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.
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.
Adelman’s prodigious output has been recognized among the design press, museums and leading galleries. Her work sells at New York’s The Future Perfect and BBDW Gallery and
Milan’s esteemed Nilufur locations. Shows have been held at the Beirut Art Center, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Design Miami Fair. Adelman both designs and builds her installations at her NoHo studio with the help of her team and hand selected local artisans.
A bona fide tastemaker that moves beyond the parameters of the design and architecture world, Adelman also creates jewelry, tiles, furniture and wallpaper. Her passions and influences are rich and wide, resulting in unexpected collaborations such as a music video in which Adelman and her studio combined lighting, dance and set design to create a sui generis multimedia art performance.