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Mokuren, the Chandelier Designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Lladró

A light sculpture inspired by the beauty of white magnolia flowers, a tree symbol of eternal bonds

25/01/2023 - Mokuren is the result of the first collaboration between Lladró and the Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa: the porcelain chandelier inspired by the beauty of white magnolia flowers. 

Tradition and modernity go hand in hand in this new porcelain chandelier, just as the purity of the metal lines is seamlessly fused with the delicacy of handcrafted porcelain flowers.
Mokuren porcelain chandelier by Naoto Fukasawa for Lladró 2

Mokuren porcelain chandelier by Naoto Fukasawa for Lladró

For this work, Naoto Fukasawa took his inspiration from the white magnolia flowers, one of Japan's best-loved trees and a symbol of eternal bonds.

"When I saw the flower and thought of white porcelain, its texture and qualities, the idea came to me immediately," Fukasawa claims. And this is how Mokuren came into being, a porcelain chandelier that couples signature elements of the work of the Japanese artist and Lladró: nature, craft and design.

The flowers of the magnolia are attributed with meanings like nobility, while their slender exotic forms are believed to be among the most beautiful in nature. Lladró's expert artisans handcraft all the flowers in the Mokuren porcelain chandelier at its workshops in Valencia.
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Lladró, Mokuren by Naoto Fukasawa

The warm glow of LED light filtered through the translucent porcelain of the petals creates an enveloping light which can be regulated in intensity. In contrast, the black-lacquered aluminium structure, at once complex and poetic, represents the branches of the magnolia, one of the Earth's oldest flowering plants, which has existed for over a hundred million years.

"When you see a magnolia tree in flower, you get the impression that something powerful has suddenly taken place in the natural world," the designer explains. 
Naoto Fukasawa for Lladró to present Mokuren, the new porcelain chandelier 4

Naoto Fukasawa for Lladró to present Mokuren, the new porcelain chandelier

Fukasawa, for whom the purity of Lladró porcelain and the white of the magnolia flower seem to be connected almost naturally, has tried to capture in Mokuren the transient phenomenon of the tree's flowering and its unique ability to surprise. "The light of Mokuren accentuates its peaceful existence when lit. It is a pleasant soothing surprise."

"I have the feeling that I wish to remain on the kogei (craft) side of things. But when it comes to lighting, it has to be interpreted from the viewpoint of design. Mokuren is a triumph of both. It was the perfect mix," concludes Naoto Fukasawa.

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Mokuren porcelain chandelier - Detail 5

Mokuren porcelain chandelier - Detail


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