Close Up by Vezzini & Chen Design of North London are a series of heart-stopping and other-wordly pendant and table lights which are made of hand carved bone china pieces set inside free blown glass. Using bone china’s innate translucency to create a soft, diffused light source they produce the effect of a cloud contained in a transparent organism.
The bubble lenses on the glass further distort and magnify the bone china pieces inside, as though one were seeing them through a microscope. The designers say they are “seeking the connection between the material bone china and the ‘immaterial’ light allows to create a connection between the visible and invisible natural world.” Each lamp is unique and made to specification. The works have been shortlisted to be considered for CFile’s design awards in September.
Cristina Vezzini and Chen Sheng Tsang started their ceramic and glass company in 2013 after finishing their MAs at the Royal College of Art, London. The duo are inspired by the structure and geometry of natural forms, which they use to create unique objects for interiors. They call their work “a dialogue between the simplicity and intricacy that one finds in nature’s own designs”. But their is also something futuristic and sci-fi about their work. All pieces are handmade and reflect that craft and design studio practices are increasingly merged.
Above image: Close Up pendant table lamp by Vezzini & Chen Design.