible solutions. When it comes to prices, well, Via Lattea doesn’t come cheap: a three-piece sofa, for instance, will cost you $7,800.