To view a Lindsey Adelman light in person is a surreal experience. From afar the sculpture is decorative and distracting. To view it up close is completely mind-boggling. Each piece is artfully considered and meticulously engineered.
It is no wonder she is in rather high demand in America. She works collaboratively out of her studio in New York City with 20plus employees and local manufacturers. Each light fitting is made to order within her studio. Inspired by forms found in nature and the juxtaposing machine-made parts with hand-blown glass.
Lighting design is at the core of their craft however the studio expands into diverse design practices utilising each of the employee’s skilful versatility. The Adelman studio produces ornate expressions of jewellery design, wall coverings, concrete tiles, hand-woven fabrics and furniture.
This year, Adelman in collaboration with glassblower Nancy Callan produced three unique light sculptures in conjunction with NYC Markers: MAD Biennial Art and Design exhibition. The pieces are exclusive to Manhattan and San Fransisco based store The Future Perfect. The collection named Totem brings together a mix of materials from brass and glass to timber and porcelain. The structures are an aesthetically composed arrangement of these materials to create limitless concepts of suspended art.
The palette of Totem is distinctively Adelman, yet the lights are much, much more than a luminous fixture, they are models for an innovative future.