Hurricane George

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The Hurricane Chandelier by George Singer in the lobby of the South Place Hotel, London.

The Hurricane Chandelier by George Singer in the lobby of the South Place Hotel, London. Image: supplied by George Singer

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From directly below the Hurricanes are reminiscent of a spinning propeller.

From directly below the Hurricanes are reminiscent of a spinning propeller. Image: supplied by George Singer

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Close up of one of the 100 solid cast aluminium planes that make up the chandelier.

Close up of one of the 100 solid cast aluminium planes that make up the chandelier. Image: supplied by George Singer

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The detailed 'stitching' between the three hand-polished, stainless steel panels that make up the base of the chandelier.

The detailed ‘stitching’ between the three hand-polished, stainless steel panels that make up the base of the chandelier. Image: supplied by George Singer

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After designing a chandelier for his major in product design at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, commissions for George Singer’s bespoke chandeliers have been rolling in from around the globe.

After graduating, Singer went to working for lighting design firms Mathmos and Tord Boontje and various architectural practices. The exhibition of his Medicine Chandelier at 100%design, the British contemporary design event, led to his first big commission for three large chandeliers for Bluebird Restaurant in Chelsea. This break encouraged Singer to take the self-employed plunge and the risk paid off: recent projects have included a 12-metre-long Butterfly Chandelier in the Crystal Tower in Dubai, and two Void Chandeliers in a lake-side house in Geneva, Switzerland.

Singer’s latest project (featured in the video below) was for a client in Singer’s hometown of London. The hand-made Hurricane Chandelier, installed at the end of 2012 in the lobby of the new Conran and Partners South Place hotel, is a playful homage to Singer’s – and the hotel’s – englishness. The piece consists of 100 solid aluminium-cast Hurricane airplanes (the single-seater fighter planes used in the Battle of Britain) that hover around a collection of light bulbs. They are suspended from a hand-polished, stainless steel ceiling panel inspired by the wing panels of airplanes. georgesinger.co.uk


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