The embroidered light.
Egbert-Jan Lam of Netherlands-based Burojet Design Studio created the ‘embroidered’ Stitches family of lamps. Called Mopti, Tombuctú, Djenné and Bamako—after towns and cities in the West African nation of Mali—each lamp has its own distinct pattern. To make an individual lamp, veneer lengths are crafted in a traditional sewing fashion: the pattern is marked out, cut and then repeated. Where hemming is normally used to complete a garment, the Stitches lamp has a visible hemstitch through which light radiates.
The unique shape of each Stitches lamp is an allusion to the adobe mosques found across Mali. Moreover, the Stitches lamps embody Mali’s long history as a producer of embroidery.
The lattice light.
In Kim we find a natural wood veneer shell encircled by interlacing form-pressed laminate strips. Designed by Mariví Calvo, the Kim pendant is at once modest and unconstrained, its clean spherical shape leaving space for the user’s own self-expression.
The Kim lamp’s latticework facade accentuates the wood’s texture and grain when lit. In a way, its design is reminiscent of the traditional partitions found in a ryokan, except Kim uses veneer in place of paper. Available in two sizes, Kim is an elegant and natural beauty; a classic pendant with an uninhibited, easy air.
The parasol light.
Designed by Yonoh, the Banga pendant exemplifies the Valencia-based creative design studio’s quest to bring an understandability and functionality, a freshness and uniqueness, to its creations. Available in two sizes, Banga is crafted using a series of individual sheets of veneer, each one connected via a lustrous metallic strip.
The Banga light’s combined veneer pieces and metal frame bear a resemblance to a plush brolly or indeed, to a well dressed parasol. Banga enjoys an expressive Eastern world-like quality, together with a nod to neoclassicism and its principles of simplicity and symmetry.
The assured light.
Escape is an avant-garde pendant with a smart domino-like structure. Its self-supporting veneer panels give the impression of falling into a ring of light, their form defying gravity.
Designed by Ray Power, Escape is a truly handsome, self-assured light. While enjoying a little bit of swagger and appearing fairly pleased with itself, the Escape pendant’s manner is bright and buoyant. Moreover, Escape is entirely affable, having an approachable quality that is perfect for any well turned out setting.
The soulful light.
Swirl excites the eye with its eddying and whirling folds, their twisting twirl a sensuous feat. Designed by Ray Power, Swirl is an accomplished pendant, its form thoughtfully considered and sculptured. Power’s designs are typically based on geometry and his predilection for creating three-dimensional forms from flat materials (wood veneer). Swirl is no exception, its precise contours brought to life in stereo.
With a soulful character and presence, the Swirl lamp will vibe well with any interior. When a light is striking from every angle, one might expect more than a hint of conceit. And yet Swirl is wholly modest, its beauty inspiring and uplighting.
The Swirl pendant was accorded a Special Mention by the German Design Council.
Guillermo Mansilla Esteban