30.01.2016 - 02.02.2016 — Hall: 6.1 Stand: D 20
Palomar is a design company founded in Florence in 2001. The objects it designs and produces are radically innovative for the new meanings they aspire to bring to our everyday life.
We believe in the aesthetic and functional value of analogue objects – in a world where digital objects are overabundant – in the power of their beauty, in the richer interaction they call into play.
The objects are designed for the individual and many of them are the result of a contemporary cartographic research (at a time where travelling is so crucial to our lives). Every project represents a sort of counter-melody to the overwhelming digital technology mainstream: a resolute return to the analogue, a way of saying that a more human, more ironic and possibly more attractive dimension can coexist with technology and its presumed imperatives.
We believe that true innovation is not only technological, it’s the ability to invent and offer new meanings to our experience and new relations with everyday objects. The finest objects are designed to draw upon the user’s creativity and personal experience.
Fabio Palchetti and Cristina Cencetti establish the Palomar Company; the company’s name is mainly a tribute to the writer Italo Calvino and his novel Mr. Palomar. Palomar is located in a historic building in the heart of Florence; it is a fascinating and a typical location that reflects the company’s spirit.
ZoomArt is the brainchild of Cristina Cencetti: it is the first optical instrument in the World that is dedicated to observing art in detail. The idea is brilliant and the design is great: ZoomArt is sold in the bookshops of museums all over the World and wins the Honorable Mention ADI XXII Compasso d’Oro.
Palomar reiterates its design calling and decides to develop a collection of “timeless” items that satisfy the most simple, and most basic needs and this is what frees them from the vagaries of fads and fashions. In 2010, Galileo’s Telescope, is a tribute to the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first astronomical observations. The telescope wins the Honorable Mention ADI XXII Compasso D’Oro. In 2010 Fabio and Cristina decide to produce the Crumpled City Maps, the soft maps that don’t need to be folded. This marks the beginning of an adventure that made it possible to produce a revolutionary collection of maps of the world’s most fascinating cities.
In 2012 Palomar continues working on the theme of developing contemporary maps; the results are the felt PinWall Maps.This new collection includes maps of the world, countries and the most important international cities. In October 2013 the Lucetta magnetic bike light is born. A revolutionary object in design and function. Lucetta magnetic bike lights immediately receives prestigious design prizes (Design Plus, Solutions, ADI Design Index). Last but not least it is the Gold Winner of the German Design Award.
Transparent Maps are the new collection of Travel Map Diaries. As PalomarLab the company authors both the concept and the design of this new product. From The Air Collection it is a new collection of city maps which applies an original graphic elaboration to satellite photography. Palomar’s cartographic series would not be complete without a globe: it is Here, the personal globe. Nello and Lucina are two objects that complete the family of magnetic accessories introduced with Lucetta. Nello is a magnetic bike bell and Lucina is a wearable light. The Crumpled City Maps Win the Honorable Mention ADI XXIII Compasso d’Oro.
Nello is a magnetic bike bell, simply shaped as a friendly little ball. A “sounding” little ball...
Lucetta’s little sister, Lucina is a wearable light. Small and compact, a simple rounded shape, a...
Made up of two small magnetic bike lights, the Lucetta doesn't have a technical look but a friendly...
Transparent City is a collection of city map booklets designed to help you create your own...