In a past architecture studio when we were doing material explorations for our buildings – think of it like picking out paint swatches at the hardware store – I recall one of my professors declaring his love for copper. There is something soulful about the depth and multiple tones in the metal, yet its reflective quality reminds of its delicate nature and refinement. It is no wonder, then, that David Derksen’s Copper Lights are so visually captivating. The faceted, hanging lights are folded from etched sheets of copper foil for a geometric precision. The three conical variations, each one with a slight lip at the shade’s edge, collect the light and bounce it around the many angled planes. Perfect for an industrial setting, these lights are also well-suited as contrasting pieces in the foreground of organic greens and wooden textures. Quite naturally, copper is bound to transform over the course of time, though even with age these lights will still shine royally.

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ABOUT KIMBERLY LI - Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.