This week saw the unveiling of the late Eva Zeisel’s much anticipated lighting Collection for American brand Leucos. The line is the last that Zeisel designed with her own hands before passing away last year at 105 years old. It is also her only lighting collection in the marketplace.
The lighting collection encapsulates Zeisel ‘s signature style in hand-blown glass
Inspired by organic forms with soft curves like those of the human body, the collection includes two pendants, two wall sconces and two table lamps. Zeisel originally produced cutout models, a free-hand technique typical of her work, which were then given to skilled Italian Murano glassmakers who translated Zeisel’s designs into glass.
The two styles in the collection were named Spring and Summer by Zeisel who explained, ” I always like to design at least two shapes together, so that I create a family that relates to each other. These lights are cousins.” Characterized by soft curves and fluid lines, Spring is emblematic of many of Zeisel’s distinctive masterpieces. Summer boasts some of the same gentle curves as Spring, but is slightly wider and rounder, with a more voluptuous shape.
Both Spring and Summer are offered in smooth, glossy white, as well as glossy honey. The designs are suitable for residential and commercial use, the new Eva Zeisel collection for Leucos is available in incandescent or fluorescent light sources. The incandescent versions can be easily retrofitted with energy-saving LEDs.
About the manufacturer: Leucos USA is a family of distinctive lighting brands that include Leucos, ITRE, LUXIT and the FDV Collection. Crafted in Italy, all of the Leucos USA products represent the very best blend of traditional hand-blown glass techniques combined with innovative, modern design. Leucos USA specializes in the hospitality, commercial and high-end residential markets.
About the designer: Zeisel’s significant contributions to the world of design and great perseverance during times of war and political turmoil confirm her legendary status. Throughout her career, she designed for leading manufacturers, including General Mills, Hall, Rosenthal, Chantal, Nambé, Mancioli and Royal Stafford. A trailblazer, Zeisel developed and taught the first course in ceramics for industry at the Pratt Institute in New York. She also made history by headlining the first one-woman show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her work can be seen in permanent collections across the globe.