It’s nice when form and function collide to create a practical device that’s easy on the eye. In this case, I think collide is the operative word:
This is the Chandelirium, a high-tech collaboration between designer Aaron R Thomas and Artist Anne Ewen. Each custom made Chandelirium is constructed from reclaimed American made cast acrylic. The acrylic is sculpted into interwoven strips of clear and white and twisted into a chaotic ball. In the center rests a 7” globe light in a fixture of polished nickel.
Each handmade lamp is approximately 30” high by 20” wide. You can also commission the artists to build custom Chandeliriums in different sizes and colors. I could see a blue and silver one hanging in a casino in Vegas—though I’m not sure how much light would escape all of the craziness.
While I admire the artistry involved, to me, the whole thing looks sort of like the egg sack of a giant spider. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s very cool in a Chaos Theory sort of way. But you’d have to have the right room to hang it in. And even then. I’d walk past it and get the jitters just waiting for millions of little spiders to scurry out.
But that’s just me.
by John Barker