The art of decorating a home is challenging – interiors must have an impressive aesthetic while being practical at the same time. Since the pandemic, homes must act as our Xanadu to escape the hustle and bustle of life. That’s where luminaires come in. Today's lamps aren’t made solely to light up a room enough for us to read a book. With the right ones, spaces can be transformed into a work of art that soothes the soul while being equally functional.
llll’s sculptural LED lights by founder Sarah Dehandschutter are testaments to this with its artistic curvature along with an ethereal yet powerful glow that instantly set the tone for the house.
Dehandschutter has been an artist designer since 1996, producing handmade and custom chandeliers that fit the client’s needs. Through experimentation with different materials and techniques, she is now able to enhance the quality of light in unique ways.
Pictured above: The llll sculptural pendant lamp at Ce Soir restaurant evokes an intimate warm setting for diners
Every lamp is created by stretching two layers of translucent fabric to its extremes around metal frames that are moulded by hand.
This technique creates dynamic"I have been creating lamps since my early twenties. I was inspired by the different cultures I witnessed during my travels in the Middle East, Africa and Asia." - Sarah Dehandschutter volumes and organic structures that make the lamps look different at every angle, which isn’t a common trait in the market. "I have been creating lamps since my early twenties. I was inspired by the different cultures I witnessed during my travels in the Middle East, Africa and Asia." - Sarah Dehandschutter
All IIII products casts a strong moiré effect – multiple sets of lines or dots layered over one another – to form patterns, such as concentric rings and tessellations, through the stitches of the knitted fabric.
The translucent fabric also accentuates the lines of the metal, acting as another artistic element. A copper wire may also be fitted along the length, which creates a warm golden glow. Beautiful things can also hit hard. The lamps are fitted with LED strips with a lumen output of 2000 to 3000 that is equally dispersed throughout the frames, illuminating the entire area adequately.
While 3D printing has made production much easier for key elements, llll luminaires still require handwork to execute the intricacies of bending the rods and stretching the fabric as these demand skill and knowledge of three-dimensional structures.
Keep an eye out for llll lamps with an upgraded version of the special tricot fabric and new designs that will make their way to Galerie 5 in 2023.