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New from deVol: A NYC Showroom and Porcelain Pendant Lights, Handmade in England


New from deVol: A NYC Showroom and Porcelain Pendant Lights, Handmade in England

April 12, 2019

DeVol, one of our favorite UK kitchen purveyors, has made the leap Stateside: they’ve just opened an impressive showroom on Bond Street in downtown New York with a giant pink island front and center. Today, we’re taking a look at the workshop’s Porcelain Pendants, part of its ever-expanding lineup of standalone offerings,which also includes furniture, hardware, and plumbing fixtures.

The collection has four basic designs—a fluted Pleat, rounded Beaker, dome-shaped Rice Bowl, and shallow Skullcap—in a variety of sizes and surface finishes that total 14 offerings in all. Each light is handmade by Kat Major, deVol’s resident ceramicist, at the company’s Leicestershire workshop, using pure, unglazed white porcelain that has a crisp look by day and glows from the inside by night. Let’s have a closer look at the offerings.

Photography courtesy of deVol.

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Above: The Small Plain Skullcap is seven inches wide and just over two inches tall; £90.
Each pendant light comes with a lamp holder in an antiqued brass finish and more than seven feet of twisted off-white fabric cable. (Matching brass ceiling roses are available for £25.) Every pendant is also paired with a complementary bulb (some are rounder, others more oblong in shape).

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Above: The Large Chattered Skullcap is just over 8 inches in diameter and 2½ inches tall; £110.
Three of the four shapes are available in a traditional “chattered” surface finish. Ceramicist Kat Major explains the technique: She spins the pottery wheel quickly while gently pressing a metal tool against the surface. “The speed of the wheel against the sharp edge of the metal causes the tool to bounce in a rhythmic way, leaving the decorative marks behind.”

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Above: The Plain Rice Bowl is almost six inches wide and three inches tall; £90.
Because it’s fired without a glaze, the porcelain has a matte, chalky finish.

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Above: The Large Chattered Beaker is 4 inches wide and 4½ inches tall; £100.
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Above: The fluted styles are available in both narrow and wide pleats. Here, the Small Narrow Pleat is 7½ inches wide by just over an inch tall; £120.
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Above: A Small Wide Pleat light (£120) on display in a deVol kitchen.
Go to deVol for information on the company’s US offerings and pricing.

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