We checked in with Brooklyn's Juniper, who collaborated with Pascale Girardin, on the design process of the Love Me Not pendant.
For this month’s Deconstruction, we’re checking in with Brooklyn-based Juniper who collaborated with Montreal-based artist and ceramicist Pascale Girardin on the Love Me Not (À La Folie) pendant. The sculptural fixture’s organic form is created through five layers of hand-formed, porcelain-finished acrylic, ensuring that each light is a little bit different and unique. Here, Juniper shares a look at the design process, from ideation to material choices to the finished project. Take a look.
The Love Me Not (À La Folie) light pendant was a natural collaboration that bloomed on our first meeting with artist and ceramicist Pascale Girardin. Pascale has been creating these beautiful ceramic floral sculptures out of her Montreal studio for years. It was clear that its second most natural incarnation was to be a light pendant.
Like all good design, it has to start with pen on paper.
Like the ceramic sculptures, each piece would be different, but more structure would be needed to make this a viable product.
While the design intent remains fully intact, it was obvious early on that a lot would have to change behind the scenes for this to work as a functional lighting product.
Using LEDs has innumerable benefits, but they are very sensitive to heat. Aaron Meyers, industrial designer at Juniper, designed a series of heatsink options that maximized heat dissipation, and served as retaining hardware, while all the while retaining the organic design.
With cut drawings prepared it is time to fabricate the two-part molds used to form the petals.
Aaron Meyers is building out the MDF molds. This detailed process took over three weeks to process the full set of molds required to form the five diffuser layers in each lamp.
Choosing the right material for the leaves was elemental. Ceramic has the right feel, but it is too f...