Richard Meier’s iconic architectural work has inspired a 12-piece lighting collection, launching this week at New York gallery Ralph Pucci.
Designer Ana Meier collaborated with the American architect and with lighting master Hervé Descottes (founder of design firm L’Observatoire International) on the collection, the latter employing fine engineering to illuminate the sculptural pieces. Descottes notes how the triple collaboration was essential in bringing the project to life. ‘The work is a fusion of our three skill sets throughout the entire process,’ he explains. ‘The result is lighting that does not overlook any aspect, achieving perfect harmony with regard to the form, scale and excellence of light.’ Descottes blended the architect’s vision with Ana Meier’s sculptural forms, adding the latest technology to the pieces.
The collection, in Corian and glass, will be presented under the aegis Richard Meier Light. ‘With this collection,’ says Ana Meier, ‘we aim to bring the power of architecture to a smaller-scale, with objects that are interacted with everyday.’
The pieces from the collection recreate the shapes of the architect’s works: the 'Barcelona' lamp, for instance, is inspired by the sinuous forms of his Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by the architect in 1995 – the small-scale object cleverly highlighting the building’s refined shapes.
Another series, titled 'Cycladic', is inspired by geometry, with simple round and square sconces and a spherical hanging lamp. The collection is topped off with a trio of ‘Fire Island’ floor lamps, whose shapes are directly informed by the architect’s minimal house, built in 2014 on the New York beach.
‘Architecture has the power to inspire, to elevate the spirit, to feed both the mind and the body,’ explains Richard Meier. ‘With this collection, we have distilled this feeling into objects that touch people inside the spaces where they live.’