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The Jellyfish & The Lighthouse

The Nautico pendant was designed for Denmark’s tallest residential building, LightHouse. LightHouse is standing tall, a stone’s throw away from the sea and is built on an artificial peninsula. In other words, it was built on ‘jellyfish territory’, and we found it interesting to reclaim the land by filling the building with jellyfish.

Adding to the aquatic ambiance is the building’s steel ceiling. Ingeniously crafted, it mimics the undulating surface of the sea, enhancing the illusion of being submerged in water. This ceiling design plays with light and shadow, creating a dynamic and ever-changing seascape overhead.

Through these elements, LightHouse offers an immersive experience, where the boundary between architecture and the natural world blurs. It stands as a testament to innovative design that honors and embraces its unique setting by the sea.

Read about Nautico and technical details at the product page: Nautico pendant

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Jellyfish Research Center, Kyoto

Prior to setting up the final installation in LightHouse, fate led Jonas Hoejgaard to Kyoto. There, he visited the Kyoto Aquarium, one of West Japan’s premier jellyfish exhibits. He observed various jellyfish and their movement patterns. This serendipitous event proved valuable for the authentic installation of the Nautico pendant. Studying these movements helped ensure that the overall design of the lamp genuinely reflected the graceful pulsations of jellyfish.

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Production Of The Nautico Pendant

The Nautico pendant has been developed in collaboration with skilled European glassblowing artisans. This product pushes the limits of serially produced glass products. Not only are the convex and concave parts of the lamp a challenge in themselves, but striking the right balance between the amount of bubbles and their size, without breaking the glass in the process, requires significant effort. It is by far our most challenging piece to date.

In addition to perfecting the glass, we have also spent a lot of effort on oxidizing the brass that accompanies the lamp. Each glass piece is unique, as is each brass component. This is why every single glass and brass piece has been individually matched to achieve the most uniform appearance possible. This individuality adds depth and character to each piece, ensuring that every Nautico lamp not only illuminates a space but also imparts a distinct personality to its surroundings.

Read more about production: Artisans At Work

Light House, Kilden & Hindby

The Nautico pendant lamp was specifically commissioned by the urban development company Kilden & Hindsby. For their latest project, LightHouse, they recognized the need for an interior lighting solution that would align with the building’s architectural integrity and design essence.

In their brief, Kilden & Hindby emphasized their desire for a lamp that mirrored the building’s function and design, akin to the guiding light of a lighthouse.

Valuing the touch of local art, they collaborated with Aarhus artists Peter Birk and Hans Krull. With the inclusion of their artwork, Kilden & Hindsby humbly aim for LightHouse to be more than just a structure, but a space that blends both architectural and cultural aspects.

Considering to visit LightHouse?

Book a ticket at: Aarhusoje.dk

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