Inserting the fixture into the lamp is easily done following the steps in these pictures. For the most equal spreading of light it is best to have the leds facing sideways. You can see which way is up on the photo’s.
Taking the fixture out is even more easy: gently pull on the cord until it comes out.
The clear forms of the lamp have been modeled in clay by hand, thus receiving its characteristic somewhat irregular surface and form. The closed form (the underside is closed) initially seems solid, monumental. Then follows the unexpected transparency, where the material comes to life by the light.
The lamps are manually produced in the studio. Each casting gets its own ‘drawing’ in the process, which is only revealed by light. In addition the finishing and the firing process affect the final form. Each lamp is therefore unique.
material: bone china | height approximately 27 cm, diameter approximately 20 cm | fabric cord
A large dome-shaped chandelier, handmade in the translucent material bone china.
Bone china is often associated with classic English crockery, but was used for this project to create a light object with monumental dimensions and appearance. It is made up of a large number of parts. The cast elements have hand-sculpted models as a base. Together they form a slightly arched dome, whose parts differ greatly in light color and intensity by variables such as wall thickness and size.
The Dome China can have one, two or three rings. The measurements are:
1 ring | seven elements | diameter of about 90 cm
2 rings 22 elements | diameter of about 170 cm
3 rings | 45 elements | diameter of more than 250 cm
Dome China: other sizes There is also a smaller and a larger version of the Dome China:
1 ring | seven elements | diameter of about 55 cm
2 rings 20 elements | diameter of about 100 cm
1 ring | nine elements | diameter of about 115 cm
Of course, a custom Dome can also be made to order!
Below are some pictures of the Dome China with two rings (170 cm), at Piet Hein Eek in Eindhoven (website) and at the priory (monastery) of Buitenplaats Doornburgh in Maarssen. (website). And also pictures of the one ring (90cm) chandelier at Mint in London ( website) and the Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam (website).
Publication in the trade magazine ‘[Inst]Allicht’, December 2017
“One of the most impressive lamps of the Dutch Design Week was this monumental chandelier, the ‘Dome China’; handmade by designer Gerard Bovenberg, from semi-transparent bone china (ivory porcelain). The chandelier has a diameter of no less than 170 cm. The cast elements have hand-formed models as a base. Together they form a slightly vaulted dome, of which the parts differ greatly in light color and intensity, by variables such as wall thickness and size.”