British designers and husband-and-wife duo Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien have collaborated with many big-name brands since setting up their studio, Doshi Levien, in 2000. Their latest project, however, is a more personal one. The seven lights in the ‘Earth To Sky’ collection are all self-produced; there are a series of wall-hung lights, two table lights and one ceiling fixture.
‘I was exploring the coming together of geometry and free forms, drawing fine lines next to intuitive, sculptural shapes,’ says Levien. ‘Then, Nipa picked up a hole-punch, pierced one of the shapes and put a line through it. We instantly realised that we no longer had just a composition, we had an actual structure.’
The drawings were a starting point, with the duo then approaching craftspeople to turn their sketches into reality. All of the lights in the new range are formed by machines normally used for restoring the sophisticated bodywork of ‘E-Type’ and ‘XKI’ Jaguars, with each design made of at least two pieces of automotive-grade aluminium.
‘The project is a combination of space, light and form,’ adds Levien. ‘We started it in order to have complete freedom.’ It’s the first time the duo has entirely produced a collection themselves, it all began with free-form sketches three years ago. The results of that creative liberty are remarkable. Prices on application. doshilevien.com
Look out for Doshi Levien’s home as featured in our forthcoming October issue of ELLE Decoration, out 29 August.