As Currey & Company’s Consultant to the President, Jean-Charles Chappuis has his finger on the pulse of our products that are sourced in Asia, which includes many of our table lamps. From his home in Thailand, he works with artisans to develop new products and techniques, visits factories, and creates stories for our beautiful, hand-crafted objects that we bring to market, many of them illuminated.
He is so intimate with our lamps, he knows off-the-cuff that the Farina was inspired by the way cloth drapes around the neck of a woman when it has been arranged by a haute couture fashion designer, and that the Zucchero was made to mimic the feel of stone polished by time.
Notes on Our Illuminated Art
We asked Jean-Charles to share the deeper design stories behind a few of our new Spring introductions in lamps and he didn’t disappoint. We know you’ll be glad to have a behind-the-scenes look at these stunning new works of art.
The Himba Table Lamp was inspired by a Peruvian motif. Made of terracotta the matte portions of the pattern on the Himba have been achieved with a lost wax process, which protects the covered area from the glazing that provides the raised triangular pattern with its gloss. This is truly a studio piece.
The motifs on the Sylph Table Lamp pay homage to graceful Japanese cranes flying through a day-time sky. The Sylph is made of porcelain with a delicate pastel blue glaze. This is one of our very feminine pieces within our new spring introductions.
Our Alabastro Table Lamp was inspired by Italian architecture, the stacked alabaster columns creating a luxurious obelisk that might have been spied in Rome. Its apropos that the lamp’s designer Tom Caldwell calls it a simply elegant shape in translucent stone that is beautifully veined. The white alabaster lamp is topped with a natural linen shade.
“We should have called the Duende Black Table Lamp the Duende Storm Lamp!” says Jean-Charles. The stippled pattern where the solid color peters off on the wonderful mouth-blown Venetian glass body was achieved when black pigment was thrown randomly. The effect is reminiscent of a sky during a Tropical storm. We also offer the Duende in green.
The mottled surface of the Ionian Table Lamp is extraordinary. This piece was actually created just like a Venetian mouth-blown vase, which is achieved when two layers of glass are fused—a blue color on a clear glass base. Once the vase is blown, all of the facets are hand-cut with a stone grinder.
“The Cressida Table Lamp was influenced by all the planets of the Universe!” remarks Jean-Charles This is a refreshed midcentury design with sleek lines and a rough texture that sand-casting adds. Iian Thornton, the lamp’s designer, was inspired by his memories of the Jetsons when designing the Cressida.
Tom Caldwell, the designer of the Brigands Table Lamp, says the cast aluminum lamp reads like an antique because it was reproduced to feel old and collected—the texture was achieved when the surface of the lamp was hand-hammered, notes Jean-Charles. This is one of the processes that illustrates the arduous level of detailing that goes into pieces like these.
“We are so proud of the refined technique we used to bring the surface of the Kalossi Table Lamp a marble-like feel!” Jean-Charles exclaims. Though it reads like stone, it is made of terracotta. The subtle patterning on the white lamp has been painstakingly applied by our artisans. The Kalossi is topped with an off-white shantung shade.
We are so fortunate to have the breadth of knowledge that Jean-Charles brings to our product development efforts and we can’t wait to see the future artistry he unearths and nurtures as the years pass! If you want to see a terrific post in which he gave us some insight as to the newest accessories, click through to “Preserving Remarkable Handicrafts.”
Join Stacy Garcia and Cecil Adams, our VP and Creative Director, next Wednesday at 5 p.m. on Instagram Live for a lively conversation. Dubbed “Design Uncensored,” we’re certain there will be fun to be had!