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Understanding Willowlamp

Willowlamp Spiral Nebula chandelier

This email pulls together the basic facts that you need to know when specifying Willowlamp.

The company is located in Cape Town and is the brainchild of Adam Hoets. He produces the most amazing, unique chandeliers, all made possible by his patented method of attaching ball chain to laser-cut steel frames.

There are both metallic and colour finishes.

Willowlamp metallic and colour finishes

The metallic finishes are: silver (chrome), smoke, copper, polished brass, and rust.

A Spiral Nebula in copper is shown at the top of this email, and here is a Three-tiered chandelier in smoke:

Willowlamp 3-tier-1000-smoke ball chain chandelier
Willowlamp Flower of Life metal ball chain chandelier

The standard colours are white, red (like the Flower of Life chandelier above), or black (like the Droplet below).


Colour finishes cost more than metal finishes.

Some of the art pieces (more illuminated sculptures than a light source) combine several metal finishes, such as Mandala no. 2:

Willowlamp MANDALA No2-1000-Metal ball chain

Adam divides Willowlamp’s work into two streams: • “Collections” which are standard designs. Specials can be made – what Adam calls “tailoring”, i.e. tailoring the piece to your scheme and location • “Custom Design”.

As examples of the latter, here is a massive piece, inspired by Islamic sacred geometry, for the Liwa Suites, Abu Dhabi…

Willowlamp custom ball chain chandelier installation

…and this oversized Fuchsia in Meliá’s ME London hotel:

custom Willowlamp ball chain chandelier ME Hotel London

These two images graphically display some of the conspicuous advantages of Willowlamp’s custom designs, especially when compared with pieces as big made from any other material: • they are lighter • they are less likely to break in transit, being metal chain (that collapses) rather than glass or some other more solid materials

And who gives you more wow factor for your money?!

You can also see from all the images in this post how elegant, fluid and seductive ball-chain can be.

The Willowlamp web site ( ) is good. There are data sheets for every design, that show everything that you and your client need to know. There are lots of images to download, of the luminaires themselves and also of their being used in real settings, such as this standard, Ø1000mm Spiral Nebula:

Willowlamp Spiral Nebula metal ball chain chandelier

This is a standard Protea 1000 in brass at the Ritz Carlton, Dubai…

Willowlamp Protea chandelier Ritz Carlton Dubai

…for which 35 more chandeliers were specified. Here are some of them on test before despatch:

Willowlamp Flower of Life chandeliers on test

Three points to note when specifying: • the top plates are always stainless steel, whatever the chain colour, unless the chain is rust, in which case the top plate is rusty too • whilst the total heights can be varied, you must confirm the height you need in your order. They are not adjustable on site • lamps tend to be halogen. LEDs are available on request • being in the southern hemisphere, their long summer holiday closure is in December/January.

willowlamp droplet-1000-silver
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Willowlamp at Art Basel

Willowlamp MANDALA No2B-1000 Black Diamond What is art?

I was set this essay title at school in the philosophy class, the term we studied æsthetics. I have continued to ask the question while studying literature and then history of art at university, whilst working at the Arts Council dispensing public money into the arts, and now as we work with lighting.

There is no one answer, but there are many.

For example, it would appear that when you put a light in a sculpture, it is no longer a work of art: it becomes a light and the price you have to pay for it drops by 90%.

On the other hand, if you show a light in an art gallery, it becomes a work of art (and the price goes back up!). For example, the lights at the Hayward's Gallery's Light Show. Or lights from people like Johanna Grawunder  and Studio Drift at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

Which means that Adam Hoets (of  Willowlamp) is now producing works of art, because his Black Diamond will be shown at Art Basel (13-16 June).

At the head of this post you can see a Black Diamond from below. Here are two more angles:

Willowlamp MANDALA No2B-1000 Black Diamond - 4

Willowlamp MANDALA No2B-1000 Black Diamond2 -1

More than once when we have shown pictures of Adam's work to clients, they have asked us to send them a straightforward picture taken with a phone, because they assume that the real thing cannot look as amazing as the images -- that the images must have been doctored. But they haven't -- they do!

Have a look at this Black Diamond 1 -- it really does look like this:

Willowlamp MANDALA No2-1000 Black Diamond -4 chandelier

Willowlamp MANDALA No2-1000 Black Diamond -1 chandelier

And just look what happens when Hoets broadens his colour palette from the the black and white of the Black Diamonds! This is a Mandala:

Willowlamp MANDALA No1-1000-13 chandelier

Willowlamp MANDALA No1-1000-4 chandelier

Willowlamp MANDALA No1-1000-2 chandelier

And the best thing is that you can have stunning wow factor pieces like this for your own project -- and they are priced as Lights, rather than as Works of Art!

Here is a custom piece in the same idiom as Mandala:

willowlamp custom liwa circular geometrical extruded chandelier

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View and Download Willowlamp's 2012/13 catalogue here

Willowlamp cataogue cover 2012 13


proudly present

The 2012/13 Catalogue

We are very proud to share our brand new catalogue with you. It's been in the pipeline for quite some time. We've added to and refined our collections to feature our most innovative and exciting products as well as showcasing select installations and custom projects. You'll see not only where, who and what willowlamp is about, but also catch a glimpse of what inspires us. Our biggest goal is to share that inspiration with you. We offer a number of ways for you to explore our exciting new product catalogue:

Printed Catalogue

We have a limited number of very beautiful printed catalogues for customers who require them. If you would like a copy for your product library please enquire via email with your delivery details. We will mail you a free copy but may require you to cover the courier / shipping cost.

View Online Catalogue

Interactive online catalogue housed on

 Download Complete Catalogue

Including all product sheets. 178 pages 33MB

 Download Short Catalogue

Interactive links to product pages. 82 pages 19MB

Download Individual Product data sheets

Browse the catalogue online here

 or visit

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Thrilling custom Spiral Nebula and Protea from Willowlamp!

Custom spiral nebula from WillowlampTo send us all off for the Easter break with a spring in our steps, here is a picture of a custom Spiral Nebula hanging in their Cape Town workshops that Adam Hoets of Willowlamp sent us this morning. It is Ø150cm: they are about to make another one that is Ø180cm! Chandeliers --  even chandeliers as fabulous as this one! -- are made by real people. Oh yes. To remind us of this, and to show the pride that they take in their work, here is a snap of the Spiral Nebula with the team that made it.

Ø150cm Spiral Nebula by Adam Hoets for Willowlamp Chandeliers also have to be designed by someone. Here is the fons et origo of Willowlamp designs now, Adam Hoets, with a large custom version of Protea (also Ø150cm) that they have just completed:

Ø150cm Protea with Adam Hoets of WillowlampSo, fabulous chandeliers, made by gods real people!

Since Friday Fun is inappropriate to Good Friday, and anyway it is a public holiday in UK, as is Monday, our posts will resume on Tuesday, 10 April.

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