Nominee

Rado Star Prize Switzerland
for Young Talents – Fruniture Design

 
 

In the Secret Garden
– Jadis Lighting Sculpture

Designed and created by:

Ini Archibong


In collaboration with Swiss craftsmen:

Matteo Gonet – glass
Vincent Dubois – marble


Sponsored by:

Terry Crews and Amen&Amen


www.designbyini.com

Jadis Lighting Sculpture belongs to an exclusive, handcrafted design object collection, whose inspiration was initiated during designer Ini Archibong’s MA course in Luxury Design and Craftsmanship at ECAL. The objects were designed above all with an eye to their aesthetic effect, and draw inspiration from some of the favourite fairy tales of the designer’s childhood. The name of his luxurious and expansive lighting sculpture refers to the White Witch, Jadis of Charn, from C.S. Lewis’s children’s book “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. The coloured lampshades, consisting of mouth-blown glass, accordingly incorporate crystalline buds. The handmade marble ceiling plate on the other hand, from which the variously shaped glass shades – illuminated by nostalgic carbon filament bulbs – are suspended, symbolises the ice and frost of the White Witch’s realm.  


Comments of the nominators

Forms that appear to flow, fine gradations of colour and a fantastical imagination set off on an adventurous journey into magical places. This work opens up quite new fields of association for materials like mouth-blown glass and marble. The collaboration of the designer and glass-blower has given rise to top-quality objects with a powerful emotional charge which testify to an accomplished mastery of craft and form.