A collaboration with 2LG Studio and Williams & Co.

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The Silica light (above) nestling in the corner of the 2LG Studio's Dream Pink Bathroom, as featured in the 2LG Studio's Design House and Harper's Bazaar.

The back story

The collaboration came about through the wonders of modern technology. The 2LG Studio was looking to design a light from scratch for their Dream Pink Bathroom, having been woefully unimpressed by what was available on the market. They had followed the paths of designers Sarah Colson and Jon Williams with great interest from afar, so it seemed natural to reach out to them to get their input on the bathroom based design conundrum.

The collaboration

On their first meeting, the design collective playfully constructed and deconstructed crystalline structures, bringing together the best of what each of them had to offer. Soon stories of childhood quartz collections came up, followed by memories of Superman’s kryptonite cave of solitude and references to installations by American artist Mike Kelley.

The geological nature of the materials Sarah and Jon most regularly work with, glass and porcelain respectively, became a major talking point, leading to comparisons of stalagmites and stalactites. Much as there are endless variations to cave formations, so new imaginary iterations of lighting solutions suggested themselves: sconces, pendants, floor lights and rods, created spatial relations, giving direction to the crystalline growths, up and down, left and right. 

The outcome

The natural relationship between glass and porcelain is that they shared the same route, both are silica based, differing in chemical structure and properties.  Glass is made from sand, while porcelain is made from clay, both are heated, to varying degrees, to create the finished product. The glass and porcelain in this project were extruded, then altered and finished by hand to produce the unique components featured in the final piece. The way that light plays on these different yet related components is a fascinating and happy discovery.

The lights feature three different components, each playing with the idea of fragility and masculinity: porcelain chains decorate, glass rods and tubes emit light and the porcelain casing houses the electrics. Each component portrays an outwardly strong appearance yet because of its materiality is intrinsically vulnerable. This ‘set of parts’ allows the collective to reimagine light as a function, how it plays with space and how it communicates as an object of desire.

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