Richard Meier Releases a Light Collection Featuring His Famous Minimalistic Architectural Style
American architect and former Pritzker Prize winner Richard Meier releases a 12-piece collection of lamps, carrying his signature style. The minimalistic lamps feature pure white geometric forms resembling the architect’s own famous architecture of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and the Getty Center. The Richard Meier Light Collection is the product of collaboration between the architect, his daughter Ana Meier who is a product designer, and French lighting designer Hervé Descottes.
The collection includes wall sconces, pendants, table lamps, and floor lamps. Two of the wall sconces, Barcelona I and Barcelona II, take the forms of architectural elements from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary art. One is shaped after the rectangular part above the entrance at one end of the building, and the other one resembles the protruding curvaceous form on its other end. There is also a set of three cuboid floor lamps whose forms are inspired by the enclosed parts of Meier’s Fire Island House, a floor-to-ceiling glass residence by the beach designed by the architect in 2013.
The other products which form the collection feature playful minimalistic geometric shapes, like for example the Cycladic set. The set contains two sconces and a pendant. The sconces come in both square and circle shapes. Their pure forms are split midway such that one-half is lit by the other half. As for the pendant, it is composed of a glass-sphere diffuser below a solid white hemisphere hat.
The material used for the solid surfaces of the all-white collection is Corian, while glass by WonderGlass is used for the translucent elements. Meier’s collection is currently on display at the Ralph Pucci showroom in New York.