The Penthouse of a brand new ultra-luxurious development overlooking the London Eye and the River Thames required a striking, focal lighting piece for the centre of the double-height living room.
Our role was to design and manufacture a stand-alone decorative feature to provide the main light source for the room, whilst co-ordinating with Goddard Littlefair’s sleek interior design scheme.
Perpendicular aluminium square rods form the foundation of this luxury luminaire. The structure has an antique bronze plated finish with brackets that form a criss-cross pattern, concealing the wiring within. Each bracket ends in a G9 lamp, 270 degrees of which is shielded by a glass disc, to minimise visible glare, and manipulate the continuous flow of light.
Each glass component is hand-pulled, with pigment carefully infused to create an ombré fade from amber to clear. As the glass was blown, bicarbonate of soda was added to create gas pockets that add bubble detailing. This air bubble pattern was built up in the layers of glass to create a bullicante effect. Coldworking methods have allowed for fillet detailing – the circumference of each glass piece is smooth and a groove that houses the light source has been carved along the radius, from the centre, out to the perimeter of the disc.
A cool white colour temperature was chosen to balance out the amber pigmentation of the glass, generating a warm and comfortable level of light. Ambient light passes through each glass disc, and when combined with the bubble detailing, a dappled effect is reflected on the wall of the apartment.
The composition of the fixture was designed to complement the high ceilings of the room and the bronze and amber colour tones were co-ordinated with the interior design scheme, resulting in a contemporary bespoke light installation.