A story of light

Internationally renowned designer Christopher Jenner launches "Urbem" lighting collection at Salone del Mobile 2014.

Christopher Jenner has devised an emotive collection of contemporary lighting that pushes the possibilities in the art of glass blowing.

Storytelling forms a central role in South African-born, London-based designer Jenner’s work, which is seen in his latest collection of contemporary lighting.

Drawing inspiration from late 19th-century Milanese street lighting, Jenner tells the story of the era’s profound industrial and technological ambition in an eight-piece lighting collection, Urbem.

I am inspired by the innovation of 19th century Europe where craft and technology collided to create many of the iconic hallmarks of the present day. Our future potential lies in uniting the achievements of our past with the possibilities of our contemporary age, as demonstrated through this collection, says Jenner.

Urbem’s handmade triple-layered opal with glass shades seeks to study what is possible with concave forms. Each piece features an innovative crafted chain, which integrates the power source with design, a handcrafted aesthetic married with modern-day requirements.

Presented Salon de Mobile 2014 in Milan, the eight-piece collection will be exhibited in a visually captivating installation entitled “The Cloud”. 

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