Ladies & Gentlemen Studio knows how to play with their shapes. Tucked into a dim upper corner of Sight Unseen OFFSITE, their booth was a highlight of the bright show. Their booth was cosy and inviting, dotted with beautiful glowing glass forms and nonsensical toys. Founders Dylan Davis and Jean Lee met while studying industrial design at the University of Washington, and after some travels, they're still based in Seattle, applying a materials-heavy approach to thing-design.
L&G has previously garnered attention for their sculptural pieces and jewelry, and their new "Shape-Up" collection of lights is a clear outgrowth. As they noted in a pre-show interview with Sight Unseen, their emphasis on strong geometry and multi-discipline dabbling sometimes results in surprising cross-breeding. Almost all of the pieces on display featured glass elements made in collaboration with the glass artist John Hogan. In the same interview, Lee discussed tinkering with the shapes, imagining the bold "noodle" shape as a candleholder or wall-hanging planter. Fortunately for us, it wound up as one of the most striking elements in the four part Shape-Up ceiling light. Intended to be modular, the four lights can be arranged at different heights and clustered in any array your heart desires (within corded reason). The result is a very careful jumble of shapes with simple lines; glowing jewelry for your ceiling.
Hmm yes, the lines really draw you in and gather you.
Their un-hung lights were also surprising and fun. Less pendulous and ponderous, the globular glass desk lights of the Atlas Illuminations series show off Hogan's glass while casting moodiness around tastefully. I imagine they'd pair well with a wood paneled study and a structured smoking jacket. The Backslash table light incorporates L&G's mixed-shape geometry with this year's mandated marble. Very simple, entirely on point.
These bold lights are slated to hit their website in the next month, and the studio is already taking custom requests.