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UNDERSTANDING Ango

Ango wire matrix pendants

So you have an important project and you want to specify lights that are exceptional, not same-old, same-old. You are longing for fresh designs and novel materials. This is when you should turn to Ango,  Angus Hutcheson'a company based in Thailand.

Their lights are made either from natural materials or from composite/natural materials that they have developed by experimentation. They say that "the whole low impact./low energy intensive process of how we create our designs also represents our view of how enlightened, environmentally responsible 21st century design and production can be."

Ango table lights
Ango pendant lights

What does this mean in practice? Well, Ango is best known for the use of silk cocoons (see the table light on the far left above). Silk worms live on mulberry trees, so their bark is also used (see the lowest of the three pendants). Also shown are luminaires in rattan (a natural sustainable product) and hand soldered wire matrix (using locally available craft skills).

What is striking is the range of environments into which these amazing pieces can fit.

Maybe not surprisingly, they are particularly at home in interiors that make the most of wood and other natural materials – here at the Per Aquum resort in Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives...

Ango at the Huvafen Resort, The Maldives 1

...the Hotel Torralbenc, Minorca...

Ango at Torralbenc Hotel, Menorca 1
Ango at Torralbenc Hotel, Menorca 3

...and the Vana Retreats in India...

Ango at Vana Retreats India 1
Ango at Vana Retreats India 2

They suit casual, relaxed, luxurious environments, often located by water – by the sea at the W Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand...

Ango W Hotel Samui Thailand 1
Ango at W Hotel Samui Thailand 2

...or by a lake in the Cotswolds, as in this lake house by Yoo:

Ango at Lake House by Yoo, Cotswolds 2
Ango at Lake House by Yoo, Cotswolds

BUT, but, but...that does not mean that Ango's lights cannot work equally well in urban environments such as Mary's Café in Tokyo...

Ango at Marys Cafe Tokyo 1

...where interiors have a subdued colour palette, as in the Hotel Chavanel, Paris...

Ango at Hotel Chavanel Paris

or this house in London:

Ango in a house in London.jpg

There is no more urban a space than a massive department store! They create their own challenges, with large spaces to fill. Whatever is used must (a) convey luxury, and (b) not be too heavy, dense or dominating.

Look how gloriously Ango rise to the challenge at the Emporium shopping mall in Bangkok's Khlong Toei district:

Ango at Emporium Bangkok 2
Ango at Emporium Bangkok 4

Just think of the logistics on installing the installation below, let alone making it!

Ango at Emporium Bangkok 1
Ango at Emporium Bangkok 3

Angus is a delight to work with, he can customize and his pieces are uniquely his inventions.

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