The Radial is one of the new pieces
making its design debut this year. In the spirit of evolution, founder and
creative director Adam Hoets has built on some of his existing designs with new
interpretations stemming from these existing pieces.
‘The Radial is a logical extension of
the Lineal – essentially a round version of this piece,’ says Hoets. The Lineal
– one of the brand’s most contemporary and more recent pieces, plays with a
more minimal and pared-down aesthetic, an example of how the designer has
steadily developed willowlamp’s identity.
The inspiration behind the Radial hails
from a similar source to the Lineal – which comes from the idea of creating a
textured grid around a repetitive matrix of lights, and adding chain in layers
and in different metallic finishes to add a richness and warm glow. Like virtually
all of willowlamp’s pieces, The Radial also draws on the natural world. ‘The
Radial refers to the eternal, cyclic ring of life,’ says Hoets.
The pervasive popularity of curvaceous
shapes in contemporary lighting design is what prompted Hoets to create
something along similar lines to add to the willowlamp range. And while Hoets
is never one to follow or be guided by ‘trends’, preferring instead to create timeless
pieces and innovate in unique directions, he felt the creative urge to play
with current typology in his own way.