Apparatus' Neo marble collection influenced by ancient rituals

Apparatus creates Neo Marble collection influenced by ancient rituals

New York studio Apparatus has unveiled a marble lantern and vessel that embody "the visual language of ceremonial objects" (+ slideshow).

New Marble by Apparatus

The Neo Marble line features a lamp in three sizes and a large bowl, all crafted from Italian marble – a material that has "historically signified strength and permanence".

New Marble by Apparatus

"Materials study drives our design ethos as a studio and we have found an opportunity to work with an incredible quarry in Italy," said the studio's creative director, Gabriel Hendifar.

"Our aim was to connect with the timelessness of marble and create objects that feel somehow boiled down to their most essential elements."

New Marble by Apparatus

The Neo lantern features a glass orb that sits atop a conical base made of marble. A thin strip of machined brass wraps the top of the base. A single candle within the sandblasted glass sphere emits a soft glow.

New Marble by Apparatus

The lamp is available in white or black marble and comes in three sizes.

New Marble by Apparatus

The Neo vessel is composed of a solid brass bowl set within an urn-like marble base. The footed bowl can be removed from the urn and stand on its own.

New Marble by Apparatus

The vessel is offered in white and black marble, in one size. Prices for the Neo Marble pieces range from $780 to $2,400 (£517 to £1,656).

"Working at the nexus of primitive utility and ancient ritual, Neo Marble distills the visual language of ceremonial objects to their simplest forms," the studio said.

New Marble by Apparatus

"The commanding proportions of the collection draw inspiration from structural relics and antiquities, continuing the studio's investigation of material and narrative, balance and proportion."

Launched in 2012 by Hendifar and communications specialist Jeremy Anderson, Apparatus is known for creating modern lighting and furniture with a vintage feel.

New Marble by Apparatus

Aged brass, etched glass, leather and porcelain comprise the firm's material palette. Pieces are finished and assembled at the studio's Manhattan headquarters.

New Marble by Apparatus

During the 2015 New York Design Week in May, Apparatus unveiled two new lines of lighting fixtures, along with a table that marked the studio's foray into furniture design. Apparatus is one of the many studios that make up the "exploding" lighting scene in New York.