ISSUE 101  |  The Early Bird

A Study in Industrial Elegance

December 02, 2013 4:00 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

Designer Brendan Ravenhill’s latest take on the pendant lamp feels refreshingly new, no mean feat for something so utilitarian. Described by the designer as “a study in materials and process,” the Bare Pendant features an aluminum shade that’s formed over a wooden mold sandblasted to accentuate the grain; during the metal spinning process, wood grain patterns are impressed in the metal on both sides. The result is a simple, elegant form that reflects nature. Prices begins at $345. 

N.B. This Saturday, December 7, LA readers, can check out Ravenhill’s lighting and meet the designer himself at the Remodelista Holiday Market at Big Daddy’s Antiques (3334 La Cienega Place, LA), from 10 am to 5 pm.

Above: The Bare Pendant in black and brass. 

Above: The pendant comes with a half-chrome G25 bulb, which is easy on the eyes and reflects light up, accentuating the wood grain embedded in the metal shade. The design was inspired while Ravenhill was working on a metal wastebasket with a fabricator, who warned him that the wood grain from the spinning mold might be visible. Intrigued by the concept, Ravenhill came up with a shade that highlights the pattern: “In 20 years, he said, I was the only person that heard his disclaimer and wanted to double down.” 

Above: The Bare Pendant comes in the three finishes: black and brass, $370; aluminum, $345; and brass, $360. 

For more, see our previous posts on Brendan Ravenhill designs, including his ingenious Dustbin, a garbage can with a detachable dustpan lid.