Cheshire Architects 68 Kingi Pendant Light

  • Pou Auaha / Creative Director
    Emily Priest
  • Ringatoi Matua / Design Director
    Emily Priest
  • Kaitautoko / Contributor
    Isaac Katzoff of Monmouth Glass
  • Client
    Cooper and Company

We wanted to create a chandelier for a space that embodied local craft at its core. We worked with a local glass artisan to create these pendants- their scale found only through the trial and error of moulding and the pulling apart of the hot molten material itself.

Its forms were simple. Its colours reflected in the space it was to sit. Neutrals, greens, bronzes, and simple patinaed brass fixings to hold each piece in place. We created three sizes, ranging from a 250mm plane of glass to 500mm. Each, hand moulded into a softened curved blade, beaten, and slowly cooled.

We wanted to create a series of pendants that could be clustered together or easily placed as a solo piece, to occupy the horizon of the space, but equally fill its vertical lengths. Flexibility was important, with the desire to fine tune each placement on site.

The pendants were developed quickly. We had only 6 weeks from sketch to being hung in the space. This is the beauty of local craft, with fabricators living in the same city limits. It not only affords a high-quality finish, but at lighting speed, with no added lead times of freight and a desire to work together.

Photographer: Sam Hartnett