Like a sculptor before a block of marble, Italy-based designer Brian Rasmussen conceives his pieces from solid forms. "I start with a perfect shape," he says, "then scratch and cull and cut away to bring out the object’s inner light."
For Rasmussen’s recent collaboration with the Venetian lighting firm Studio Italia Design (305.621.9602, www.sid-usa.com), the designer, who grew up in Denmark, chose a simple sphere and carved out 36 vertical strips to create a shimmering orb with a saucerlike center. The 30-inch luminaries—aptly named UFO—combine the lighting firm’s signature bright colors with Rasmussen’s simpler Scandinavian aesthetic.
The strips surrounding each piece’s glass diffuser can be mixed and matched. Fixtures with white-, chrome-, or gold-finished metal strips are priced from $4,622, while those with red, green, white, or blue acrylic strips start at $3,272.