DDC: Caboche Suspension Lamp
Talk about over the top. The Caboche suspension lamp is a riveted and riveting constellation of half-spheres orbiting a single, sunny halogen bulb. Invisibly clipped to one another and apparently free-floating, the transparent balls are formed of hyper-clear acrylic (specifically, polymethylmetacrylate), a material purer than glass and far lighter in weight. The latest ingenious creation of industrial designers Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto for Milan’s Foscarini, this oblate spheroid illuminates the four directions. Concentric rings of transparent mini-globes amplify the brightness of the lone light source. A white matte glass disk at top permits light to reflect off the ceiling, while within, a milky screen of the same material shields the bulb and prevents "dazzling," the disconcerting experience of blinding light--thus making the lamp ideal for the honored place above the dining table. The lantern hangs on three taut wires at a maximum length of 79 inches; two slackened wires convey electricity and an extra measure of drama.