pendants for the 21st century: artisanal lighting by Bec Brittain

Bec Brittain is a Brooklyn-based artist and product designer who apprenticed under contemporary lighting eminence Lindsey Adelman before going solo almost 2 years ago.  And since then she has developed a strong following to her own signature style of modern lighting.  With an artsy family background and studies in product design, architecture and philosophy it took some time for her to find her groove but now that she has, she’s unstoppable! I’m so happy for her. Below is a sample of her most accomplished work in lighting.

The SHY light (all above – named after the initials in her grandmother’s name) is a wonder of invisible geometric planes dancing in midair; an armature of brass incorporating 24v LED bulbs that emit a wonderful white light.  The pendant comes in many configurations and can easily be used as decorative or task lighting in practically any style of interior. It’s lovely to see their versatility!
The Maxhedron, is the natural evolution of the SHY light in which the sides of the geometric shapes are now filled-in with 2-way mirrors.  When the lights are off, the fixture reflects the world around it but when the lights are on, the 12v halogen bulbs inside emit a beautiful crystalline light that transforms the fixture into a glamorous see-through pendant.  It’s the perfect example of transforming materials through light and reflection!
The Axial pendant is a steel cube on its axis with a corner removed from which the light is emitted.  Using a standard Edison bulb it has a raw industrial elegance to it and is perfect for those very tailored and modern rectilinear spaces.
image credits: Bec Brittain, Brooklyn.  SHY lamp in dining room, photo Michael Paul, interior design Caroline Legrand, London.

PS: Thank you for stopping by and reading my feature today.  I love what I do as an interior designer and art advisor, and it’s my hope that through these blog posts I’m enriching and heightening your aesthetic sensibility towards art, design and fabulous interiors in some way ~ Richard Rabel (a.k.a. the modern sybarite)