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Pendant Collection Pays Homage to the Glassblowing Process

Known for its contemporary designs, Italian lighting specialist Lodes is proud to announce its first collaboration with international architecture and design studio, Snøhetta. The partnership sees the launch of Volum, an exclusive new modular pendant collection that pays homage to the Italian tradition of globe-shaped glass lamps—in particular, the glassblowing process that morphs glass into naturally imperfect shapes—while boasting modern architectural sensibilities injected by the Oslo-based designers. Snøhetta was inspired by the architectural need for a contextually adaptable and scalable pendant light solution. Designed to fill a space with an uninterrupted, 360-degree illumination, Volum casts a uniform glow in all directions providing a calming and coherent radiance. The four globes measure 5.5, 8.66, 11.4 and 16.5 inches (diameter), and despite their different sizes, they complement each other intuitively and harmoniously.

Designed to fill a space with an uninterrupted, 360-degree illumination, Volum casts a uniform glow in all directions providing a calming and coherent radiance.

Seamless and understated, each Volum globe’s diffuser and frame appear as a single form – from which the cable is the only hanging element. To achieve this clean, streamlined look, the upper part of the glass has been skilfully cut—at 45 degrees—so that it can be closed with a translucent methacrylate lid that seals the lamp. The lid conceals a metal part attached to the diffuser and the frame that houses the light source so that the only exposed element on the outside is a small opening where the cable slides through and helps balance the globe.

Volum’s glossy white finish is bold yet traditional, offering a decorative touch thanks to the reflections on its surface. With a single transparent hanging power cable, the three smaller sizes can be hung individually, as well as in a cluster on a canopy to make unique compositions. With its re-interpretation of a lighting archetype, Volum represents another step in Lodes’ ongoing exploration of the relationship between lighting, space, and the ways in which the individual interacts with these elements.

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