Xavier Mañosa is a master ceramicist Barcelona, and founder of Apparatu. With Mashallah Design, he has created Pleat Box for Marset: a family of ceramic pendants that have cloth-like pleats in them. The resulting shape is very satifying -- simple, yet interesting.
The image above shows the various shapes and external finishes. There is the option internally of a gold lining that, with an incandescent light source, will cast the most beautiful light:
But our favourite is probably the terracotta version:
which has a traditional feel, and which makes one think not just of the craftsmanship used to create it, but also of gardens:
Here is what Marset say about the collection: "The idea behind the Pleat Box is that of a sophisticated combination between a digitally-designed crease in a piece of cloth, the silhouette of which is applied to a ceramic base.
"The outer part of the lamp is offered in white ceramic, underglazed red clay and grey –the result of recycling different enamels. The brilliant white enamel interior creates a glitter effect, which enhances the light from the lamp. It can also be supplied in gold on the inside, which generates an extremely warm light. Available in 4 sizes: diameter 47cm, 36cm, 24cm & 13cm.
"Pleat Box has come about through the first-ever collaboration between Xavier Mañosa, a master ceramicist from Barcelona, and the Mashallah design studio in Berlin with Marset."
For more on the making of these fascinating lights, see Dailytonic.