Chinese studio Neri & Hu created a collection of lamps inspired by early morning sunlight. The lights are called Xi, which means “light of dawn” in Chinese, a specific time in the morning when the sun is just beginning to rise.
The collection consists of two pendant lamps and one table lamp and combines traditional Eastern design with Italian leather and hand-blown Venetian glass. Each piece contains two different types of hand-blown glass – the upper glass part has a uniformly rippled surface and is transparent but colored with tones of amber, emerald, sapphire or moonstone. The lower part of the glass is mother-of-pearl etched to obtain a translucent matte effect and a “warm and diffused” light. The light can also be adjusted with a dimmer system.
Saddle leather strips are wrapped around the light body. In the hanging version the leather cord serves as a support, in the table version the leather cord serves as both support and handle, anchoring it to the metal base with a natural brass finish. The hanging lamps are placed on a hanging horizontal bar, the height of which can be adjusted. The lights can be moved to different positions with the bar. The soft light of these lamps is reminiscent of early morning sunlight: it is not bright but very soothing and delicate.