Architect, designer, and artist, Andreea Avram Rusu channels fine art and the practice of good design to produce original lighting and furniture collections intended to engage the senses and invite interaction. The foundation of everything she makes are materials that are true to the earth — found in nature and always exquisite. The concept for her Botanica Chandelier (2021) was inspired by the idea of nature left to its own devices, free to express itself —sensual, resonant, and unabashedly wild.
Famous for his striking interpretations in the design of crystal chandeliers, Hans Harald Rath assumed control of Austrian brand J &L Lobmeyr in the late thirties. He was the fourth generation family member to manage the company, now known as Lobmeyr. Rath’s starburst designs evoke a celestial theme that were greeted by an ovation when they were first revealed in 1966.
If you believe that home lighting should be fun and whimsical rather than predictable and ordinary, then you’ll probably appreciate the bright pink, abstract flower shades that make up Velvet Solar Star, a chandelier-type-thing by artist Jonathan Trayte.
Man Ray (1890 – 1976) worked in a wide variety of media, including photography, painting, and sculpture, often blurring the boundaries between these practices. Obstruction, an assemblage of 63 wooden coat hangers, is an example of the type of artwork Dada artist Marcel Duchamp called a Ready-Made, a term that suggests Man Ray’s appropriation and manipulation of pre-existing, common objects. The sculpture playfully mimics a chandelier, but, as the hangers seemingly divide and multiply, Obstruction quickly evolves into a dense tangle of overlapping forms. Cast shadows serve as distorted, immaterial extensions of its physical presence. Man Ray first created Obstruction in 1920, but the present work belongs to an addition of 15 reproductions that he created in 1961 for an important exhibition of kinetic art.
Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.