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The list of descriptors that can be applied to a lamp’s impact is long. Lighting is that thing that will make an atmosphere like nothing else. Which is why it’s always thrilling to encounter a source of light that, more than simply illuminating the environment, has something to say. Enter, Lindsey Adelman and her spectacular, sculptural lamps, chandeliers and sconces. 

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Adelman takes her cues mainly from nature, and juxtaposes her forms brilliantly with the man-made materials she employs — hand-blown glass, porcelain, brass, bronze, leather and wood. Each design has several iterations, showing different coloured glass or diverse structural materials. The Bubble chandelier, our personal fave, could be perceived as branches of extra-large flower buds, or even jellyfish.

“I find [lighting] interesting because it’s an immaterial substance,” Adelman says. “…it’s intangible, you’re really shaping form to maximise a lighting effect.”

How did she get there ? While working in the editorial department for Washington D.C.’s famed Smithsonian Institute, Adelman was instantly inspired by a giant styrofoam french fry she witnessed while it was being carved, and changed career paths in pursuit of what looked to her like the most fun way to spend her days. During her Masters’ program at Rhode Island School of Design, she mentored and then partnered with lighting design pioneer David Weeks, before founding her own New York City studio in 2006.

Today her team has grown to 33 people, yet Adelman, who also helps designers on her team establish their own names and voices in the field, insists on continuing to work with limited-editions and customisations, prioritising fine design over mass distribution. Yet another kindred spirit, and one for which we’re ever so thankful.

Lindsey Adelman’s Bubble chandeliers can be found at Leclaireur Hérold.