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Niamh Barry Lighting

Irish, b. 1968

Niamh Barry’s sculptural lighting is an exercise in artistry. The self-taught metalworker approaches each beguiling chandelier, wall light, table lamp and floor lamp with a desire to go beyond the piece’s practicality and create something exceptional. Working in bronze, she welds the metal into intricate shapes that become optical illusions.

Barry was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1968 and graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 1991. After graduation, she opened a studio where she could experiment with light and form based on inspiration from the natural world. In designing her pieces, Barry draws inspiration from everything from plants to astrological patterns.

Barry is particularly well-known for being one of the pioneers of LED lighting. The technology allows her to produce fixtures in novel shapes. The use of bronze and glass, meanwhile, enables her to create a softer and more diffuse glow than one might get with a typical LED lamp, giving her work an inviting feel.

When designing a piece, Barry begins with a simple hand sketch that conveys feeling rather than function. She then makes a model out of wires as well as a model on the computer, which she can digitally manipulate. Finally, metal is bent, rolled and hammered into the desired shape. After the metal is polished to a gleaming shine, the LEDs are integrated into the fixture.

The Business Post called Barry “one of Ireland’s most renowned contemporary artists.” She is among the most prolific names working in LED light sculpture and has been profiled in magazines like Galerie Magazine, Architectural Digest and MODERN Magazine. Since 2001, she has participated in several exhibitions a year, including Themes & Variations, FOG Art + Design and Salon Art + Design.

On 1stDibs, find Niamh Barry lighting and decorative objects.

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Creator: Niamh Barry
Niamh Barry, "Fouette" Wall-Mounted Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2013
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
Fouette, a sconce in bronze, glass, and LED, is arranged in Barry’s signature composition of interconnected ellipses—in this case, uniform in shape, and suggestive, together, of the ...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

"Link" Bronze Chandelier by Niamh Barry, Limited Edition
By Niamh Barry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Link Chandelier Ireland 2013 Niamh Barry: 1968- Introducing the "Link" Bronze Chandelier by Niamh Barry, a limited edition chandelier that will transform any room. This stunning cha...
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2010s Irish Organic Modern Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Vertical Stacked, " Bronze Table Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2020
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
This extraordinary light sculpture, one of a series of strikingly beautiful pieces in blue patina, marks yet another departure for the groundbreaking Irish artist and designer, fur...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Hull, " Bronze Wall-mounted Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2020
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
This extraordinary light sculpture, one of a series of strikingly beautiful pieces in blue patina, marks yet another departure for the groundbreaking Irish artist and designer, furth...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Hung Hull, " Bronze Hanging Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2020
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
This extraordinary light sculpture, one of a series of strikingly beautiful pieces in blue patina, marks yet another departure for the groundbreaking Irish artist and designer, furth...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Horizontal Stacked, " Bronze Table Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2020
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
This extraordinary light sculpture, one of a series of strikingly beautiful pieces in blue patina, marks yet another departure for the groundbreaking Irish artist and designer, furth...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, Blackscape, Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2023
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
The connected forms comprising Blackscape, like those in Barry’s commission for the Central Bank of Ireland, are inspired by the Broighter boat, an Iron Age gold artifact...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, Artist's Hand IV, Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2020
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
As with her previous iterations of Artist's Hand, Niamh Barry once more shows her mastery in conveying beautiful forms of movement with polished bronze and LED. In this case the Iris...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Opal, Bronze

Niamh Barry, What if Everything is Not Linear?, Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2022
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
Niamh Barry often says that her sculptures are drawings in bronze and light. Inspired by natural beauty, her work transcends utility. She strives, above all else, to achieve striking...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Standing, " Patinated Bronze Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2022
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
Niamh Barry often says that her sculptures are drawings in bronze and light. Inspired by natural beauty, the work transcends utility. She strives, above all else, to achieve striking...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "On It Goes IV, " Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2022
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
As with the rest of Naimh Barry's work, On it Goes IV is inspired by forms and movements in the natural world that evoke emotion. With every element of this...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Unique Contemporary Pendant Light Sculpture by Niamh Barry
By Niamh Barry
Located in London, GB
Unique piece 'The Artist's Hand IV'. A captivating light sculpture of hand forged brushed and lacquered bronze, with opal glass tiles concealing LEDs. Floating in space, the sculpture describes a sweep of light warmed by its bronze sculptural support. It will work on a dimmer and is suspended by a simple system for precisely adjusting the drop from the ceiling. Approx. 20 kgs. Since the beginning of her artistic career, Barry has risen to prominence in the art and design world, becoming one of the most sought-after figures working in LED light sculptures today. Barry has been profiled in many publications including the Financial Times' 'How To Spend It', Architectural Digest, Galerie Magazine and Modern Magazine and her work is included in many public and private collections internationally. Most recently Barry has completed a monumental light...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Artist's Hand, " Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2020
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
With artist's Hand, Niamh Barry once more shows her mastery in conveying beautiful forms of movement with polished bronze and LED. In this case the Irish artist, employing elements r...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Opal, Bronze

