In a bid to take terrariums to the electric level, Canadian designer Bocci exhibited its ‘Series 38’ planter chandelier earlier this year at Milan’s Spazio Rossana Orlandi.
A re-exploration of the technique developed for ‘28’, Bocci’s previous lighting endeavour, the ‘38’ chandelier’s key feature is its large blown-glass light spheres. Containing a multitude of white cavities that intersect and collide, several of the orb-like hangings house both a light bulb and a bit of greenery – namely plantings of succulents and cacti. “Electricity and suspension are achieved using stiff copper tubing, which is allowed to tangle and crinkle, seemingly without regard for gravity,” says Bocci’s Cristina Belmonte. The design aim is to portray an escape from the confines of clear glass; a goal archived by the fusion of the asymmetrical with bursts of fauna. matisse.co.nz