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Smith­field S

c. 2009

by Jasper Morrison
for Flos

The Smith­field S pendant lamp takes on an indus­trial and func­tional char­ac­ter that was inspired by Smith­field Market in the London. Designer Jasper Morri­son has master­fully rendered the indus­trial diffuser to reveal subtle curves at the top perime­ter which are quite visu­ally engag­ing within the scale of the fixture itself. The diffuser is composed of aluminum that has been enam­eled in a glossy black, black, white or mud gray finish. 

A simple opales­cent poly­car­bon­ate disc fits within the under­side of the Smith­field lamp’s diffuser. Smith­field S is suspended by a stain­less-steel cable that attaches to the ceiling with the addi­tion of a shallow hemi­spher­i­cal ceiling mount canopy. The elec­tri­cal cord loosely paral­lels the stain­less-steel cable creat­ing a wonder­fully fluid cascad­ing aesthetic – the sheer size of the fixture compared to the suspen­sion, and elec­tri­cal cables create the illu­sion that the diffuser is hover­ing within a space. For more in the series, see the Smith­field C ceiling mounted light.

Jasper Morrison

United Kingdom (1959)

Jasper Morrison is a British designer, born in London in 1959. He is best known for his industrial design work that uses thoughtful design to create mass-produced pieces using advanced technology. Morrison’s design work encompasses furniture design, product design, art direction, and authoring design books. Morrison studied at the Kingston Polytecnic Design School and The Royal College of Art in London, earning both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Design. Throughout the 2000’s he designed kitchen appliances for Rowenta, and opened the Jasper Morrison Shop in 2008 in the building adjacent to his design studio. Morrison has collaborated with many companies throughout his career, including Aram, Cappellini, Vitra, Alessi, Flos, Magis, Rosenthal, Camper, Kettle, and Maharam. In 2014 Morrison created furniture for Tate Modern. Throughout his career he has written books about design, including A Book Of Things, Everything But The Walls, and A World Without Words.

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