The upstarts at SUPERGRAU boldly declare that they're "all about naïve sobriety and understated sumptuousness," an appropriate albeit bombastic description of "the new prize exhibit of the LOVEPIECES collection." While we'd previously been taken by the Solingen- & Berlin-based company's clever knife blocks, they expanded their handcrafted-in-Germany operation to furniture and lighting earlier this year, and Lima de Lezando's "Furore" chandelier is their latest offering.De Lezando's experimental approach was the key point that convinced SUPERGRAU on the spur of the moment to make the lamp part of their collection. And so FURORE comes in various combinations: copper or chrome with clear glass, shining white with clear glass or matte black with colour-toned glass. Handmade by local manufacturers in the south of Germany, its glass elements are a brilliant detail of the retro-futuristic chandelier framed by coated steel (free of heavy metals).
The vaguely arterial arrangement evokes abstracted branches to spite a wholly rational approach—purists might prefer Lukas Peet's "Rudi" pendant lamp—but the I'm mostly impressed with how the variation in materials and colors makes a big difference. The steampunk-y copper one vaguely recalls lighting designs by our longtime favs Lindsey Adelman and Jason Miller, while the all-black(-everything) looks fit for a dark (k)night; the chrome might be the most versatile, as it unerringly reflects the color and decor of its surroundings (the white is the least interesting in my opinion).
"Furore" is de Lezando's first design for the German company, and the Frankfurt-based 27-year-old communication and product designer is excited to have his work on display at SUPERGRAU's flagship store in Berlin.