Derbyshire-based Curiousa & Curiousa's Antonio Pendant is handcrafted down to its last detail
The English product is inspired by Venice master glass-blower Fabio Fornasier's Fabio pendant light
Meet Antonio, the English cousin to the Fabio Pendant Light... The Antonio Pendant is inspired by The Fabio pendant light, a luxurious glass piece specially hand blown by Murano glass blower Fabio Fornasier. This one, however, is made by Curiousa & Curiousa, Derbyshire-based producer of innovative and original hand-made lights. The light can be hung as a single pendant, a group or as part of a bespoke chandelier. The shade and stem can be blown in any combination of their 23 colours, giving plenty of choice in how to style this beautiful light.
Working with local creatives is a core value for Curiousa & Curiousa and they collaborate with many of the talented craftspeople that they find themselves fortunate to be surrounded by. Pictured here, or instance, is a single pendant against the backdrop of Paradise, a stunning wallpaper by Blackpop. "Launched at Decorex this year, we loved this Blackpop wallpaper so much we wanted to pair it with our new Antonio pendant," says Curiousa & Curiousa founder Esther Patterson.
The light has been mounted on a handmade oak Deco wall light arm suspending a hand-blown shade and fluted glass stem -- shown here in a slightly paler hue for a soft romantic look which is perfect paired with Blackpop‘s latest creation.
Every piece of glass at Curiousa & Curiousa is hand-blown using age old traditional techniques and skills that, despite a world of ever-growing technology, are very little changed. Blown without the use of moulds, each bespoke creation is formed and shaped by hand and by tool by blowers Anthony Wassell and Jonathan Abbott in Derbyshire for each and every commission they receive.
Traditional glass-blowing is a process that cannot be rushed, relying on the creative eye and skilled, fluid movements of the glassblower to perfect every order. From a single pendant light to the largest stairwell chandelier each piece is given the same meticulous attention to detail and the highest possible standards of production.
The walnut and oak components are hand-turned on a lathe by experienced woodworkers, opulent silk lanterns are hand printed and then individually sewn onto the frames by our skilled seamstress and textile artist Emma Hrubiak. Meanwhile, tassels are hand-made and dip-dyed by Jessica Light; even the metal suspension plates and rings are finished by hand. it is then hand finished and hand assembled in the studio's rural Derbyshire workshop.
About Curiousa & Curiousa
Since 2010, Curiousa & Curiousa has been producing innovative and original hand-made lights designed by founder and design director Esther Patterson. The team is small, close-knit, and works out of a historic Derbyshire mill in the beautiful Peak District. Curiousa employs the best of traditional British craftsmanship, skills and techniques and work with local artisans, makers and craftsmen. Each of Patterson's designs seeks to bring out the intrinsic beauty of the materials used and this has cemented Curiousa's reputation as a design house of bespoke quality and artisanal excellence.
Follow the lighting design studio at @curiousastudio or visit www.curiousa.co.uk