As a little girl, Israeli-born designer Hagit Pincovici would play in her grandparents’ Tel Aviv atelier, running between colourful sheets of plexiglass that would eventually be molded into trays, frames, and furniture. “When my grandfather left Romania for Israel, he brought the recipe for making plexiglass and I remember it was a kind of paradise looking through all the colourful pieces,” says Pincovici.
An industrial design graduate from the renowned Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem, Pincovici worked her way up as head of product development for Israeli lighting design company Aqua Creations, organizing their exhibition at the annual Salone del Mobile, in Milan. “I fell in love with the Italian spirit of creativity,” says Pincovici, who then decided to relocate to Italy.
Having opened her own studio in the town of Brianza in 2014, Pincovici became the third generation of makers in her family and has since become known for the dramatic colour combinations found throughout her furniture and lighting pieces, all handcrafted in Italy. “You know, I started with family, and everyone I work with in Italy are also second and third generation in their trades. I have the greatest respect for the traditions of handmade,” she says.
Pincovici’s furniture creations call to mind a distinctly art deco glamour; elegant, streamlined geometric pieces are finished with up to five layers of lacquer, giving each an alluring luminosity. Many incorporate brushed brass and Marquina marble, and are equally sculptural and functional. “I’m really inspired by artworks of contemporary painters and even fashion designers,” she says. This influence can be seen in her From Above coffee tables from the Metaphysics Collection, which resemble pinwheels of abstract aerial landscapes. “I began by looking at British designer Paul Smith’s amazing juxtapositions of colours in his clothing collections,” she says.
Other pieces, like the Flamingo Side Table and the new Cabinet 102, epitomize her penchant for secret storage drawers, which are not apparent at first glance. Her exploration into new lighting iterations led to the Lampada 13 wall sconce, an architectural expression of a waning moon in hand-blown glass, Marquina marble, and brass, and a floor lamp is currently in the works.
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