Hand-blown Celestial Lighting Collection

Yabu Pushelberg joined forces with Lasvit to create the slender cylindrical lights, shaped like sunbursts and elongated capsules, to celebrate the traditions of handcraft. Each of the glass bulbs in the Cipher collection is handblown, and hand-etched with clean-cut vertical lines, by craftspeople in the Czech Republic. The individual crystal tubes erupt from champagne-gold polished brass fittings at the centre of the lights, casting shadows of their star-shaped forms across the room. Within the bulbs, light glows around the etched lines of the glassware, creating luminescent silhouettes.

“The surface decoration was influenced by our fascination and exploration of the way in which etched patterning catches light,” said the design studio, which is best known for its hotel interiors.

Hidden LED sources within the brass connection points soften the bulbs’ illumination as the light travels downs the etched lines. The longer cylindrical pieces project intricate patterns onto the walls and surrounding surfaces, as the light hits the finely etched lines.

The lights are on display at Lasvit’s New York showroom, alongside Yabu Pushelberg’s Otto glassware collection, as part of this month’s NYCxDesign festival.

The studio was initially commissioned by the glass manufacturer to design the single Otto collection. However, when faults in the crystalline glass prompted the designers to hold up the glassware to the light, they recognised the potential for a lighting series.



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