We've been a fan of French designer Fabien Dumas—a.k.a. Too Many Designers (a riff on 2 Many DJs?)—since back in 2004, when we highlighted the "Light au Lait" wall sconce. He resurfaced a few years back with a couple other clever lighting designs, and now he's back with yet another: the "TamTam" ceiling lamp for Marset of Barcelona.It's a juicy bunch of grapes, Nick Mason's drums from Pink Floyd, the constellation of Perseus... There are so many examples that could be used to describe TamTam, a new perception in the world of lamps, which extols repetitiveness by focusing on the archetypal lampshade: a number of light sources pointed in different directions, geometrically arranged to invoke a feeling of organized chaos.
Or, conceptually, it's the inverse of Thomas Feichtner's überminimal statement piece, the "One Crystal Chandelier." Just as the Viennese designer reduced the chandelier to a single element, Dumas' "TamTam" has engendered triplets or quintuplets (it's available with either three or five satellite shades).
The central shade measures 50cm in diameter, flanked by 35cm Ø satellites which can rotate 350° around a swivel mechanism. The "TamTam" lights are composed of lacquered aluminum—each individually available in black, white, orange, tobacco, green or gray—with an opalescent, methacrylate diffuser over the light itself.
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