Earth to Sky

Where can you find automotive aluminium? Surprisingly, in your home lights.
9 June, 2019
London studio Doshi Levien has created a collection of lights using the techniques usually implemented to manufacture and repair cars. Named "Earth To Sky", it consists of seven lamps designed to erase borders between sculptural and functional objects.
The collection includes two table lamps, a ceiling light and a series of wall-hung lights, all designed as pieces of art, as well as to provide illumination. All of the objects include an element of shaped aluminium.

"The reason we started this project was to have complete freedom," said studio founders Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien. "Usually we work with experienced design manufactures and brands who produce our designs. With Earth to Sky, it is the first time we have designed, developed and managed the production of pieces from start to finish."
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The collection itself looks pretty extravagant and bright. Apart from the intricate shape of the lights, their color definitely attracts the attention. Doshi Levien studio worked with a Ferrari restorer to get the kind of shade that appears to be black at first glance, then becomes deep blue with a metallic fleck.

All lights have some parts made from the automotive-grade aluminium. For example, a wall-mounted light features a vertical rod of brass that stands over a meter high, with interlocking concave and convex pieces of solid and perforated aluminium.

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The triple-suspension light consists of a line of bulbs along a bar, shaded by an intricate blue disc, whilst a triple sconce lines up three irregular aluminium forms that resemble flowers along a vertically placed bar.

"I was thinking about what attracts me to fine craftsmanship," said Levien. "I realize that it's the idea that something has been made to the best of man's ability within the limitations of materials and processes."

"The collection perfectly symbolizes the idea of earth to sky," said the studio. "Earth through the hand craftsmanship, the hammer on metal, the heaviness of the materials. Sky with the aerial, ethereal quality of the sculptures, like precious creatures suspended in air."

The studio employed the process of pattern cutting used to create complex garments in the clothing industry to the metal, which helped the designers to produce such unusual curved forms.

The metal in all the lights is shaped using the machine rollers often used when restoring classic cars, then beaten with a mallet on a wooden block before being welded together to create the final result. This part of the form shaping and the metal elements shade techniques were adopted from the automotive industry.

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