Emily is a series of pendant lights with shades made of sheet steel. The organic but classy aesthetics of the lamp emerged through the examination with manual metal processing methods used till the middle of the 20th century.
To achieve a better light distribution and diffusion, Emily is covered with matte plexiglass which also means LED or CFL bulbs can be used without being visible. A central aspect of the design is to achieve a long life-span based on the use of materials that age gracefully. Besides the single pendants, several groups with a frame made of solid oak wood underline Emily´s special character.
The Emily Series won the German Design Award 2019.
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 70-100 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.