Emily

Series of pendant lamps

Emily is a series of pendant lights with shades made of sheet steel. The organic but classy aesthetics of the lamp emerged through the examination with manual metal processing methods used till the middle of the 20th century.

To achieve a better light distribution and diffusion, Emily is covered with matte plexiglass which also means LED or CFL bulbs can be used without being visible. A central aspect of the design is to achieve a long life-span based on the use of materials that age gracefully. Besides the single pendants, several groups with a frame made of solid oak wood underline Emily's special character.

  • Material: Painted sheet steel, plexiglass diffuser, textile cable
  • Production: Handmade to order
  • Year: 2011/2016
  • Available through: Our online shop
Overview of the three different Emily metal pendant lamp models
The Emily series consists of three different shapes in glossy...
Overview of the three different Emily metal pendant lamp models
...or matte finish
Overview of the three different Emily metal pendant lamp models by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Overview of the three different Emily metal pendant lamp models by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Emily group of five with a timber frame by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
They can be grouped together with a timber frame

The source of inspiration for Emily is a work by Andreas Gursky. In his series »James Bond Islands« he shows a digitally arranged group of islands in Thailand that seem to float in the ocean, although they are in fact only the tips of mountains, of course. The shape of these islands is quite heterogenic, however all of them form a family which is connected through their organic, in a way pyramidal shape. Through a distance the ocean seems to be a perfectly flat surface that »cuts« these shapes on the bottom. The idea was to lift these islands out of the ocean, creating lampshades that float in a space/room. If they would hang on the same height it should be possible to create the vague impression of a mountain landscape that loses touch to the ground.

Inspiration images for the Emily metal pendant lamp series
Andreas Gursky, James Bond Island I, 2007, C-Print
Inspiration images for the Emily metal pendant lamp series
Andreas Gursky, James Bond Island III, 2007, C-Print

There was no other option to realise that idea than building these shapes out of metal, an obvious choice for pendant lamps with a long tradition due to its solidity and the beautiful aging qualities. This turned out to be a difficult task to realize in small scale as one usually needs large and very expensive pressing or deep drawing tools to manufacture such shapes. The solution was to look deeper into the manufacturing of free from metal parts in the way the car industry produced 70-100 years ago. In the end, the metal shades are cut, bent, formed, welded and sanded by hand in a complex process to build those natural, organic shapes.

Details of the manual production process of Emily pendant lamps by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Details of the manual production process of Emily pendant lamps by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Details of the manual production process of Emily pendant lamps by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Details of the manual production process
Emily group of five over dining table in New York apartment by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Group of five over a dining table in private apartment
Emily group of five over dining table in New York apartment by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Two groups of five over the reception of Generator Hostel, Stockholm
Emily pendant lamp groups in San Francisco Ramen restaurant by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Hapa Ramen, San Francisco (photo: Michael David Rose )
Emily metal pendants in Abu Dhabi restaurant by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Several groups of three at Leopold's of London, Abu Dhabi
Emily pendant lamps by Daniel Becker Design Studio in Berlin tapas bar
Bar Raval, Berlin
Emily pendant lamps by Daniel Becker Design Studio in Berlin tapas bar
Bar Raval, Berlin
Mid century pendant lamps in New York apartment by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Three single Emily III in private apartment
Emily group of seven pendant lamp in Citibank Singapore by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
White group of seven at Citibank HQ, Singapore
Emily mid century style pendant lamps in restaurant by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Hotel Flaschen, Albinen (Switzerland)
Emily group of seven pendant lamps in swiss restaurant by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Hotel Flaschen, Albinen (Switzerland)
Emily metal pendant lamp installations in swiss restaurant by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Hotel Flaschen, Albinen (Switzerland)
Emily group of three pendant lamps in swiss restaurant by Daniel Becker Design Studio Berlin
Hotel Flaschen, Albinen (Switzerland)