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Kawari Crane by Bec Brittain

Curved glass tubes form Kawari Crane lamp by Bec Brittain

New York designer Bec Brittain has referenced the shapes of ancient Japanese helmets in a glass and bronze lamp, which she presented at this year's Design Miami fair.

The Kawari Crane is the first in Brittain's Crane series to feature a curved glass element. The arc-shaped tube wraps around a straight cylinder, angled slightly off vertical.

Kawari Crane by Bec Brittain

Both are made from white borosilicate glass, which has better thermal resistance than typical glass, and are mounted on a heavy bronze base.

The name Kawari comes from the sculptural armoured helmets worn by Japanese samurai warriors, which informed the design.

Kawari Crane by Bec Brittain

Created as an edition of seven, the lamp joins a set released last year that each combine glass tubes with bronze, held together with leather straps.

"The Crane series emerged from the idea of a bronze volume and leather acting as the 'crane' lifting a glowing mass of glass," said a statement from the designer.

Kawari Crane by Bec Brittain

"As the series expands, it becomes more elemental, exploring the interaction between a grounding bronze volume and floating forms of light, most specifically in their intersections and connections."

Brittain originally trained as an architect – which she previously told Dezeen she wasn't very good at – then had a stint working for fellow lighting designer Lindsey Adelman before setting up her own studio.

Kawari Crane by Bec Brittain

Earlier this year, she launched a collection of space-themed fixtures featuring slender frames and refracting prisms at her new Chelsea showroom.

The Kawari Crane lamp was shown by New York-based Patrick Parrish Gallery at Design Miami, which took place from 6 to 10 December 2017 to coincide with the Art Basel fair and wider Miami art week.

Other highlights from Design Miami this year included a door carved with cartoon aquatic creatures, a bronze oatmeal bowl, and a spherical room for peace and quiet.