Enigma variation

Words:
Jan-Carlos Kucharek

Designer Schoichi Uchiyama’s 2003 white Enigma lamp was quite a game changer, deconstructing the traditional chandelier and turning it into slim layers of concentric rings, all built in matt-finished acrylic to create ‘ideal’ lighting distribution. It’s taken 15 years and a whole generation of vampire-related TV boxsets to realise the same lamp –but this time in jet black, casting a whole new light on the design. Part of its nuance is that due to the positioning of the shades no glaring light is seen from any angle. Available in three sizes, the highly sculptural form is suited to hallways, living areas and as a centrepiece to a dining room table. Last one to leave turn the lights off. Or on. In black, who knows?

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