New York City-based industrial designer Lindsey Adelman is best known for her wonderfully crafted lights that incorporate hand-blown glass shades and brass armatures. Besides debuting new lighting and interior objects, Adelman showcased her manufacturing process in a live workshop staged for ICFF. Highlighting the intersection of craft and made-to-order practices, Adelman's team busied themselves wiring sockets and assembling handblown-globes to brass tubing.
It was great to see the evolution of Adelman's explorations in interior objects. As we reported last year, Adelman first played in the space with collaborative items and even did a small jewelry collection for the Sight Unseen pop-up shop. This year's collection expands the vocabulary of her lighting and tabletop objects taking cues from the unexpected beauty found in nature.
The Stalactite Candleabra was originally inspired by "icicles melting off an aging barn"—translucent glass structures hang from a coral-like brass armature.
Adelman's Marina Ceiling Medallion radiates from a single socket. The piece maps out a form that alludes to the organic structures of coral or sea fans. The piece is cast in brass with multiple options for finishes.
As designers struggle to understand the possibilities of fluorescent and LED bulbs, it's inspiring to see an exploration of candlelight. The Shady Side Candlesticks (in turned walnut or cast brass bases) have delicate handmade "fungus" ornaments that decorate the face of the candlesticks.
A more minimal interpretation is found in the Halo Candlesticks. Simple, shallow brass discs catch wax, "while creating an illusion of floating planes."
Adelman's Curiosity Vessels incorporate unusal handblown glass vases with found objects like chestnuts, acorns or animal vertabrae, cast in brass.