Chinese studio Neri&Hu created a lamp collection, which is inspired by early morning sunlight. The lights are called Xi, which means “light of dawn” in Chinese, a specific time in the morning when the sun is just about to rise.
The collection consists of two hanging lamps and a table lamp and combines traditional eastern design with Italian leather and Venetian blown glass. Each piece incorporates two different types of blown glass – the upper glass part has an evenly ridged surface and is transparent, but colored with shades of amber, emerald, sapphire or moonstone. The lower part of the glass is etched with a pearl finish for a translucent, frosted effect, to achieve a “warm and diffused” light. The light is also adjustable via a dimmer system.
Strips of saddle-leather are wrapped around the body of the light. In the hanging version, the leather band acts as a support, on the table version, the leather band acts as both a support and a handle, anchoring it to its metal base with a natural brass finish. The hanging lamps are placed on a suspended horizontal bar, which can be adjusted in height. The lights can be moved across the bar to different positions. The soft light of these lamps evokes the early morning sunlight: it’s not bright but very calming and delicate.