We designed the 'Disc and Sphere' collection in 2012. It was part of an exploration involving simple geometric shapes such as discs and spheres, and the interaction between glowing bodies, such as white globes, and reflective surfaces such as polished brass.
We had been working with brass in the years before with the Up / Down Pendants and the Calyx and Marguerite Pendants.
At the same time as the 'Disc and Sphere' and 'Plate and Sphere' collection, we worked on a number of other pieces with brass discs.
These include the Plate and Cone with a large brass plate on the floor, reflecting light from a cone above. The plate also acts as a mirror on the floor, reflecting whoever looks into it.
The Ilios collection, Row collection, Plates collection and Epic 3 were further works that explored the theme of brass Discs and Light spheres.
Brass is a wonderful and versatile material to work with. It can be cast, milled, laser cut, the surface can be polished or brushed or otherwise treated and coated to create darker tones.
The aspect of brass if just coated with a clear layer to prevent it from oxidising is very harmonious and warm. Even relatively small elements of brass add luminosity to a space.
We further developed the 'Disc and Sphere' collection to include the large ‘Plate and Sphere’ collection and the 'Disc and Sphere' asymmetric collection.
We also added reflective plates in other surfaces, such as chrome, black / white and other colours.
Both, 'Disc and Sphere' and 'Plate and Sphere', include pendant, wall, floor as well as desk lights, which come with a plate in solid polished brass, chrome, or black / white and other RAL colors upon request.
Sometimes I help my husband Kyriakos with the diagrams in his physics papers. Surprisingly, he cares that the diagrams look at least somewhat elegant, rather than a mess of various line weights, shapes and colors. Once I saw the Penrose diagram in one of the papers he was reading. In this diagram the two crossing lines represent the horizon of a black hole, the point of no return beyond which time and space become inverted. The diagram was both visually and conceptually very appealing and the inspiration behind the black hole light. I look forward to seeing the light in Kyriakos' office ... and hear what his colleagues say when they see it.
Black Hole Wall Light (powder coated black metal and glass)
Black Hole Wall Light (polished brass and glass)
Kasthall Showroom NY Ⓒ Mathias Nero
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We feel very honored to have won the first Architectural Digest and Monoqi award.
We have been impressed by the ambition of the organizers to create an award that seeks to honor design talents across the word, across different backgrounds and from recent graduates to more established designers.
We were honored to be part of both the 25 nominees and the 5 winners as we highly regarded all nominees and their exceptional work.
The jury consisted among others of Jochen Paesen of BMWi, Simon Fabich of MONOQI, Susanna and Alessio Minotti of Minotti, Dr. Michaela de Pury of De Pury De Pury and Oliver Jahn of AD.
The award ceremony was held in Berlin, in the beautiful private house (a former petrol station from the 1950s) of Galerist Juerg Judin.
You can see a summary of the winners here
We recently participated in the ‘WISHLIST’, a project initiated by Terence Conran, Benchmark and AHEC (American Hardwood Export Council). 10 well known personalities in architecture / design were asked to commission 10 ‘younger design talents’ to design a piece for them.
The participant teams were: Terence Conran and Sebastian Cox, Alison Brooks and Felix De Pass, Norman Foster and Norie Matsumoto, Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal, Amanda Levete and Win Assakul, Allen Jones and Lola Lely, John Pawson and Atelier Areti, Alex de Rijke and Barnby & Day, Richard Rogers and Xenia Moseley, Paul Smith and Nathalie de Leval.
The project consisted of the young designers designing and making an object for their commissioner out of American hardwood. This object was to be something the commissioner always wanted, but never found to buy. Our ‘commissioner’ John Pawson was interested in a series of items that are essential interior fittings, such as doors, light switches, etc.
We spent a week at Benchmark making the pieces with the immense help of the fantastic Benchmark carpenters there. The result can be seen at the V + A until the end of October.
The collection ‘Room’ includes a door and door handle made of white oak, a shelf made of walnut, a light switch and hooks made of walnut.