The Hemisphere Pendant Lamp took a somewhat circuitous route to NeoCon10. The beautiful translucent/transparent orb was designed by NYC architectural firm Shelton, Mindel, and Associates; manufactured by Mamaroneck, NY's Nessen Lighting; and distributed by NeoCon neighbor One Source. That may seem to be a lot of cooks in the kitchen to for one singularly exquisite hanging light, but then Hemisphere seems to have a bit of a dual personality--Hemisphere's two sides are born of a delicious detail that renders the piece visually striking: the hand blown diffuser is clear on the top and frosted on the bottom. And before you go jumping into cereal metaphors, I'll just point out that Hemisphere may have a surface duality, but its inner workings consist of more than two sides.
Hemisphere Pendant Lamp.
Hemisphere's flush-mount base is a cornucopia of options: brass in polished, brushed, or antique finish; chrome in satin or high sheen; and polished or satin nickel. The intra-shade center stem (resembling a miniaturized science beaker) is made from clear acrylic, and the shade is held in place by three barely visible knurled pins.
It's good to see a piece like Hemisphere at NeoCon. I'm not complaining, mind you, but after three days of high-utility contract product, it's refreshing to encounter a smallish gem of art for art's sake (or A & D for A & D's sake). Hemisphere has a precious aspect to it that, to my mind, aligns it with the artier side of product design. In its evocation of containment--and it looks as if it might house some rare life-sustaining elixir--it resembles another pendant lamp from a few weeks back, Ernesto Gismondi's Miconos. This is rarefied company indeed. And the designers of both products would doubtless be pleased at the comparison.