Listen | 20. Oct 2021

Let There Be Light

Whenever we move into a new appartment the most challenging task is to create the right illumination. And whatever the character of that certain place might be - the lightning has to be soft, intimate to make us feel at home.

No problem for living rooms - as long as you work with lampshades you will be fine. for the entrance you migh go with ceiling luminaires that match the respective style of the apparment, easily to find in vintage stores or online.

More tricky: to lighten up your dining room. Because you will want the same spirit - but still recognize the particular food on your plate.

We looked for those specific lamps for months - and then found ther perfect solution with Gerard Bovenberg at "Bergontwerp" in the Netherlands.

His studio makes handmade ceramic lamps and chandeliers in the extraordinary translucent and durable ‘bone china’ or ‘ivory porcelain’.

His porcelain lamps with their sculptural presence give a warm and atmospheric light, some models also give subtle direct and focused light. They are produced manually in the artist’s studio. They are cast in bone china which is often associated with classic, refined English tableware. But the unglazed bone china in these objects – with their irregular shape and ‘skin’ – has a solid and monumental appearance. This creates an intriguing tension with the translucent qualities of the porcelain.

Each casting has a distinct design that only becomes visible when the form is illuminated from within. This contributes to the lively character of the lamps. The design consists of drips, drops, trapped air bubbles, pinholes and other irregularities in the petrified porcelain. Moreover, the finishing and the firing processes influence the final shape and surface of the lights.

Each lamp is therefore unique. When we found out that the smaller version would be too small and the larger to large for our medieval house, Gerard created a special seize, produced exclusivley for us.

The result are those lamps you find in the opeing picture. And we are proud to say: Also on his website!

Bergontwerp | Gerard Bovenberg

Studio, visiting address
Sint Hubertusstraat 10
6531 LB Nijmegen, The Netherlands