The Vaghe Stelle chandelier by Antoni de Moragas i Spa (pictured left) was created specifically for Brasserie FLO in 1982. Inspired both by medieval architecture and the designs of the Viennese Secessionists Joseph Maria Olbrich and Adolf Loos, Vaghe Stelle also has literay roots, taking its name from Giacomo Leopardi's poem Le Ricordanze, which refers to the Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa.
Founded in 1985 by Nina Maso, Gabriel Ordeig and Javier Nieto, Barcelona-based lighting brand Santa & Cole has, over the last three decades, developed an impressive catalogue of contemporary and historic lighting by Spanish and internationally recognised designers. As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, this year, the company has reissued its Vaghe Stelle chandelier, originally designed in collaboration with renowned architect Antoni de Moragas i Spa. The son of architect Antoni de Moragas i Gallissa - one of the leading figures in the architectural renovation of post-war Spain, and one of the cornerstones of modernity - Antoni de Moragas i Spa has won several awards for architecture and interior design during his career and has, throughout, combined his work as an architect with teaching, and interior and furniture design.
Reflecting on the Vaghe Stelle's roots, he tells darc how the initial brief for the chandelier arrived when he received a commission from restaurant owner Jean Paul Bucher, to convert an old textile warehouse in Barcelona into a restaurant – the Brasserie FLO. “I was in charge of the overall design of the restaurant and our relationship was a positive experience from the outset,” Moragas tells darc. “He was very open to my proposals, apart from the lighting initially. My design included a series of white glass globes to which Bucher said: ‘Monsieur Moragas: pas de boules’ (Mr Moragas, no balls). And so, he provided the solution – 'create the lighting yourself.' That was how the Vaghe Stelle came to be.” Inspired both by medieval architecture and the designs of Viennese Secessionists Joseph Maria Olbrich and Adolf Loos, Vaghe Stelle
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