I’ve already gone on at length about designers from the Netherlands, who seem to have inventiveness in their DNA. Tord Boontje is no exception. His mosaic work for Bisazza plays with color and pixilation to create dramatic furniture for the bath. His lighting too likes to take chances. Icarus Light by Studio Tord Boontje takes its name from the high-flying son of Daedalus, who melted the wax on his feathered wings because he was enamored with the beauty of the sun. It’s a beautiful metaphor that’s now been turned into a weightless hanging lamp called Icarus Light.
Icarus Light. Designed by Studio Tord Boontje.
Pendant Lamp with Featherlike Forms
Designer Boontje explains the process that resulted in Icarus Light: “Through experimentation with cutting paper to create a three-dimensional form for a light, we discovered a structure with overlapping feather shapes that resembled a swan’s wing.” The dynamic form allows light to circle the pieces. Constructed of extruded polyester, Icarus Light weighs very little—and this lightness also echoes the storied wings of Greek myth.
Designed for Artecnica, Icarus Light measures 41.9 × 79.4 × 41.9 cm. Hang the pendant light in a children’s room and let their imagination take flight—Icarus Light is as much a dynamic mobile as it is a lamp. Or place a pair of Icarus Lights in the bedroom flanking the bed—the fanciful forms will surely bring on otherworldly dreams.
About the Designer: Born in the Netherlands, Tord Boontje studied industrial design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and later earned his Masters from the Royal College of Art in London. He founded Studio Tord Boontje in 1996, which “draws from a belief that modernism does not mean minimalism, that contemporary does not forsake tradition, and that technology does not abandon people and senses.” Studio Tord Boontje often takes inspiration from nature and works to design in complex forms and layers.