Design by Amanda Betz.By Le Klint.
After a lot of experimenting, designer Amanda Betz succeeded in creating a unique folding pattern with octagons in the center parts. The Cassiopeia Pendant Light is one of the first lights in Le Klint's history with perforations in the folded surfaces. Light radiates from the the punched holes, creating a beautiful play of light in any space. Offered with a white shade, cord, and canopy.
Available with incandescent or energy efficient, compact fluorescent lamping.
Dimensions: 19"D X 9"H
Lamp Type: compact fluorescent, incandescent
Manufacturer Specifications: Click to download Specifications.
Models: LK150M LK150MG
Since her graduation from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Architecture in 2005 when she won the VOLA prize, Amanda Betz has been working in the tension field between architecture, design, and art.
Her works of art have been exhibited in various galleries and museums. For the exhibition FOLD, Amanda created a number of folded items. One of these was later developed into the current design which has been named "Cassiopeia".
"The creation of the Cassiopeia lamp took me through an absorbing and meditative process as I had to make the patterns by hand with a pointed set of tools and afterwards fold along the embossed lines – just like the pleating girls at Le Klint did when they first started their dexterous handicraft. I have tried to take the design of these lamps to the limits of what is actually possible within the art of folding. I do hope that my understanding and fascination of the folding process will manifest itself through the product." - Betz
Modern Danish Lighting from Le Klint
P.V. Jensen Klint was an architect and also a far-sighted and visionary gentleman. He had designed a stoneware oil lamp which needed an appropriate shade. What does the gifted and curious designer do? He invents a unique product – a lamp shade with folding across the pleats.
P.V. Jensen was a Bachelor of Engineering, an architect and a painter. One must accentuate two achievements which still remain after his death. One is the Grundtvig Church in Copenhagen and the other is the cross pleated lamp shade which 40 years later went into production under the company name of LE KLINT.
Tage Klint, son of P.V. Jensen Klint, was the creative entrepreneur who in 1943 chose to turn the family's artistically folded lamp shades into a regular business. He also added a crucial detail to the original shades; the unique “collar” at the top of the lamp, designed to fix the shade to the metal stand. Furthermore, he designed a number of lamps which have all been a part of LE KLINT's assortment.
In 1953 his son, Jan Klint, took over the company. As a business man, he was years ahead of his time. In order to secure his employees, he created a fund which has since 1972 been in charge of the company LE KLINT. In addition, the fund supports former employees, designers and architects.
The unique concept and the enterprising Klint family would not have been enough on their own, because without one particular resource, namely all the skilled pleaters at Le Klint, it would have been impossible to put the concept into actual production.
Assiduous, precise and highly dextrous, they have turned the designers' proposals and models into beautiful shades over the years. The pleaters are still there today – because no machine can ever replace craftsmanship.
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