recent / not so recent work


Gwendolyn Kerschbaumer + Guillane Kerschbaumer

Perspective series ceiling and wall light

Perspective series ceiling and wall light

This body of work was created over a number of years and as a result, a vaster palette of sculptural, graphic and conceptual themes have been explored through light and furniture objects.


An interest in geometry occupies a central place in our work. We are attracted to simple geometric forms because of their perfect proportions and elegance. We strive to create new compositions that build up a tension but ultimately also lead to a resolution.

Within the theme of geometry we have explored more specifically the elements of:

Symmetry (for example in: symmetry bookcase, perspective double pendant, rotating series)

Arch / curve (for example in: symmetry bookcase, sequences series, bent series, motiv ceiling light)

Perspective (for example in: perspective series, floating wall light)

Globe / cone (for example in: the thick tube and tube light, the triangle globe + cone, and many others)

Triangle (for example in: triangle box, the shapes ceiling light, the circle and square and circle and triangle wall light, the epic triangle)

Floating wall light

Floating wall light

Tube in metal and illuminated (for example in: Arrow series, side triangle series, thick tube series, tube seat series, rotating series, birch series)

Flat shapes (for example in: triangle series, circle and square and circle and triangle wall lights, V wall light series)

Cuts / incisions / perforations (for example in: the T-series, sliver series and birch series)

Discs (for example in: the plate and spheres pendant lights and the disc and sphere revisited)

Sequences (for example in; the segments series, birch series)

Sequences series, double low element

Sequences series, double low element

We have also explored working with kinetic elements as seen in the see saw and scale series. In these lights, the small elements (either the figures, animals or spheres) are mobile. They can be moved along the tube and depending on their location, the tube will be horizontal or inclined to either side. It is based on the working principle of the lever, visible in the mechanical doctor’s scale for example.

Figurative elements such as animals, plants and figurines are also an interest we have been pursuing throughout our work. In this ‘recent / no so recent work’  the see saw and scale pendants explore this theme further.

See saw pendant

See saw pendant

London Design Festival: “In the Neighbourhood”


A pop-up exhibition which showcases the work of emerging local and international designers and artists in two unique residential settings:

Grey House, an elegant North London townhouse, and Blue House, an eclectic loft set in a converted methodist congregation hall embracing a spirit of creativity, playfulness and verve …

Areti’s Floor light Steps is featured in the Blue House.

Curators: Louisa Grey and Morgwn Rimel.

Time: Saturday 15th - Friday 21st September, 2018

Location: 8 Wray Crescent, Tollington Park, London N4 3LP, UK

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Ammos Hotel in Crete

Our friend Nikos Tsepetis’ Ammos Hotel is an exceptional place in Chania, Crete.

Ammos Hotel carries Nikos’ generous character and love for detail and genuine moments in every surprising and charming corner. This place reconciles typical Cretan whitewashed stonewalls, bizarrely shaped cacti, vivid blueshades of the sea, pool and sky with mulicoloured design objects.

We are very happy, that some of our pieces - such as Bonhomme Floor Light in yellow, Cone Sphere Ceiling Light and Alouette Wall Light - found a home in this beautiful setting.

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'Disc and Sphere' collection and the aspect of brass

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.

Black Hole Wall / Ceiling Light

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.

Areti Products: Black Hole Wall Light, Black Hole Ceiling Light 

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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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