Sharon Marston

lightjunction product launch #1: Spiral fibre optic chandelier from Sharon Marston

Sharon Marston Spiral fibre optic chandelier

lightjunction, our new fine lighting event, will be collocated with designjunction at the Sorting Office on New Oxford Street during London Design Week, 18-22 September 2013

Sharon Marston will be showing her wonderful new design, Spiral, on her stand at lightjunction.

As will be seen from the other five designs that she will be showing, the beautiful ornaments that she places through the curtains of side-emitting fibre optic filaments tend to be randomly (or at least asymmetrically), placed.

In Spiral, both the ornaments (blown glass leaves in tones of grey) and the filaments themselves are, well, organized in a spiral. We know the spiral shape is popular down the centre of a staircase -- and not just spiral stairs ...

Sharon Marston Spiral Fibre Optic Light - Grey Glass Leaves down stairwell

...and are also welcomed anywhere where a sense of movement -- up or down -- is desired.

Of course, what you see is just a starting point. Sharon is an artist who will work with you to create something site-specific -- different sizes, or (for example) the glass leaves in an icy green/blue, if you prefer.

You will be able to discuss a specific project with her on her stand, or chat about what can be done generally with fibre optic filaments. This is the point of lightjunction: creating the opportunity for light makers and specifiers to talk to each other, surrounded by examples of the maker's work. 

lightjunction 18 22 September 2013

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Sharon Marston's wonderful installation in Clerkenwell heralds an exciting new direction

Sharon Marston Willow Installation - Order of St Johns [This is a repost. A technical glitch removed the previous version.] 

Sharon Marston had a very good stand at the May Design Series out at ExCeL...

stand at May Design Series 2013

...which showed the kind of work for which she is best known -- and which demonstrated yet again that she is the finest artist in the world working with fibre optic filaments.

But, during the same week, she had an installation at the Order of St John, as part of Clerkenwell Design Week, that was completely different.

Willow Installation - Order of St Johns - 2

Instead, of the main structure being cracked fibre optic filaments, with delicate shapes wafting through them, this time Sharon Marston has used willow branches that were woven together at her studio.

There are fibre optic filaments, but they are almost invisible: what they contribute is tiny points of light that animate the installation.

Sharon Marston Willow Installation - Order of St Johns - Detail 2

And what look like real flowers are in fact 5,000 woven brass mesh flowers, all made by hand, also in that busy studio.

Sharon Marston Willow Installation - Order of St Johns - Detail 1

The result was enchanting -- a real sense of rus in urbe -- and, in its echo of a flower-strewn bower made from one of the trees most commonly found in England, a link to an imaginary bucolic past.

The result was also sustainable: the willow grows so easily (if the cricket bat willows by our lake are anything to go by!) that, environmentally, this installation merely kissed the earth...

Sharon Marston Willow installation at the Order of St johns


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FT How To Spend It: big lights in the dining room

FT How to Spend It cover 09 12 Very few people write properly researched, in depth articles about decorative lighting. When they do, and when a link is available, we share the article with you via a post like this one. (Otherwise, the only voice you hear is mine....)

In the latest Financial Times How To Spend It magazine, Jenny Dalton (one of the best feature writers in our field) has highlighted one of the ways that wow factor lights can be best used: as big features over dining tables. She's used examples from some of our favourite suppliers, some of which have also been featured in recent posts of ours: LZF, Atelier Areti, Willowlamp and Il Pezzo Mancante, the long version of whose chandelier (Il Pezzo Mancante 3) was also used on the cover -- as you can see above. Plus Ochre and the artist Sharon Marston  -- great choices! 

A decorative light on the front of an English consumer magazine! Imagine how delighted we were -- what a Sunday that was!

Anyway, to read the fully illustrated article, click here.

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