An old Scottish pattern has been transformed into a modern lighting fixture for Italian lighting brand Foscarini


Ah tartan… The very thought of it makes us think of blankets, biscuit tins, scarves and, of course, kilts. But this traditional Scottish pattern has been given a new, more up-to-date lease of life by award-winning Milanese designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba  (right) with the ‘Tartan’ suspension lamp for Italian lighting company Foscarini.

The Palombas captured the abstract patterns of sound waves and transferred them to mouth-blown glass lampshades echoing the weave of traditional tartan. An acid-etched surface also brings an illusion of softness to the matt-finish lampshade.

ABOVE AND BELOW: 'Tartan' suspension lamp, from £366

Available in pale grey or pristine white and with an LED option, ‘Tartan’ diffuses light through the shade while providing a direct downward beam from its centre. If you’re looking for a smart update of the ubiquitous paper lantern, look no further…