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A thinking man’s lighting studio – O’Lampia handcrafted lighting design

Any good minimalist designer or architect will tell you that theirs is one of the most difficult disciplines in design. The challenge is to create balance and rhythm in an object or a space without adding materials or effects to accomplish that. Every shape and every material choice has to be carefully considered and applied with greatest care if the design is to be a success. O’Lampia call themselves the “thinking man’s lighting studio” and not only does their particular style reflect a certain degree of intellectualism but it’s their own intelligence that appears to have been challenged with every piece they make.

O’Lampia is made in New York City and we had a chance to meet with them at the recent IHMRS show in New York, that was held parallel to BDNY which we covered via Modenus At Large. We stopped in our tracks to marvel at this collection of finely detailed and clean lined lighting fixtures. “Reflect” (above) is a favorite in it’s not-quite-industrial 1920′s gaslight inspired design.

From the “Glass Box” collection, we are madly in love with the rigid outline and the playfulness of the Victorian light bulbs.

Intelligence requires wit and wit requires intelligence and nowhere is this more apparent than the “Retroline Cherub” pendant. I’m surely the Mid-century crowd will part in the middle with half of them groaning at the breach of mid century lines and aesthetic and the rest of us rejoicing at the sheer nerve.

I know I may have mentioned the word favorite twice in three light fixtures, but here we go again. “Pyramid” pushes the envelope once more and would be just as happy in a restaurant setting as over a long dining table, actually two of them and a great floral centerpiece below to wreak perfect havoc.

On the architectural end of the spectrum, O’Lampia have a number of clean lined fixtures that are undoubtedly geared at the HD market, but I have to say I can see this one just as easily over my dining table.


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