If the above quote is true—and it certainly has a ring of veracity to it—then industrial designer Peter Bristol may have achieved flawlessness with the THIN Chandelier he designed for Juniper Lighting. What is perhaps most astonishing about his understated masterpiece is not only its simplicity, but also its ability to
be articulated to form a variety of biomorphic shapes and geometric configurations.
The marriage of complexity with minimalism is no easy task, but it’s a hallmark
of great design.
“Peter Bristol’s designs are deceptively simple,” said Juniper Lighting founder and
president Shant Madjarian. “Stripped of all unnecessary lines and mass, his work is
easy on the eye, but often challenging to bring to life. The fixture appears to suspend
and illuminate magically, as if with no wiring and no weight.”
As the second collaboration between Bristol and Juniper, the THIN Chandelier
draws both inspiration and function from the previously released THIN Task Lamp,
but builds on the concept to form a contemporary interpretation of the traditional
chandelier. Available in raw and black oxidized brass, the long LED arrays produce a
total of 6,500 lumens. Each of the 12 ultra-thin, modular arms contains two hinges,
which can be folded down to form a tight 13-inch diameter pendant, expanded to a
12-foot diameter chandelier, or swiveled to create an arachnid-like shape that adds a
uniquely playful touch to an otherwise serious fixture.
“The THIN Chandelier is made of an array of hinged lamp arms,” Bristol explained.
“Together, the arms create an infinitely flexible chandelier architecture. It can be posed to
take on many characters and its configuration can evolve with the style of its environment.”
The belief that good design is essential and holds the power to change people’s
lives is a founding principle of the Brooklyn-based Juniper. Founded in 2011, the
design studio and fabrication house is passionate about offering thoughtfully realized
solutions in lighting, furniture, and accessories. And the THIN Chandelier is a perfect
illustration of the company’s mission and ideals.
“Developing and manufacturing the THIN Chandelier has been one of the most
exciting experiences for Juniper to date,” Madjarian said. “We make this happen with
carefully constructed precision-machined brass, a proprietary spring system, and
miniature connectors. The result is a chandelier that can be user manipulated on the
fly to form almost any arrangement from one- to 10-feet wide. That’s innovation, and
we feel pretty good about it.”
Peter Bristol’s THIN Chandelier is a
masterpiece of both form and function.
“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add,
but when there is nothing left to take away.”
—Antoine de Saint-Exupery