ICFF 2010: Ikebana Arranging
While cruising the floor of the ICFF today, I couldn't resist dropping in to have a chat with Dwell's old neighbor and all around good guy, San Francisco–based designer Peter Stathis. In recent years Stathis has netted acclaim for his novel lighting designs, such as Link, for manufacturer Pablo. This year he's branched out on his own (somewhat literally) with a new design called Ikebana.
Having seen a preview of the fixture before flying out to New York, I was initially skeptical of the highly decorative design, but within a few minutes of speaking with Stathis, and playing with the posable fixture, I was won over. "I wanted to come to the fair with the most advanced technology and the most decorative form," Stathis claimed.
While the flower takes center stage, Stathises' skill as a veteran designer is more evident in the fixture's delicate looped connection and clever notch that holds the cord in place. He designed these elements to recess into the background, but their soft feel and thoughtful functionality are what allow the decorative form of the flower truly shine.