Inspired by The James Webb Space Telescope
designed + built by Art Donovan. Donovan Design. NY
This commission involved creating unusual lamp designs for a truly spectacular new wine cellar in historic River Hills, Wisconsin.
The owner is an enthusiastic connoisseur of wine, food, art, exotic time pieces, really fast cars and nurtures an abiding passion for science, technology and (yes!) Steampunk design. (Mark and his wife and partner, Sabina own a prestigious firm in Los Angeles and are the specialized, "Go To" resource couple when you're law firm is looking to enlist powerhouse, national and international attorneys).
Back to the lights: These custom lights needed to provide an enormous (and fully adjustable) degree of perfectly color-balanced illumination. Multiple LED's in different color temperatures plus Ultra Violet bulbs were the solution. The pendant lamp shown here also needed to be particularly shallow in height to accommodate the 7' 6" lowered ceiling in the second room ( where the HVAC system is also placed.)
For design inspiration, I used the "James Webb Space Telescope" (lifting off in 2018). The shape of the telescope's, layered sun shields and it's 18 hexagonal mirrors were translated here into a slim, rectangular body with corner lights and an illuminated central disk.
The body of the lamp is finished in hand-rubbed graphite and has a subtle metallic sheen in dark neutral gray. The fins are matte black and the details are hand polished brass.
The Central control Panel features a "Magic Eye" illuminated by hidden ultra violet bulbs. The 'Magic Eye' was a visual tuning device used in RCA radios built in the 1930's. Vintage rotary dimmer knobs and toggle switches with indicator bulbs create fully adjustable lighting for all 12 interior bulbs- with the added bonus of being fun to operate and with a great tactile sensation. The hidden LED Up-Lights wash the ceiling with bright, diffused ambient room light. The Central Disk creates a diffused down light and the Corner Spot Lights create bright task illumination. All bulbs may be operated independently.
The bottom of the pendant has an engraved plaque and a gold leaf Elk, which is the owner's family crest.
CERN wall light
Custom Wall Light inspired by the Large Hadron Particle Collider at Cern.
The wall lamps for the wine cellar had to be equally unique and capable of throwing a great deal of light- in all directions. Hidden LED Up-Lights, Down-Lights and Central ambient lights create a complex glowing lamp.
As all my designs, it is entirely hand made and hand painted. The central portion, inspired by the L.H.P.C main collector is painted in a translucent, back-lit color that I call "Museum Blue"- a combination of many different color dyes that create a unique blend when illuminated from behind. Slabs of 1/2" glass project from both sides and are illuminated by the interior bulbs.
A decorative U.V. LED bulb projects forward.
Designed and entirely hand made by Art Donovan for Donovan Design NY
For information and custom capabilities, contact: Art Donovan donovandesign(at)optonline(dot)net