A Knitted Look for Knottee Lamps: Kenneth Cobonpue’s Lighting for Hive
While a straight up cotton tee is fabulous for weekend wear, a fun night out has got to bring out a little bit of texture. The same goes with lighting shades, in my humble opinion. Stick a straight up cream-colored shade on your lamp and it does the job, but go for broke in stylish lamp fashion using the tactile Knottee Lamps by Kenneth Cobonpue for Hive.
Knottee Hanging Lamp. Designed by Kenneth Cobonpue. Manufactured by Hive.
The Loose Weave of the Knottee Lamp by Kenneth Cobonpue for Hive.
“Concealing a round frosted glass diffuse is a series of knit patterns in gray and olive green taffeta fabric,” describes lighting and interior accessories manufacturer, Hive, about Kenneth Cobonpue’s design of the Knottee lamp. Thanks to Cobonpue’s eye for smooth, open-knitted structures – similar to his Pigalle Easy Arm Chair made from abaca fiber, steel and nylon twine – an inviting dance plays through the openness of his lighting and furniture pieces.
Dressed up in a the sheen of a smooth woven synthetic fiber, the loops of its weave are able to withstand harsh weather conditions, making it an indoor/outdoor lamp in hanging or floor lamp form. I love the way each of the all-weather Knottee light fixtures look like a wintery Fair Isle cardigan sweater magnified and pulled apart, showing the details of its fiber-rich content and allowing the light from inside to escape ever so gently.
In its standard 19.75″ diameter x 19.5″ height for the Knottee hanging lamp, or in the slightly bigger 20″ diameter x 63.75″ height for its sister Knotte floor lamp, we’ve become even more fond of Cobonpue’s eye for colorful texture and playful dimensions.
About the Designer: Kenneth Cobonpue has created an award-winning portfolio of prolific pieces that consists mainly of furniture designs that highlight sleeping, living and dining spaces, lighting, accessories and others. Getting his professional start in New York City at Pratt Institute in 1987, Cobonpue then apprenticed and worked in Europe, mainly throughout Germany with a stint in Italy, before returning to the Philippines to honor his mother’s design legacy while carrying out his own.