With Bulb, Danish light artist Sofie Refer lit up the new millennium and a new classic was blown.
The shape refers to the first electrical light bulbs by using thick transparent glass. Sofie Refer continues an elegant Nordic tradition, adding her own passion and femininity. The small irregularities in the mouth blown glass make each of the pendants one of a kind and add the story of the glass master’s personal efforts in changing sand, soda and chalk into a modern classic using a thousand year old method.
Soon after graduating from the Danish Design School in 2003, she opened her Copenhagen-based lighting design and production company Refer + Staer, where she is Partner and Creative Director. Her simple, streamlined designs have garnered her numerous awards, appearing in the private and commercial sector, such as restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and city councils worldwide.
Driven by a passion to find new ways to play with light, Refer uses the latest technology to create designs which signal Scandinavian simplicity with a touch of extravagance.
Ice Chandelier captures the essence of Refer’s aesthetic approach. A cluster of 9 bulbous pendants, it echoes the lavish appeal of classic crystal chandeliers with an asymmetrical twist. The hand-blown glass bulbs are large and unem- bellished, hanging in a delicate cascade that’s unquestionably elegant and contemporary. “Refer’s design clearly challenges our assumptions about chan- deliers,” notes Martin Kornbek Hansen. “At the same time, a variety of config- urations allow you to personalise the lamp. And the hand-blown glass is incorporated into the manufacturing. Reflecting our core concept of tradition tied to innovation.”