Introducing our newest range of lighting, the Rocco Light.
Here at Artifact Lighting, one of our core values is to be as environmentally conscious as possible. With this in mind, we created our first fully sustainable lamp shade. Handmade by us, using entirely natural materials in our own UK workshop.
We Desire to be Unique.
Although similar in colour and texture, each light is slightly unique. The process of forming the shade means the exact tones and distribution of chips vary piece to piece. We believe this ‘Wabi Sabi’ way of working distinguishes our pendant from the uniform products rolled out by mass production.
The Appeal of the Unfinished.
We have always enjoyed brutalist architecture and other works using raw concrete (Beton Brut). This visually striking style is understandably often too strong to sit comfortably in most interiors. We wanted to create something that had the same brutal, unfinished feel, but was visually soft and modest enough to work in everyday spaces. We are also great lovers of terrazzo, and wanted to create some options that replicate its abstract patterns in a subtle and tasteful way. Therefore, we developed techniques allowing us to suspend coloured fragments of plaster into the shade, creating a terrazzo style finish.
The History of Plaster
Plaster as a material is steeped in history. Used in buildings since the beginning of civilisation, while its use in art and interiors go back almost as far. Used internally and called Stucco ,or in art as Fresco, it can be seen in works of art such as Michelangelo’s creation of Adam, as well as on buildings in the ancient cities of Egypt, Italy and china. It is in fact still used today by contemporary artisans in interiors, sculpture and art. This historical use is what supports its use as a material. We feel that after millenniums of use, it is unarguably a proven sustainable material that works wonders for interior design.