Grappa chandelier by Claesson Koivisto Rune
hangs in strings of grape-like forms

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Milan 2014: Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune has created a modular chandelier, with strings of ovoid lights influenced by the shape of grapes hanging on a vine.

Grappa chandelier by Claesson Koivisto Rune Milan

Claesson Koivisto Rune's Grappa chandelier for London company Wonderglass comprises glass diffusers produced in two slightly different lengths. These can be arranged along a central stem to create strings of glowing beads.

Grappa chandelier by Claesson Koivisto Rune Milan

"Like a bunch of grapes on a vine, nature creates beauty through variation within repetition," said the designers. "The bunch consists of a number of the same-shaped grapes but each grape varies slightly in size to the next."

Grappa chandelier by Claesson Koivisto Rune Milan

"With this mental image in mind, we have developed a concept based on stacking a series of lampshades to create columns of various lengths," they added.

Grappa chandelier by Claesson Koivisto Rune Milan

Influenced by the spectacular chandeliers that hang in palaces and grand buildings, the designers wanted to develop a modular product that can be used to create large installations as well as smaller lighting fixtures.

Grappa chandelier by Claesson Koivisto Rune Milan

Combining the two elements in various configurations results in a multitude of subtly different installations that can be adapted to suit specific spaces.

Grappa chandelier by Claesson Koivisto Rune Milan

The translucent glass shades diffuse light from rows of LED bulbs fixed to the surface of a transparent column and the LEDs can also emit coloured light if desired.

Grappa chandelier by Claesson Koivisto Rune Milan
Installing the Grappa chandelier

Wonderglass uses traditional glass-blowing facilities in Venice to produce the elements of its chandeliers. The brand also launched designs by Zaha Hadid and John Pawson at its Milan exhibition last week.