Bec Brittain designs sculptural lamps based on cranes

Bec Brittain designs sculptural lamps based on tubes of light

New York lighting designer Bec Brittain has designed crane-like lamps composed of brass, bronze, concrete and leather loops (+ slideshow). 

Bec Brittain designs architectural looking lamps for the Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York

Brittain presented her first two series of freestanding lights, named Vault and Crane, at a solo exhibition at New York's Patrick Parrish Gallery in early July.

Bec Brittain designs architectural looking lamps for the Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York

The lamps in the Crane series each feature a bronze body – fashioned as the crane – that hoists up a glowing borosilicate glass rod with a leather strap.

Bec Brittain designs architectural looking lamps for the Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York

The larger-scale Vault lamps have a concrete base and a thin, curving line of brass, punctuated with LED tubes, wooden elements and ceramic pendants.

Bec Brittain designs architectural looking lamps for the Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York

"The widely varying scale of the pieces prompts a different interaction with the viewer," said the gallery. "Some pieces are human scale and are easily perceived as objects, while others become architectural, creating space for one to walk through."

Brittain came to lighting via what she describes as a "windy route". She started out on a product design course at Parsons School of Design but found it didn't suit her.

Bec Brittain designs architectural looking lamps for the Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York

Instead she studied philosophy at New York University and then architecture at the Architectural Association in London before heading back home to work at architecture studio WorkAC.

Bec Brittain designs architectural looking lamps for the Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York

After a year or so she switched direction again, ending up as a design director for New York's premier lighting designer Lindsey Adelman.

Bec Brittain designs architectural looking lamps for the Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York

"With architecture, you have to let go of a layer of detail at some point because you have subcontractors," she said, explaining the career switch. "I like the fact that I can be more obsessive with detail on this scale."

Bec Brittain designs architectural looking lamps for the Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York

"It's more pragmatic," she adds. "If you were that obsessive with architecture, you would never get anything built."