Striking lighting designs from South Africa

Willowlamp’s bespoke and customisable creations have a fanbase that includes the Four Seasons

Willowlamp Protea lampshade, from £3,033
Willowlamp Protea lampshade, from £3,033

Dramatic lighting can transform a space, be it a spacious hotel lobby or a more intimate domestic setting, and Cape Town-based Willowlamp’s bespoke creations have found homes in both. Its Protea chandelier (similar commissions about £135,000) with graduating chrome and brass chains, for example, was created for the Four Seasons Morocco, but is also available in a downscaled version (from £3,033) for private homes.

Willowlamp Pod lamps, similar commissions £3,681
Willowlamp Pod lamps, similar commissions £3,681

Company founder and creative director Adam Hoets takes inspiration from nature’s sculptural forms for designs such as Protea, Fuschia (from £3,237) and Flower of Life (from £2,412), and brings them to life by combining durable laser-cut steel frames with soft, cascading curtains of mini metallic spheres, made using a patented notch system. “Lighting attracts me more than furniture design because of its magical quality,” says Hoets, who originally trained as an architect, and whose striking lighting is now in demand worldwide.

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Islamic geometrical patterns inspired the multiple metallic finishes on the chains of the huge chandelier in the foyer of Abu Dhabi’s ultra-luxurious Liwa Suites (similar commissions £48,600), while an oversized version of Willowlamp’s Fuschia design appears in London’s Meliá hotel (similar commissions about £27,000), and a wide, basket-like Pod design (similar commissions £3,681) houses a cluster of glass ball lamps within smoky-coloured chains at a private residence in Houghton, South Africa.

Willowlamp Spiral Nebula in brass, £11,539
Willowlamp Spiral Nebula in brass, £11,539

All the company’s designs can be customised to suit different spaces: a ceiling-fitted version of the Flower of Life, for example, was given an extremely long, elegant, brass ball-chain tail when commissioned for one London home. And clients’ existing lights can be worked into completely bespoke new pieces, as with a table lamp featuring an ornate “found” antique lamp-base that Willowlamp fitted with a “feathered” lampshade made from a small brass ball-chain (prices for similar commissions on request).

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