As one of our very first designs (following the No.1 Pendant Lighting Range) it's no surprise that our Skipper Pendants have become one of our most distinguishable designs. Retailed through both John Lewis and Heal's department stores the Skipper is an established favourite among many, including Tom.
"I still have a soft spot for the Skipper Pendants. They give out light and shadow in equal measure and can really make an impact in any setting. I guess that's why I've got quite a few in the house - they are really captivating lights to look up at".
Each skipper is made up for twenty strips of wood. The length and width of each piece is dependant on the size of the pendant being made.
Every light is given several coats of an eco-friendly water-based varnish, with a natural matt finish. This gives the wood more depth, seals the grain and gives the light a tactile feel.
The making process
The initial stage in making a Skipper Pendant, for every size, is to create a frame out of laser cut birch ply, which is then clamped down by a supporting plate, a cog and a support ring.
Each of the twenty wooden petals for each Skipper is then measured to size, cut and then organised into a specific pile, dependent on its length.
Five layers of wooden petals in alternating short - medium sizes are then assembled to the frame using a dry construction method that does not use any adhesives.
Once all five layers are in place, the wooden petals are counted with care, measured again to ensure upmost accuracy, and sanded until they are smooth. The whole Skipper light is then sandwiched by a second supporting plate and drilled into place.
To finish, the light is given a coat of eco-friendly varnish, which protects the raw wood from the heat of the bulb and gives it a smooth satin matt finish.
Known for its abstractness, our Skippers are best known for complementing hallways, bedrooms and living rooms where they yield striking shadow and light in equal measure.
Choose Ash wood for a pinky luminosity that will allow light to permeate through the wooden petals, Oak for a golden hour glow that will bathe and add warmth to any space or Walnut to draw the eye and add drama in abundance.
Achieve impact with a lighter touch. Embrace simplicity. Make a statement in your space.