‘Chuugi – Devotion’ (Black Hole Lamp) by Studio Wieki Somers, photo: ©Fabrice Gousset, courtesy Galerie Kreo
An evocative lampshade, reminiscent of an umbrella held aloft with a construction of blackened metal spokes, adorns ‘Chuugi – Devotion’ (Black Hole Lamp) by Studio Wieki Somers. Part of a series of seven lamps collectively named ‘mitate’, in Japanese a word that signifies the perception of an object in a non-habitual way, it’s an essential part of Japanese culture and a cornerstone of ikebana art.
‘Aron’ lamp by Bertjan Pot for Functionals
The basic form of Bertjan Pot’s ‘Aron’ lamp references a traditional ship lamp. Its manufacture is also rooted in tradition, created through metal spinning, the shaping of a flat disc of metal on a mold, a method first used in ancient China.