Niamh Barry, "On It Goes II, " Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2020
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
As with the rest of Naimh Barry's work, on it Goes II is inspired by forms and movements in the natural world that evoke emotion. With every element of this...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Opal, Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Propulsion, " Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2018
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
Niamh Barry’s work starts as line drawings. She is inspired by forms and movements in the natural word that evoke emotion and her finished pieces are compositions that translate thes...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Opal, Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Gesture II" Wall-Mounted Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2018
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
In many of her most powerful sculptures Niamh Barry abandons her signature fluid ellipses for compositions of sharp angles arranged in dynamic, crisscrossing lines forms that suggest...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Underneath, " Patinated Bronze Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2018
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
A study of the human form, this extraordinary patinated bronze sculpture evinces physical muscular strength, strain, and balance--giving it a remarkable presence all its own. Size ...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Muscularity, " Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2019
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
Barry’s muscularity is composed of four horizontally arranged, dark patinated ellipses, each barnacled with a light-emitting coque. Each coque, in turn, possesses a warm golden inter...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "On It Goes, " Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2018
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
As with the rest of Niamh Barry's work, on it goes is inspired by forms and movements in the natural world that evoke emotion. With every element of this ne...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

Materials

Opal, Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Tilted Head II, " Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2016
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
This remarkable sculpture by Niamh Barry—a composition of fluid rings in polished bronze and LEDs covered by tiled strips of opal glass—is, like much of the artist’s work, inspired b...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Vessel Scape II, " Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2017
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
The connected forms comprising vessel scape II, like those in Barry’s commission for the Central Bank of Ireland, are inspired by the Broighter boat, an Iron Age gold artifact...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Vessel II" Wall-Mounted Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2017
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Vessel series of light sculptures, this remarkable sconce in bronze has a warm concave bowl inset with a mirror-polished shade. The misshapen ovals complement one another...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Counterpoise, " Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2014
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
Barry’s Counterpoise is composed of two polished bronze ellipses, barnacled with a series of light-emitting coques. Each coque, in turn, possesses a warm golden interior and an inset...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Counterpoise II, " Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2017
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
Barry’s Counterpoise II is composed of two polished bronze ellipses, barnacled with a series of light-emitting coques. Each coque, in turn, possesses a warm golden interior and an in...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Niamh Barry, "His, " Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2014
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
In many of her most powerful sculptures Niamh Barry abandons her signature fluid ellipses for compositions of sharp angles arranged in dynamic, crisscrossing lines forms that suggest...
Category

2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Tilted Head, " Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2014
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
This remarkable sculpture by Niamh Barry a composition of fluid rings in polished bronze and LEDs covered by tiled strips of opal glass is, like much of the artist’s work, inspired b...
Category

2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Knotted, " Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2015
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
Niamh Barry’s work starts as line drawings. She is inspired by forms and movements in the natural word that evoke emotion and her finished pieces are compositions that translate thes...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Unfolded" Hanging Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2015
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
Niamh Barry’s work starts as line drawings. She is inspired by forms and movements in the natural word that evoke emotion and her finished pieces are compositions that translate thes...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

Niamh Barry, "Unfolded II, " Suspended Light Sculpture, Ireland, 2017
By Niamh Barry
Located in New York, NY
Niamh Barry’s work starts as line drawings. She is inspired by forms and movements in the natural word that evoke emotion and her finished pieces are compositions that translate thes...
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2010s Irish Niamh Barry Lighting

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Bronze

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