by Xavier Mañosa , 2017
The Delicate Light
The distinction of the new Pu-erh collection lies in its use of ceramics as material to yield a lamp with a delicate, fabric-like effect. Designer and ceramist Xavier Mañosa has created a texture, evoking pleated silk, which is then applied to a conical shade, casting a wide and beautiful ray of illumination.
The Pu-erh begins with a rough sketch, drawn by the hand of its designer. This sketch, with all its ridges and grooves, was applied directly to the ceramic mold, yielding a lamp whose irregular variations supply a raw, natural effect. This underlies the collection’s most essential aspect: the simplicity of its artisanal process. The craftsman barely intervenes, letting the lamp take shape naturally within the mold. Pu-erh is arresting in its simplicity and innovative in the transparency of its process.
This new collection of suspension lamps is available in three sizes—8, 12, and 16 inches—and a wide range of muted colors that allow one to appreciate the texture of the ceramic: black, white, blue, burgundy and pink. Dancing off the beautifully rippled underside of the shade, Pu-erh’s light is warm, pleasant, and playful.