Limited Edition, hand-painted Hotaru Marker pendant light by Barber & Osgerby for Ozeki & Co Ltd.
Barber & Osgerby have launched a numbered limited edition, hand-painted Hotaru Marker lantern as part of twentytwentyone's exhibition Edit '18, during London Design Festival 2018.
The Marker pendant has been selected as the canvas for a bold, graphic design reflecting the designers’ aptitude for capturing two-dimensional sculptural forms and convey their essence in three dimensions.
The Hotaru collection is handmade in Japan’s Gifu Prefecture using traditional lantern-making techniques and materials. Historically lanterns were hand decorated, whilst screen and stencil printing is now more commonly used, the hand painting process has been revived for the Barber & Osgerby edition.
Named after the Japanese word for ‘firefly’, the collection is manufactured by Ozeki & Co Ltd, a celebrated Japanese company dedicated to making paper lanterns since 1891. Ozeki have previously collaborated with numerous Japanese artists and designers and worked with Isamu Noguchi on the production of his Akari light sculptures.
“We have always loved the simplicity and beauty of Japanese paper lanterns and have often talked about designing them. In 2012 whilst Edward was travelling through central Japan he visited Ozeki, the famous paper lantern manufacturer to learn more about the craft. After a conversation with the owner of the family-run business, this project was born.” Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.
The Hotaru range is constructed using traditional techniques and materials, with translucent Mulberry bark washi paper stretched over a bamboo structure that describes a bold contemporary form.
Marker was the third design in the Hotaru lighting family, launched at the London Design Festival in 2016. The design continues Barber & Osgerby's exploration of pure sculptural forms and is scaled to complement the two sizes of Buoy and Double Bubble (available from the product range below).
Supplied with black lacquered steel ceiling rose, black Bakelite E27 lamp holder and 2m black cloth-covered cable.
For the Hotaru range we recommend the following light sources:
Marker: Cover lightbulb, 95mmdia E27 48W G9, dimmable, 2700K, 2000hrs.
66dia x 72.5cmh
Edition of 20, each lantern is numbered.
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