I can imagine all kinds of materials used for making furniture, lighting and accessories but salt? Ok, salt is really unexpected! The Archaic Modern Light collection consists of three luminaries, all made of ceramic, brass and Himalayan pink salt.
California studio Brave Matter has used simple forms and earthy materials to create these lighting fixtures and tableware that are meant to evoke ancient artifacts. The A/M Orb Pendant features a terraced, globe-shaped ceramic shade topped with a brass disk and a rounded chunk of pink salt. The salt is affixed to a slender, spun-and-woven brass rod.
The A/M Pendant Small is similarly constructed, although it has a trapezoidal shade resembling an upside-down plant pot. The bottom of the shade is uncovered, allowing the pendant to serve as a task light. The glowing block of salt in the upper portion of the fixture delivers ambient light. Himalayan pink salt serves as a light diffusing material in juxtaposition to high-lumen LED technology. The shades are made of mineral-rich clay cast in molds, and then coated with mica-laden glazes available in several hues, from moss and red ochre to terra pink. The glazes are intended to produce soft, glimmering and time-worn surfaces.
The third design in the collection, Sender One, is a table lamp constructed from a salt crystal that has been carefully honed and then pierced by a brass rod. The salt disc and metal rod work in tandem to allow the lamp to rest at an angle.