Design Neri&Hu, 2009. Bamboo rattan cage, aluminum, glass, steel. Made in The Netherlands by Moooi. This oversized light was inspired by a made-believe folklore story of an Asian emperor & a beautiful nightingale
Once upon a time an Asian emperor was given a nightingale as a gift. The bird was so beautiful and sang in such a bewitching way that the emperor fell immediately in love with it and decided to keep it forever by his side. So the nightingale was put in a beautiful, majestic cage in the imperial chambers & became the delight of the emperor's days
Neri & Hu took on a modern translation of this story and produced a collection of pendant/floor/table lamps in stained woven bamboo. The poetics of an emperor's life, a life no longer relevant in today's world, can be abstracted in the form of an object such as the light. The use of hand-crafted bamboo weaving in an industrial product creates an elegant yet uncanny design statement. A lamp so particular & majestic that it could become your personal nightingale
forever by your side to brighten up your days. The Emperor collection includes suspension, floor and table lamps. They are offered with a glass diffuser that creates a very warm glow of light. Each cage is woven by hand and therefore has a unique character. Touch dimmer on table lamp is operated by touching the stem. 25.2" h | shade: 13" dia. | requires 1x40W G9 halogen bulb. Not UL listed, though suitable for US/CA market.