Ambrosia

Lindsey Adelman New York Oct 2016 - Nov 2016

The Future Perfect debuted a series of hand-blown glass vessels by designer Lindsey Adelman in the fall of 2016. Known for her iconic lighting designs, Ambrosia marks Adelman’s first exploration of this typology in glass integrating metals in one-of-a-kind vessels, cups and oil lamps.

For the Ambrosia series Adelman draws reference from ancient mythology. Adelman said of the series: “The title refers to a Greek nymph in a myth depicted on a historical Roman cage cup from the 4th century. The mythical, violent King Lycurgus tried to kill Ambrosia, a follower of the god Bacchus. She was turned into a vine and the glass cup depicts the scene of her wrapping around Lycurgus and dragging him to the Underworld.”

Visual elements of the Ambrosia Collection refer to this mythical vine imagery and capturing in the plot. Hand-linked brass chain is laid in a pattern into molten glass and then hand-blown so that delicate metal “drawings” take shape around each vessel’s final sphere. Adelman added: “Chain as a material can offer both protection and entrapment. With Ambrosia, there is an interplay of ‘trapping the traps’ within the glass, while at once allowing the final form to be open. The end result evokes an imagined grasp on an elusive moment.”

Each of the Ambrosia vessels is one-of-a-kind and will be displayed as assemblages. The entire collection has been created exclusively for The Future Perfect, which has presented work by Lindsey Adelman for close to a decade. In keeping with The Future Perfect’s growing focus on directly commissioning studio work and presenting unexpected, groundbreaking design, Ambrosia marks the third special collaboration between Adelman and founder David Alhadeff, following Knotty Bubbles (2009) and Totem (2014).

“Since the start of her career, Lindsey has fearlessly challenged traditional glass techniques,” said David Alhadeff, founder of The Future Perfect. “It’s been an honor to work with Lindsey on special collaborations and to provide a platform for her to experiment with new ideas.”

ABOUT LINDSEY ADELMAN

 

Just over a decade since founding her namesake studio, Lindsey Adelman has become one of America’s most influential tastemakers. A piece of Lindsey Adelman lighting is instantly recognizable for its pop sensibility, shape-shifting forms and ingenious use of raw materials. Playful, collaborative and romantic, key collection pieces range from vine-like fringed wall lights to Adelman’s seminal branching blown glass “Bubble” chandeliers. A Lindsey Adelman chandelier is one of a kind.

Born in New York in 1968, Adelman first discovered industrial design while working as an editorial assistant at the Smithsonian Institute. She then completed a degree at the highly esteemed Rhode Island School of Design, going on to work with the Seattle-based Resolute lighting company. Two years later, she was drawn back to New York, pursuing a collaboration with friend and fellow RISD graduate, David Weeks.

Butter, the pair’s ensuing collaboration, achieved immediate success. One of their first and most recognizable projects was Lunette, a glass-fiber clip-on lamp, which collected both a Design Distinction award in I.D.’s 1999 Annual Design Review and an Editor’s Choice Award in lighting at ICFF.

In 2006, Adelman founded her eponymous studio and launched The Branching Bubble, a hand-blown glass chandelier that would come to epitomize her dream-like, meticulous and slightly futuristic aesthetic. The studio’s popular “You Make It” series, created an easily assembled component system allowing clients to customize their own one-of-a-kind lighting fixture. Subsequent successes have been Cherrybomb, a glamorous interpretation of cherry trees, and the Clamp, which juxtaposes delicate blown glass with the industrial edge of a pewter vice. This is just one of the ways that Lindsey Adelman lights were taken to the next level.

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