Lighting Design: Willowlamp

INTERVIEWED BY Lauren Shantall 

Willowlamp, founded by Adam Hoets, create sculpturally beautiful pendants that joyously disrupt our ideas of what lighting can be. A question and answer session with Hoets, its founder, reveals the inspiration behind his new pendants, ‘The Geometric Storm’ and ‘The Mandala No.2’. 

What inspired the design concept behind the new pendants, ‘The Geometric Storm’ and ‘The Mandala No.2’?

‘The Geometric Storm’, with its weird, awkward, yet balanced geometry of truncated wedges, has no direct form of inspiration but has reference to many – one being abstract art, mainly cubism. Inspirations also include layered landscapes, rock formations and strata in mountains. So, the design seems to evoke a kind of highly geometricised landscape from an alternate abstract cubist reality.

‘The Mandala No.2’, in metallic, is an adaptation of an earlier design I developed for Southern Guild and launched at Everard Reed in 2012. This version reveals the insanely intricate and endlessly mind-boggling geometrical pattern from all angles. My intention is to create all sorts of mandala patterns. This one happened to be inspired by Islamic sacred geometry. I spent over 400 hours drawing and decoding Islamic patterns and geometry.

In your design of ‘The Geometric Storm’ you’ve made use of a number of materials. Which materials are these and what colour combinations have you used?

Laser-cut stainless steel; perspex; chrome and smoke ball-chain; chrome plated, brass CNC components; and LED and halogen lighting. 

‘The Geometric Storm’ is a limited edition design. How many editions will be made? 

No more than 10 versions of this model, although elongated versions and adaptations may be on the cards. 

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