London-based designer Michael Anastassiades and Italian lighting specialist Flos have created Ama, a lighting installation reminiscent of a delicate ring of pearls.
Made from hand-blown opaline glass and brass, the band of spherical lights is placed on the floor to emit a soft, ambient glow. The translucency of the white glass provides a gentle luminosity, creating a magical illusion of pearl-like orbs. Inspiration for the piece comes from a group of female free divers in Japan called Ama women, who dangerously venture to the depths of the ocean bed to collect pearls.
A fascination with light and illusion is influencing artists and designers to focus on our perception of the world. This theme is outlined in our Play of Light colour concept for Spring/Summer 2015. Read more about the compelling and ethereal qualities of white light in our Whiteout report.
Ama is currently showing at London's Victoria and Albert Museum as part of London Design Festival. Look out for further coverage of the event, coming soon. See live updates from the team via #StylusLDF14 on Twitter and Instagram.