Today, we’re joined by Nicci Green, founder and creative director of Articolo Lighting. Inspired by a passion for the natural variations in mouth blown glass, Nicci established Articolo in 2012 as the next phase in her successful global design career. Inspired by her singular vision to focus on and cultivate the art of light, the Articolo collections reflect Nicci’s fascination with the shadow play of light and the inherent soul that is revealed within each individually mouth-blown piece. Nicci’s vision is ever evolving, working alongside a global network of creators to craft pieces with true artisanal materiality, delivering designer lighting that’s high end in its design language as well as its production and quality. She’s the latest in our “5 Minutes With” series. After you get inspired by her answers, head to Instagram! Nicci is taking over our Stories for a behind the scenes look at their Australian showroom:
MY LIGHTBULB MOMENT:
Articolo and its first product Lumi were both born out of a literal ‘lightbulb’ moment. One day I placed a small vase over my hand and then a large vase over that and after that moment, the Lumi design was born.
I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
I put my uniform on – a pair of jeans and white sneakers. I would go to a fancy ball in jeans and sneakers if I could!
The passion and enjoyment of going to work. I always say first and foremost you must love what you do and feel passionate about it. Having a total commitment to your craft is what will make you a success. That coupled with, tenacity, juggling, multi tasking, fluidity, creativity.
YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
A head full of inspiration and a handful of paper napkins with dozens of design scribbles and doodles on them.
I love embracing new challenges, so a long-term goal is to collaborate with an architect on a hotel or resort imbued with the Articolo aesthetic and sensibility. It will be an entirely sensory experience where guests are cocooned from the rest of the world. A dream I’d love to see come true, one day.
THE ONLY CITY BETTER THAN MELBOURNE:
Italy for its sense of celebration of food, family, friends. Italians have such laughter and warmth in their greetings. Plus, they wear jeans so well! I am forever inspired by their superb design sensibility.
WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED
That honestly lasts about 2 seconds! My cup runneth over ALWAYS with ideas, excitement, passion for something. I have passion for everything!
ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
How hard and challenging lighting design would be. When I founded Articolo, I literally knew nothing about what it would take to build a global lighting design brand; from certification, wiring, to light sources. Now looking back, I’m so glad I did it.
IN 5 YEARS, FIND ME:
Sitting inside my boutique hotel, my dream collaboration! It’ll be somewhere in Italy, surrounded by all things Articolo.
ABOVE ALL ELSE:
I love the journey and do not focus on the destination. I feel blessed every day to be surrounded by the most extraordinary people who I refer to as my ‘Articolo family.’