Daniel Becker Studio EMILY GROUP OF FIVE LED steel pendant lamp

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EMILY GROUP OF FIVE By Daniel Becker Studio

Collection
Type

LED steel pendant lamp

Manufacture year

2011

Emily Group of Five is LED pendant lamp with 5 lamp shades made of sheet steel.‎‎

Technical features:
5x E27 220V or E26 120V
Materials:
Painted steel shade
PMMA diffuser (matte)
Waxed oak timber frame
Textile cable
Finishes:
Black grey semi-matte (RAL 7021) / White semi-matte (RAL 9003) / Deep black high gloss (RAL 9005)


Each group is equipped with a frame of waxed oak timber.‎

Emily is made of sheet steel due to its solidity and the beautiful aging qualities.‎ The shades are formed, welded, sanded and spray painted by hand in a complex process which turned out to be the best way to create those natural, organic shapes.‎ In the high gloss version, the metal is painted in up to 10 layers which creates an extraordinarily deep, black finish - a process similar to the one used for high end pianos.‎ The shades are covered with matte plexiglass for a beautiful, diffuse light distribution no matter which bulb is being used.‎

Concept
The source of inspiration for Emily is a work by Andreas Gursky.‎ In his series »James Bond Islands« he shows a digitally arranged group of islands in Thailand that seem to float in the ocean, although they are in fact only the tips of mountains, of course.‎ The shape of these islands is quite heterogenic, however all of them form a family which is connected through their organic, in a way pyramidal shape.‎ Through a distance the ocean seems to be a perfectly flat surface that »cuts« these shapes on the bottom.‎ The idea was to lift these islands out of the ocean, creating lampshades that float in a space/room.‎ If they would hang on the same height it should be possible to create the vague impression of a mountain landscape that loses touch to the ground.‎

There was no other option to realise that idea than building these shapes out of metal, an obvious choice for pendant lamps with a long tradition due to its solidity and the beautiful aging qualities.‎ This turned out to be a difficult task to realize in small scale as one usually needs large and very expensive pressing or deep drawing tools to manufacture such shapes.‎ The solution was to look deeper into the manufacturing of free from metal parts in the way the car industry produced 70- 00 years ago.‎ In the end, the metal shades are cut, bent, formed, welded and sanded by hand in a complex process to build those natural, organic shapes.‎

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