A standout contemporary chandelier was required for the semi-circular salon of a new private residence in the South of France.
Working together with the interior designer, we were tasked with designing and manufacturing the bespoke lighting installation using triangular crystal elements from the client’s old chandelier – the elements forming the essence of a completely new and contemporary design.
The impactful luminaire we designed has a subtle Cubist feel that mirrors the curves of the salon interior. In total 83 crystal pieces in three sizes were used, suspended either vertically or horizontally by delicate cables.
Carefully positioned horizontal uplighter units are interspersed between the crystal elements to ensure as much light as possible reflects off the upcycled elements, creating the impression that they’re sparkling internally. The 15 handmade units are the only light sources within the piece (they encase customised LED strips) and are finished in an antique brass.
The suspended components hang from a very large ceiling plate measuring 3m x 1.5m. The fabricated steel plate has a matt white powder-coated finish to match the ceiling colour, and the depth of the plate is minimal yet secure enough to hold the weight of the installation.
Depending on the viewing angle, the arrangement of the crystals and uplighters generate varying impressions, from airy and calm to compact and tumultuous.
Images © Cyril Bighetti de Flogny