|FAE: JWDA Concrete lamps; JWDA Metallic lamps; and JWDA Pendant Lamps – share your thoughts on this series!
Jonas Wagell : The latest addition to the JWDA range is the pendant lamp which is a development of – or is literally a twist on –the Concrete and Metallic table lamps introduced in 2015 and 2016. The inspiration for the lamps lie in materiality, rather than form, and is an exploration of the contrast between the fragile, shimmering glass and the raw expression of concrete and metal.
Turning the table lamp version into a pendant requires some technical modifications, but visually we have simply turned the lamp up-side-down to let it hang in its cord. Keeping the concept simple adds some cleverness to the product.
On a practical level the pendant lamp will provide dimming of the light by turning the knob on the base, just like on the table versions. This is really practical and a rare function on pendants and it correlates back to the original inspiration of traditional oil lamp.
When designing products and furniture I am mainly concerned about creating products with good proportions and refined form and to create objects that will work and be relevant for many years. I always try to reduce details and search for the essence of a form or concept. Through this process with many small amendments a strong character will eventually emerge.
The JWDA lamp range has been a lot about materiality, which is not common for my work. I typically refrain from conforming to specific materials or colours, as I believe good form must be justified without specific coating or surface finish. However, for the JWDA lamps the concept is based around contrasting materials, delicate and raw. This idea persists between the different version.