Grappa is a unique concept in chandeliers with lampshades that hang like grapes on a vine, created by Scandinavian multidisciplinary design and architecture office Claesson Koivisto Rune, based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Created for manufacturer Wonderglass, the clustered lampshape ’bunches’ consist of a number of similar-looking ’grapes’, which vary slightly in size and shape.

Like nature, the beauty is created both through the repetition of the design and the patterning effect, as well as through the slight irregularities in symmetry.

While developing the concept, Claesson Koivisto Rune found that by utilising just two forms, they were able to produce enough subtle variation to establish the effect they were seeking.

The orbs are made of translucent glass, allowing the LED light source to glow from within, and are stacked in strings, creating columns of various lengths, that dangle from the ceiling like jewels.

Taking inspiration from large-scale lighting installations hanging in monumental interiors, the beauty of the chandelier is that different combinations can be formed – from small-scale lighting items to monumental lamp constellations.

With this freedom of customisation, architects and designers are able to implement their own combinations and arrangements and tailor the lighting system to suit their projects.

Grappa was launched in Milan last week.

To see more articles about Claesson Koivisto Rune view Curve Issues 46 and 47.

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