UK, London. Last year, former project manager at Eva Menz Design, Raffe Burrell opened a new studio focused on the creation of furniture and lighting. Raffe Burrell Studio's latest piece is a beautiful chandelier called Sirius.
Sirius, which is also the name of the brightest star in the night sky, is a bespoke chandelier designed with dining and living settings in mind. Shown here at 1.2m in length, 0.5m wide with a 0.5m drop, Sirius is limited to eight, each composed of several glass tubes filled with fine metal leaves and arranged closely together to create beacons of light. Using various diameters and lengths of glass containing a mixture of shredded gold, silver and copper leaf, these handcrafted elements transform and play with light produced by custom bi-directional LED fittings suspended within.
“It is the first piece produced solely under my own name, entirely handcrafted in London,” explains Burrell, who reveals how the chandelier was influenced by previous concepts and developed together with the client for their private residence. “It is a piece that would work as well on a yacht as it does in a residence, although it would need a few adjustments but these alternations wouldn’t impact on the aesthetic.”
Domes at the bottom of each tube form a collection of concave lenses, of various strengths, that aid in focusing light on the setting below. “It is important to understand the material, spending time in the workshop and experimenting to achieve the desired effect,” says Burrell.
The artist’s fascination with materials and production techniques, old and new, assist in creating stunning sculptures and artworks with a high degree of detail. With more than 10 years’ experience, Burrell has worked on a number of projects worldwide where private commissions have demanded the creation of one of a kind pieces.
Since completing his first installation of Sirius, Burrell has received interest for a three-metre long version of the chandelier to sit above a 4.5m long table, reflecting the possibilities to customise the Sirius design. “For the first chandelier, the base plate is a matt black but it could easily be flush with the ceiling or matched with one of the metal colours within the glass tubes. There are many options though,” says Burrell.
Alongside this limited edition series, Burrell reveals how the studio is working on new furniture pieces that blend ‘chemistry and design’, and will be launched soon.