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Decorative Lighting


Above: The cristallo glass rods in Baroncelli’s winter collection create a beautiful play on light and shadow.


Centre: Bruce Munro’s Star-Turn installation is an excellent example of using light as art.


the light shines through these pieces is very special. You see every line and crease, the spots that once were hair follicles and the marks of age.” The collection is a truly beautiful combination of art and light, and the use of traditional materials is a perfect fit for a collection all about memories. Rawhide has been used as a material for drumheads and other objects for many years, and Randall’s collection is made from skins that are cast away as waste from the venison industry in Scotland. The material has a texture that makes the product look well worn, and the appearance of the empty casings reiterates the sense of the subjects being memories.


The material itself is so important in the creation of Randall’s pieces, it forms an


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imperfect mould that moves and changes. It is also affected by the setting in which it dries, meaning that each finished piece turns out differently. Some hides curl and some lie flat, some have holes and some are solid. It is this nature that makes the cast so interesting and gives each one so much depth. The light falls through it in varying ways. It is these subtle abnormalities in the material, and the lack of control that the artist has over the drying process that adds to the attraction of these pieces.


Like Alex Randall, much of the appeal of decorative lighting is the innovative uses of materials to create the right aesthetic. For Baroncelli, materials play a central part in the creation of the right product. The company’s winter collection of products is made using cristallo glass rods, which


create an ideal play with light and shadow throughout the fitting. The products in this collection are made by fixing a number of satin galvanised gold sections, each with cristallo glass rods fitted throughout, which create a beautiful effect once lit. Clients can transform the arrangement of glass to personalise the design, resulting in a varied selection of beautiful decorative products. Bruce Munro is an artist who truly understands how to turn light into something that is a work of art. Munro’s ‘Field of Light’ installation, which has been installed at a number of locations including Harvey Nichols Fashion Week and The Eden Project, spent Christmas 2011 wowing visitors of Holburne Museum in Bath. To accompany


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