To add to the Pinterest board, Amazon wish list, wedding registry or other “to buy” list: a Spokes hanging lamp from Foscarini.
Inspired by antique Asian lanterns, birdcages and bicycle wheels, this contemporary-looking lighting fixture was designed by Vicente Garcia Jimenez and Cinzia Cumini, the creative duo behind Studio Garcia Cumini Associati. It is one of our favorite recent finds.
It’s simple in shape and materials, and made of metal wires that were gently bent at the ends using special computer software. But there’s a twist: Rather than put a light bulb in the middle of the lamp, as is typical of most pendants, Jimenez and Cumini installed a bidirectional LED light source farther down.
“Our focus was to move the light source to the bottom and to figure out how to bring electricity to that position of the lamp,” the Spanish and Italian design duo recently told Metropolis Magazine. “We shaped the LED in such a specific way that it is not directly visible to the eye.”
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The cleverly concealed LED points both downward, to directly illuminate surfaces, and upward, casting a moody interplay of light and shadow onto the walls.
There are two lamp shapes to choose from (round and oblong) and two colors (white and gold). We imagine installing a single Spokes fixture above a table or reading nook for a lightweight but deceptively dramatic effect, or suspending a cluster of lamps of different shapes and colors in a dining room to achieve a sculptural look. It’s understated enough to complement several different living spaces and interior-design styles.
Museo, a modern furnishings store in midtown Kansas City, carries Foscarini furnishings, including Spokes lights.
Owner Steve Maturo says Spokes “lends itself to both traditional and contemporary spaces. … It becomes a very simple, elegant and beautiful design. If you compare it to antique oriental lanterns which are equally at home in traditional or contemporary environments, you begin to understand the versatility of Foscarini’s Spokes pendant fixtures.”
Spokes come in both a white and a yellow gold finish, and retails for about $1,900.