Basic Twelve by Plato Design
On the occasion of its second birthday Plato Design launched Basic TWELVE, a line of concrete and wood modular magnetic lamps, including table and ceiling lamps, all obtained by the repetition of a polyhedral shape
Designed by Plato Design
Photography by Luca Ferrante
The name Basic TWELVE refers to its dodecahedron shape. The choice of a dodecahedron is due to the fact that these solids can be combined in several ways, creating organic and unexpected shapes.
The design arises from considering the current way of living , where spaces at home and at work are often multifunctional and shared and where housing changes are frequent.
Basic TWELVE lamps are designed to meet different and continuously changing requirements , thanks to their magnetic connections.
The magnets on the sides of the dodecahedron - shaped module have a two - fold purpose : they allow to connect two or more modules together and also allow the lamps to attach to any metal surface such as shelves or fridges . Additionally, once joined together, the module s can be rotated to direct light where one wishes.
The diversity in the lighting system is ensured by three factors: lamp typology, number of modules and material of each element. The available types are two: table lamp or ceiling lamp. The number of modules of each system can vary from one to five, resulting in the models Basic TWELVE Solo, Duo, Trio and Quintet , whose names are a clear reference to musical ensembles.
Finally , the material of each single module can be either beechwood and concrete, two materials with an opposite nature but that are mutually complementary.
In this manner, a lamp can fit different styles, from the "hygge" one, entirely made of wooden modules, to the industrial one , made of concrete elements, including a ll the nuances in between, obtained by mixing the two materials in different proportions.