With the words "Crack" and "Bowl" appearing in succession, one might think that Korean designer Kwon Jae Min's new Pendant Lamp were the centerpiece of a Dave Chapell sketch. Would that were so. But, alas, the public Chapell seems to have gone the way of the Dodo, so we must content ourselves with today's meaning of "Crack Bowl"--the hairline fissures that appear in the shades of Min's rather exotic, definitely beautiful, and surprisingly contemporary Crack Bowl Light.
Crack Bowl Pendant Lamp. Designed by Kwon Jae Min.
The piece is a simply executed rendition of a staple of Indonesian/Javanese/Fillipino decor: the central illumination created by a locally-sourced material. As such, "Crack Bowl" references these icons of island life. Yet Min's piece is no mere impromptu accoutrement: the wood is so thin it appears to have been peeled off an onion, and the light is so expertly and evenly disbursed it seems to have come from on high.
In fact, the subtly golden glow emitted by Crack Bowl is of a godly sort, evoking both the habitual angelic adornment otherwise known as a halo and the amber illumination emanating from Vincent Vega's re-claimed suitcase in Pulp Fiction. If that last reference leaves you flummoxed, my first reaction is "that's a pity," and my next is "get your --- in gear and promote it to #1 on your Netflix list," for everyone should know that perfectly disbursed golden light indicates the presence of none other than a human soul: a truism that makes Crack Bowl all the more auspicious. So if you're in the mood for a lightpiece that's one part island vibe, one part expert wood craftsmanship, and one part spiritual ecstasy, than Min is your designer and Crack Bowl is your golden cup of tea.