"I would like to see the workshop of famous bicycle builder Alberto Masi which is situated under a velodrome in Milan, but culturally I don't think there is very much, best jump on a train to Florence or Rome."

Oskar Peet

We have here the second interview with The Front Room designers. This time with Oskar Peet from OS ∆ OOS studio who has created collection of lamps called SYZYGY. Our illustrator Jana Trávníčková has composed this photo montage of the lamp with famous Michelangelo theme from Sistine Chapel in Rome again corresponding with Oskar`s answers.


Describe briefly your project featuring at The Front Room?
In astronomy, a syzygy is a straight line configuration of three celestial bodies in a gravitational system. The word is often used in reference to the Sun, the Earth and either the Moon or a planet, where the latter is in conjunction or opposition. Solar and lunar eclipses occur at times of syzygy, as do transits and occultations. Everyday the sun ‘rises and sets’ making life on earth possible. The sun was our first and only light source, in contradiction to the light sources we have today the sun is a continuously never ending burning ball of fire. We experience night only when a part of the earth is cast into shadow from itself as it rotates around the sun. These new lights are inspired on the same principle, the light source is constant, remaining always on. The light is adjusted by a subtle rotation of three light filtering discs places in front of the light source. The rotational combinations of these three discs mimic the effects of a syzygy. This physical blocking of the light was an important aspect in our concept, where a total of three different lights demonstrate the three different aspects of a syzygy; transit, occultation and eclipse. The end result is atmospheric light inspired by the sun and its surrounding celestial bodies, where the light quality can be adjust but this time on the human scale.

What do you visit in Milan every year?
We are not avid visitors of the Salone, but when we are there we try to see as much as we can. The smaller presentations from younger designers are always a treat, but not always good.

Do you have any every year ritual in Milan?
We both have only been twice to Milan for the Salone, so it's difficult to say what we would define as a ritual, but a good proper hangover is a sure thing! Who said rituals have to be positive.

Do you know some good places for nice lunch or dinner in Milan?
I would like to be able to give up a name or address, but I only know where these restaurants are when I see them, I mostly bump into these spots by accident.

What are you looking forward to see in Milan this year?
Well were presenting our own work for the first time... so I'm defiantly looking forward to seeing that! I also worked on an exciting project with Studio Scholten & Baijings which will be great to see finished and on display.

Do you have some recommendations to visit something else in Milan this year?
I would like to see the workshop of famous bicycle builder Alberto Masi which is situated under a velodrome in Milan, but culturally I don't think there is very much, best jump on a train to Florence or Rome.

Where else we can see your exhibited products in Milan this year?
The Front Room is where we present the SYZYGY lamp series, and Sophie Mensen has her COLUMN project in production with furniture producer MOGG (mogg.it) that will be presented at the Salone Del Mobile, Pad 06, Stand F56.