Referencing window blinds, Scandinavian lighting and the rear windows of 1980s ‘muscle’ cars the Louvre is a surprisingly elegant and understated light. Seamless, pressed-aluminium louvres with compound-curved corners are repeated layer upon layer.
This creates a multifaceted shade that provides glare-free, directional and ambient light. It’s a practical light source as well as a fascinating and formally enticing object in its own right. The long proportions and scale of Louvre make it ideal for hanging above a dining table. ‘Our aim was to illuminate the space as well as the light itself.’ Klauser & Carpenter
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André and Ed first met whilst studying on the Design Products course at the Royal College of Art in 2000. Each of them set up their individual practice immediately after leaving and built an exceptional portfolio of work. It was mainly through their shared client Thorsten van Elten that Ed and André kept in contact in the following years. They formed Klauser & Carpenter on the back of some successful collaborations. They have since built an impressive list of clients in the UK and internationally, working on a wide range of design projects. They are also partners in the design and production company Very Good & Proper. André Klauser was born in Hanover, Germany. He graduated in Design at the Fachhochschule Munster in 2000. From 1999 he worked for Jasper Morrison at Office for Design in London, then graduated from the RCA Design Products course in 2002. Klauser lives and works in London. In addition to his design work, he is a Tutor on the Design Products course at the Royal College of Art. Carpenter originally trained as a sculptor at Kingston University before completing an MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art. Perhaps Carpenter’s most prolific work to date has been the Pigeon Light produced for Thorsten Van Elten.