The other day in the office we were talking about a trend we’ve been noticing: geometric pendant lamps with bright, color-blocked designs, reminiscent of 1960s and ’70s styles and made of wire or wood frames wrapped tightly with string. We couldn’t help but remark on the similarities of their makers as well: four young European women designers, many of whom also happen to be photographers. What are the chances? Here’s a look.
“A few months ago, I did a break from my studies to start my own project with designing lampshades,” designer (and model and photographer) Jane of Wera Jane wrote to us. “These objects are influenced by the old UFO-form lampshades from the 1970s. From the beginning of welding till the process of weaving the yarn around, everything is handmade and makes each lamp one of a kind.”
“As a child I was totally crazy about Spirograph,” says Lansom. “If I added up all the hours I spent drawing with a Spirograph, it must have amounted to at least a year of my life.” Now her Sputnik lamps combine groovy Spirograph-like patterns with 1960s-style woven pendant lamps. (Read more at Sputnik Sweetheart: A French Designer’s Handwoven Lights.)
N.B. They’re made in Australia, but we also like the looks of the handwoven, natural-fiber Dreamweaver lamps by the husband-and-wife team behind Melbourne shop Pop & Scott.
Can’t get enough of hand-crafted lamps and lights? We have a few more ideas: