Lindsey Adelman > Hand Blown Glass & Brass Lighting.
My first sighting of Lindsey Adelman’s beautiful bulb installations was in New York. I was staying at The James Hotel (review here) back when I was on official duty for Discover&Deliver. The hotel had been pinpointed as one of those little gems full of interesting design pieces so I stayed the night to do some investigating. As you arrive into the hotel living space with their vast ceilings, you can’t help but notice the bespoke installations designer Amanda Sullivan had commissioned Adelman to design for the space.
It took me some time to identify them as Adelman’s work but once I had, it was the beginning of a new LWSY love affair. This was a couple of years back mind, Adelman’s work was relatively unknown in the European market, so it really was a bit of a discovery for me as a Brit. Now, Ilse Crawford uses them in her projects (including Ett Hem in Stockholm) SCP have received designs for their showrooms and British designers are using them in any clients house that will accept the vast prices. To give you an idea, the simplest BB light (image 10 below) with 3 bulbs start at $7,500.
Over the years I discovered Adelman’s designs in both corporate and residential interiors, and with every press image i’d see, each space was instantly lifted with the inclusion of one of her incredibly unique designs. Infact, if you think you can name a couple of designers that have a similar style (think Bec Britten and Mary Wallis), you wouldn’t be surprised to hear they’ve both worked for Adelman over the years. It can’t be helped I guess, you love a designer and their aesthetic, of course that’s every reason to want to work for them. Their style is of course going to rub off on your own work. My love of colour in interiors is one of the main reasons I loved working for Allegra Hicks. To be emerged in Ashley and David Hicks’ brilliant textile and furniture design was a real learning curve for my style and inspiration.
Based in Manhattan, New York, this is a very tight ship, all glassware and components are made in the US, the studio uses artist Michiko Sakano to hand blow all the bulbs (see below for before and after). When placing an order, you specify glass colour and metal finish, ceiling drop height and all is made to order for you. The team design, build and prototype all pieces in their workshops, with a key focus on glass and brass. The studio has recently branched out into jewellery, vessels, tiles, objet and wallpaper, for you Brits reading, you may have seen Adelman’s designs at DesignJunction back in 2012. The studio also showed at ICFF in 2013 for those who visited (and if you haven’t been before as I hadn’t, I’d highly recommend the trip).
Above, Michiko Sakano
Above, The Studio
Machine finished brass components ready to be used
The Construction Table
Above, the electrical department, and below some finished designs…
Above, Branching Burst, from $29,000
Above, Boom Boom Burst from $110,000 (wooaaahhh) They are killer though…
Image courtesy of Lindsey Adelman Studio
Above, image courtesy of The James Hotel NYC.
Ett Hem, Stockholm. Designed by Ilse Crawford
Earlier this year I made sure I popped into Adelman’s exhibition for New York Design Week 2013. Above and below show a few snaps from the space…
Since the studio opened in 2006, Adelman now works with a team of 15.
Images courtesy of Lindsey Adelman Studio, NYC. January 2104.