New Zealand furniture brand Resident presents enigmatic lightings designs shaped on minimal defining geometries that encapsulate the pure essence of precious metals.
Auckland based architect Nat Cheshire might have an obsession with precious metals. The Oud desk lamp features a single armature that creates a continuous and unbalanced line. A warm LED light that is slotted in the design can be switched on and off by hand by turning a sphere of polished marble that rests on the lower leg.
Oud comes in two varieties: brushed brass with Rossa Levanto Marble, or black with white honey onyx Marble. Nat Cheshire says “In Oud we set out to collide the awkwardness of constructivist geometry with the material decadence of Mies at Barcelona and Tugendhat”.
“The idea that you might wrap your fingers around a sphere of handle-polished marble – and then twist in order to flood your wrist and table with light – seemed enormously more sensual than flicking a small plastic switch. When did design lose this vital tactility?” adds Nat Cheshire.
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Nat Cheshire designed also Foundry Floor Light: a graphic illustration of a rectangle traced into space. At 1.9 meters high, it’s seamless aluminum body stands vertical due to a heavy duty sandcast bronze counterweight. This highly valuable counterweight is unpolished, celebrating the oxidisation process which occurs when the molten hot metal is exposed in the foundry.
“Bronze is an almost primeval material. It defined an entire epoch. Cast into sand, it has the colour and texture of hand-shaped, fired clay. Polished, it gleams and glows like a jewel. It is the visceral opposite of inert aluminium and hygienic stainless steel. It is heavy too – enough to steady a couple of meters of fine, cantilevered armature. Bronze, in these terms, seems to us the most noble of all metals”.
Resident lighting collection features also Hex 750 lighting. The design comes also in brass electroplated aluminum with a hand brushed finish. A clear matt lacquer protects and immaculate finish to produce a strong, consistent hue. All designs are handmade in New Zealand.
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