Italy. Style’s long-established land of milk and honey which continues to produce not only delectable cuisine but frankly mouthwatering contemporary design.
Italstyle Lighting Design is a sales and distribution company for beautiful, specialised Italian lighting products throughout Australia. They work with the most exclusive brands to provide a wide range of lighting solutions for the Australian architectural market. With over 40 years’ experience, Italstyle has an unswerving commitment to bring their Australian clients the very best the world of lighting has to offer.
Since 1974, Italstyle have been working with some of Australia’s most influential architects and environmental designers and made significant contributions in style and excellence on some noteworthy projects in Australia.
Italstyle will be exhibiting at the Decor + Design show, 21 – 24 July in Melbourne. We sat down with Italstyle Director Aldo Rosa in the lead up to the show to talk about the origins of the company and what they will be bringing to the show floor.
Can you tell us a little bit more about the origins of Italstyle? How did it become established in Australia?
As an artist & designer back in Italy, I always had an abiding passion for beautiful Italian Design. These combined influences laid the groundwork for what would become Italstyle’s distinctive style. Since our modest beginnings in 1974, we have established and maintained a reputation for quality lighting within the industry. From supplying many retail stores in the earlier years – like Myer/Grace Bros, Kmart & Target – we had a change of direction in the mid ’90s to where we are now. With the brands and products, we have at our disposal, our focus shifted to deliver innovative, imaginative and above all functional lighting to the Architectural market.
Why is lighting so important in a home?
Good lighting can flatter a modest environment just as bad lighting can ruin a luxurious one. Lighting is the most essential element in the decoration of a home. Lighting illuminates treasured objects; it highlights favourite colours. It also impacts our mood, performance and mental health on a daily basis.
You consult to architectural firms and designers on lighting solutions for homes. What’s involved in this process?
It varies from project to project and at what stage we become involved. It can be from product specification for a particular area to a complete lighting design package. Ideally it is always best to be involved from the start which helps us understand the clients/architects brief and outlines any budget constraints which can incur.
Do you have any particularly special projects that you’ve worked on?
We have worked on many special projects over the years. Some that spring to mind are Sydney School of Arts, Radisson Adelaide & most recently the Plaza Tavern in Werribee. On these particular projects we were involved from the start, had a thorough understanding of the brief and delivered a lighting design package with great results. As a market leader we have had the opportunity to work with and light up many celebrity homes which is always very satisfying!
You carry premium Italian lighting brands. I know it is hard to play favourites but do you have one or two that you particularly love (and why)?
Linea Light Group for its wide range of products from decorative to architectural and the most advanced LED lighting solutions. They work with leading Italian designers and are constantly evolving in response to market trends. Another favourite of mine is De Majo Illuminazione which is one of the oldest Murano Glass manufactures in Italy. Today this company maintains the early Murano traditions and at the same time strives for new style appeal offering customers a wide selection of current designs trends for who with a taste for the contemporary appreciates authentic quality and elegance.
You will be exhibiting at the Decor + Design show in Melbourne, 21 – 24 July at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. What can trade visitors expect at the show?
We will be exhibiting the very latest products from some of the leading Italian designers & manufacturers. One particular product by renowned creative designer Davide Oppizzi is the Linea Light 2Nights which recently won the prestigious 2016 RED DOT AWARD for the product design category. This is the first time this product has been in Australia, so we are very excited to have it on display at Décor + Design for everybody to view.
Italstyle will be at Stand H5 at the Decor + Design show, 21 – 24 July at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Don’t miss Australia’s No.1 Interiors Event. Register now.