Richard Meier launches minimal lighting collection that resembles his architecture

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Richard Meier launches minimal lighting collection that resembles his architecture

American architect Richard Meier has debuted a range of simple white lamps, in keeping with the signature pared-back style of his buildings.

The architect collaborated with his product-designer daughter Ana Meier, as well as lighting veteran Hervé Descottes, to create the Richard Meier Light collection.

Richard Meier lighting collection
Cycladic Globe

The 12-piece range features sconces, pendants, table and floor lamps – some in simple geometric shapes and others that take cues from portions of the 1984 Pritzker Prize-winner's projects.

"With this collection, we aim to bring the power of architecture to a smaller-scale," said Ana Meier. "I was moved to take recurring themes and forms in Richard's work, and translate them into sculptural objects that are interacted with everyday."

Richard Meier lighting collection
Barcelona I

Lights in the set titled Barcelona are modelled on the architect's Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, completed in 1995.

The first of the wall-mounted designs is shaped like the rectangular portion of the facade above the building's entrance, while the second is a scaled-down version of the curvaceous volume at the other end.

Fire Island I

Meier's 2013 Fire Island House was also used as a reference for the collection. A trio of cuboid floor lamps feature rectangular cut-outs that echo the enclosed portions of the beach-side residence.

Three additional lights form a set called Cycladic. A square and a circular version are sconces, and both are split down the middle so light shines from within one half onto the other.

Richard Meier lighting collection
Cycladic Square

The Cycladic Globe pendant with a ball-shaped glass diffuser and a hemispherical white hat completes the collection.

"These pieces provide a new experience of space, where the user carefully controls the interplay of form and shadow," said Descottes, who founded New York lighting firm L'Observatoire International.

Richard Meier lighting collection
Cycladic Circle

"The designs reveal a dialogue between geometries at different scales, while retaining the precision so distinctive of Richard's cannon of work."

Much like Meier's architecture, the lighting is predominantly made from materials that are either white or have some degree of translucency. They vary from sold surface material Corian to glass by WonderGlass.

Richard Meier lighting collection
Barcelona II

"Architecture has the power to inspire, to elevate the spirit, to feed both the mind and the body," he said. "With this collection, we have distilled this feeling into objects that touch people inside the spaces where they live, work and visit."

Richard Meier Light was unveiled at the Ralph Pucci showroom in New York earlier this month.

Richard Meier lighting collection

The architect, who ranked 96th on Dezeen Hot List, is currently working on building projects in the city that include a luxury tower as part of a development overlooking the Hudson River and an uncharacteristic black skyscraper for the other side of Manhattan.

Photography is by Scott Frances.

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(left and right) Barcelona II, (center) Cycladic Square