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One-of-a-Kind Hanging Lantern-style Lamp in Silk Organza, Rope and Raw Stone

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One-of-a-kind, lantern-like hanging lamp composed of silk organza stretched over a hexagonal steel wire frame, affixed to the ceiling with a rope and anchored to the ground by a stone. Designed by Rafael Prieto in tandem with artist and designer Kritika Manchanda, this piece, entitled “Kite and Stone,” was produced for Prieto’s debut solo exhibition, “Together Over Time,” in April of 2023 at Emma Scully Gallery in New York City. Rooted in intentionality and emotive strategy, Prieto is known for projects that evoke sophisticated wonder. This piece, suggestive of a child's kite fastened to a stone to keep it from flying away, captures that ethos flawlessly. Upon deeper reflection of the work, one could surmise the kite bound to the stone symbolizes how we hold on to fleeting memories.  Drawing inspiration from the traditional six-sided Japanese kite known as "Rokkaku Dako," the structure of the lampshade consists of steel wire fashioned into a vertical hexagon box frame wrapped in wet-pressed silk organza. The wet-pressing technique, utilized by Manchanda specifically for her couture designs, creates a delicate, free-form brushstroke-like pattern through the careful manipulation of the folded material. The lamp is illuminated by a warm LED bulb, emanating a soft glow through the translucent organza shade. The piece as-shown is hardwired, but the rope itself is wired, so it can easily be modified into a plug-in floor lamp that would loop on top and plug into a socket from the bottom end. Further modifications of the electrical connection can be specified to suit your design project for an additional fee. The stone, a raw granite boulder with grey, white, taupe and blue-ish coloration, was hand-selected by Prieto from a local quarry for its ruggedly sculptural quality, raw texture and minerality. Artfully wrapped and delicately knotted by the rope, it cultivates a rich interplay of tension and contrast. The Kite and Stone lamp is at once functional yet surreal, adding a sense of unexpected wonderment and connection with nature to any interior environment. About Rafael Prieto: Rafael Prieto (b. 1981, Mexico) is the Founder and Creative Director of Savvy, a New York and México City -based creative studio. Since founding Savvy in 2012, Prieto has brought his distinct perspective to the building of artistic, innovative and personal concepts in the arts, hospitality, retail, and more. Rafael is also the owner of Casa Bosques, an experimental, cult chocolate company, as well as Casa Bosques Books, an art-forward purveyor of literature in Mexico. He recently opened Pensión, a private guest house above the bookshop. In the past year Prieto has been working on Marrow, a new lighting design studio, playing between function and sculpture. With Marrow, Prieto recently participated in internationally-acclaimed collectible design shows, including SIZED’s INDUSTRIALISM exhibition in the West Village, and MASA’s INTERVENCIÓN/INTERSECCIÓN exhibition at the Rockefeller Center. About Kritika Manchanda: Kritika Manchanda is an artist and designer born in India and based in New York. Her work spans across Fine Art and Textile, exploring themes of identity, space and memory. In her artistic approach, she critically examines colonial history as relates to the practice of dress in India. Manchanda creates works that seem to exist in a state of altered dimension and transparency, blurring the boundaries between physical and psychological. She was recognized with the 2018 CFDA Geoffrey Beene Scholarship Award and was a finalist for the 2019 Gucci Design Fellowship Program.
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