TIMES.KY

Cayman Islands, Caribbeanand International News
Thursday, Jan 26, 2023

These Elegant New Lighting Collections Double as Works of Art

These Elegant New Lighting Collections Double as Works of Art

These independent designer names-to-know take ‘lit’ to a whole new level.

There must something in the water—or, in this case, the light waves—for these four young design studios. Their spring and summer lighting introductions make the most of evolved material languages to deliver fixtures that are at once comforting and subtly defiant of expectations. From the delicate yet thoughtfully adaptable chain-link motifs of Trueing’s latest, to Blue Green Works’ idiosyncratic beach-comber Brutalism, paying attention to these four names right now is undoubtedly a bright idea.

Light sculptures by the California-based artist Bennet Schlesinger.


Bennet Schlesinger


California-based designer Bennet Schlesinger’s emotive bamboo, paper, and ceramic lamps have garnered a cult following among the creative class: He counts ceramist Simone Bodmer Turner, Green River Project designers Ben Bloomstein and Aaron Aujla, and the fashion designer Emily Bode as supporters. It’s easy to see why. His sculptures radiate light and warmth through a fabrication process that involves layering sheets of translucent paper over a woven bamboo armature. Schlesinger has said the process is akin to throwing clay, another medium in which he works fluently.

The ceramic base of one of Schlesinger’s light sculptures.

Each shade is hand-formed from layers of paper pulled taut over a woven bamboo frame, sealed with archival glue.


Currently represented by L.A. gallery Stanley’s, Schlesinger has shown around the country in group and solo shows at the now-closed-but-well-remembered New York galleries Signal in Brooklyn and Karma’s Amagansett outpost, as well as Big Medium in Austin, Texas, leaving him poised to continue working in the aesthetic tradition of his cited artistic forebears: Cy Twombly, Suzan Frecon, and Peter Voulkos. We can’t wait to see what’s next.

The Serie Double “Matinee” Pendant in dappled brass.


Trueing


Cofounders Josh Metersky and Aiden Bowman’s five-year-old lighting studio Trueing expanded its material repertoire this summer with the release of Serie, a new collection of chandeliers and pendants offered in five metal finishes. Metersky, formerly an engineer and product manager for the New York–based lighting designer Bec Brittain, and Bowman, a Bjarke Ingles Group alumnus, channel the traditions of Italian jewelers into fixtures comprised of substantial brass links with satisfyingly precise beveled edges.

The Cerine collection has expanded to include sandblasted chain links in multiple colorways.


The collection name is Italian for “series,” an on-the-nose nod to the format of the chain fixture, as much as the studio’s progression of ideas from glass to metal, forsaking the transparent for the opaque. Not that they have anything to hide: They also introduced their Cerine light fixtures in sandblasted glass this season, a new finish that, per Bowman, “is just really tasty-looking.”

The large and small versions of Slash Objects’ Coexist table lamp.


Slash Objects


Designer Arielle Assouline-Lichten, founder of the five-year-old Brooklyn-based studio Slash Objects, released her first lighting collection this spring, as part of her Coexist series. Each lamp is customizable and made entirely of recycled materials: a hand-hewn base crafted from marble remnants, a lampshade available in both a woven fabric made of 100 percent–recycled PET bottles, and a special edition bouclé.

The collection’s fabric lampshades are made of 100% recycled PET bottles.

The bouclé edition lampshade provides a textural contrast with the marble remnant base.


The unfussy geometry of the base flatters both lampshade options, expanding on the contrasts and textures that define the studio’s furniture-making. It’s an elegant category bow from the studio, which is working next to bring the “exploded chandelier” from Assouline-Lichten’s time on the most recent season of HBO Max’s Ellen’s Next Great Designer to market as a multipiece collection.

The Palm Pendant is part of the first collection from Blue Green Works, made of hand-rolled, kiln-slumped glass and precision-machined steel or brass elements.


Blue Green Works


New York–based studio Blue Green Works debuted its first collection this spring, designed and engineered entirely in lockdown. The resulting pieces were conceptualized around ideas of sanctuary through textures and materials that evoke sites of escape and leisure. The Fiber series, comprised of a sconce and pendant fixture, is a nautically tinged experiment in elemental raw fiberglass, while the Palm series is made from hand-rolled, kiln-slumped glass and precision-machined metal elements configured as pendants, a sconce and a floor lamp.

Blue Green Works’s Fiber Sconce.

Blue Green Works’s Fiber Pendant.


Creative director Peter B Staples, formerly of Apparatus Studio, mined his years spent combing the beaches of Fire Island to inform the collection’s measured approach to themes of temporality and transparency—from the dulled glow of a sunset hitting your eyes closed to the conviviality of a party that goes into the wee hours of the morning. The entire collection is currently available direct online and at The Future Perfect.

Newsletter

Related Articles

TIMES.KY
Close
0:00
0:00
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Opinion | Israel’s Supreme Court Claims a Veto on Democracy
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Who’s Threatening Israeli Democracy?
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
China's foreign ministry branch in Hong Kong urges British gov't to stop the biased and double standards Hong Kong report
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
Lisa Marie Presley, singer and daughter of Elvis, dies aged 54
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
UK chaos: Hong Kong emigrants duped by false prospectus
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Will Canada ever become a real democracy?
Hong Kong property brokerages slash payrolls in choppy market
U.S. Moves to Seize Robinhood Shares, Silvergate Accounts Tied to FTX
Effect of EU sanctions on Moscow is ‘less than zero’ – Belgian MEP
Coinbase to Pay $100 Million in Settlement With New York Regulator
FTX assets worth $3.5bn held by Bahamas securities regulator
A Republican congressman-elect is under investigation in New York after he admitted he lied about his education and work experience.
Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, has died at the age of 82.
Hong Kong to scrap almost all its Covid rules
EU calls screening of travellers from China unjustified
US imposes Covid testing for visitors from China
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses Joint Session of Congress - FULL SPEECH
If a country is denied the right to independence by another, it is not in a union. It is in a dictatorship.
Where is Rishi? Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's excuses about the UK's economic challenges just don't make sense
Former FTX CEO Bankman-Fried finally arrested in Bahamas after U.S. files charges
Corruption works: House Financial Services Chair Waters doesn't plan to subpoena her donor, Sam Bankman-Fried, to testify at hearing on FTX collapse
Ronaldo's new contract...
Prince William's godmother resigns honorary royal role after exposing her/their racism
British PM Rishi Sunak pledges further action on strikes to 'protect lives'
Tax fraud verdict again exposes illusion of Trump the master businessman
Tax fraud verdict again exposes illusion of Trump the master businessman.
Double standards: UK lawmakers attack EU chief over Ireland claims
Yellen hints at ‘national security’ probe into Twitter purchase
Elon Musk reinstates Donald Trump's Twitter account.
George W. Bush and Barack Obama will hold back-to-back disinformation conferences
Mission Improbable: Tom Cruise & Queen Elizabeth
Miss Argentina and Miss Puerto Rico are not single anymore
Matt Hancock is back to the jungle
×