Defined by its deconstructed design, the latest application in Arik Levy’s North collection is an innovative synthesis of a floor and suspension fixture. Levy drew inspiration for his lamp from a desire to visually connect the floor and ceiling and to place light exactly where needed without the wiring the ceiling.
The fixture hangs from the ceiling by a nearly imperceptible steel cable, creating a silhouette that suggests a celestial form floating in space. Composed of three disconnected pieces—a triangular aluminum shade that contains an LED-powered light source, a slender carbon fiber stem and a counterweight on the ground that connects to the electrical cable—the floor-pendant represents a dynamic system of adjustable parts.
When unlit, North’s elegant, understated silhouette exudes a sculptural beauty. When illuminated, the form becomes a shadow without a defined source. As Levy explains, “It’s sort of a ghost that brings with it something familiar—light.”
This idea of being simultaneously absent and present is one Levy has long explored in his work and the floor-pendant’s materials are an important part of his vision for the lamp. The carbon fiber rod enables a dislocation of the light source at a great distance from the power outlet. And the weighted base acts as a counterpoint to the lightness of the fixture.
“It’s a play of contradictions,” explains Levy. “It exists but doesn’t exist. It’s very light but has a heavy base. It creates its own universe and we all need to be able to conceive, construct and make our own micro-spaces of intimacy.”