Published on: February 19, 2013
This time we are introducing an interesting chandelier, hand – made by George Singer. For more info, please read below:
Commissioned by Conran and Partners for the entrance of the exciting new boutique hotel, South Place, central London, the Hurricane Chandelier introduces playfulness, englishness, and evokes childhood memories. One hundred solid polished aluminium Hurricanes, cast in Birmingham, are individually-suspended to form nine different paths of flight, including swooping underneath the light bulbs, and banking round in circles, narrowly missing the electrical cables by millimetres.
The hand-polished stainless steel ceiling tray, which is â€˜stitchedâ€™ together in much the same way as a wing panel of an aluminium aircraft, consists of three equal parts where the split-lines are reminiscent of a three-bladed propeller.
His first step in the construction of the piece started by borrowing a solid aluminium Hurricane from a friend in Colorado. It had the perfect wing span but it needed some adaptations. He gave it to a professional model maker who smoothed the surface, thickened the wings, and generally made a version of the plane which was much more friendly a shape for casting and polishing. The master was given to Lost Wax Development in Birmingham who made one hundred planes using the lost wax casting process. These were polished and drilled and suspended on thin stainless steel wires. The ceiling plate was hand-polished and made in three sections to give an aeronautical aesthetic. Six art-deco-style globe light bulbs were incorporated around which the planes appear to fly underneath, around, and above. These fun and dynamic flight patterns were planned meticulously through a three-dimensional computer model.
Designer and Photography: George Singer
Client: Conran & Partners
Posted by: Maja Apih