GFRC concrete, Brass hardware, Bronze Cables
24 in x 15 in x 7 in
Humans have explored a variety of forms while considering the phenomenological impact of light, in an attempt to animate both natural and artificial light. This notion dates back to primitive times, where simple pieces of stone harnessed the power of the sun to tell a story, record time, enhance a sensory experience and in turn, a strong emotive response.
The natural stone-like quality seen in the hand poured concrete of the nestleShade, in its sensuous form and gentle flowing surface, aims to ignite our primal fascination with illumination. The subtle curvature of the shade seemingly prevents the light from extending beyond its physical perimeter, containing the light from the single bulb in a gentle, nestling embrace. The soft white inner surface acts as a projection screen for the bulbs emitted light creating a nuanced focal point within the space it inhabits. The nestleShade’s asymmetrical triangular form, combined with a simple light source, creates a soft source of illumination that encourages curiosity, comfort and intrigue. The shade is derived organically in contrast to our harsh, angular built environments aiding in the humanistic allure of the sculptural piece.
In its materiality, the nestleShade speaks to the power of contradiction, as the seemingly weightless form becomes a conversation between the solidity of concrete and the lightness and fluidity of form; while its textural qualities draw the viewer in for closer inspection. The thin, delicate edge seems to negate the preconceived understanding of concrete, yet still maintains a suggestion of strength. The uncontrolled aspects of material and process create a unique piece, unable to be replicated. The shallow voids on the inside surface of the shade speak to the process, adding depth to the reflected light and an interest in the irregularity. The hand-formed and finished surface maintains the uniqueness of the piece and supports its raw, natural appeal.
Custom brass hardware and bronze cables suspend the nestleShade. The small brass bolts are easily detached from the concrete embedded nuts to aid in the ease of shipment. The intricate metal hardware adds warmth to the piece reinforcing its delicate, yet durable aesthetic. A variety of custom orientations are made possible by manipulating the bronze cables, which terminate at the ceiling into an adjustable plunger, allowing for a personalized connection with the piece to suit the needs of the user.
Price available upon request