Brooklyn studio Tokenlights has designed a set of hand-blown glass pendants based mostly on the fruit of a uncommon Japanese plant .
“Named soon after a modest and obscure fruit-bearing bush native to Japan, this assortment is perfectly frumpy yet apt and appropriately refined,” explained Tokenlights of its new Gumi pendant.
Made of partially recycled glass, the fixture is supplied in honey, aubergine and sage, in both a raffia or taffeta textured finish. Customized colors are available upon request.
The surface therapy is a nod to the 1940s glasswork created by architect Carlo Scarpa.
The pendant lamps come in 3 shapes, dubbed Pooh, Dunce and Helmet. Heights and widths differ slightly since every single piece is crafted by hand employing blown glass.
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The pendants are wired for common incandescent, LED incandescent substitute or compact fluorescent bulbs. All fixtures are created and fabricated in Brooklyn.
Founded this year, Tokenlights is owned and operated by Emrys Berkower, a glass artist and designer. He cites Italian glass-making techniques from the 17th century and mid-century contemporary design from Italy and Scandinavia amongst his influences.
“Our aim is to disseminate a distinctive type and philosophy of object generating,” explained Berkower.
“By means of the layout and production of contemporary lighting and objects, we hope to offer buyers with a catalyst through which they can draw meaningful conclusions about how to see their surroundings.”
The studio is an offshoot of Token, an artwork and industrial design and style studio started out in 2007 by Berkower and Will Kavesh, a sculptor and designer. Tokenlights focuses solely on producing lighting and table objects.