The pendant was conceived as an exploration of the reflections, distortions, and refractions of a light source when surrounded by patterned glass. Wilkinson explains the wide range of inspirations he looked to when developing Blown: “Like with any project, you start with an idea, and then you start looking at the world through a sort of filter. I’ve looked at antique ceramics, old glass pieces, lenses from very old lamps, lighthouses, even a mirrored bottle, just to see the way the light comes off it.” Wilkinson even sought inspiration in seeds and berries - particularly raspberries - for the quilted texture of the glass.
Producing Blown is a combination of industrial processes and traditional craftsmanship. The texture of the glass is rendered carefully using computer-aided design (CAD) in order to control the inflation of each bubble precisely. The crafted element comes in when the piece is mould-blown, meaning its shape is determined in a mould, then inflated by mouth-blowing. Blown makes a statement as a standalone item, but works equally as well in clusters or in succession. The two versions cater to a range of interiors, with the sandblasted variant providing a subtle, sophisticated glow, while the translucent version transforms the space it inhabits with the intricate textures and patterning.
Materials: Mouth-blown glass, powder coated metal suspension, coated wire, 4m fabric cord.
Dimensions: Ø: 28 cm/11 in, H: 28 cm/11 in.
Colors: Silver lustre glass with black textile cord, Blasted white glass with white textile cord.
Light source: E27 Max 100 Watt. The luminaire is compatible with bulbs of the energy classes: A++ - E. Bulb is not included.