EMILY GROUP OF FIVE By Daniel Becker Studio
Emily Group of Five is LED pendant lamp with 5 lamp shades made of sheet steel.
5x E27 220V or E26 120V
Painted steel shade
PMMA diffuser (matte)
Waxed oak timber frame
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.
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.