Mr Cooper Pendant Light by Coco Flip

I really believe 2012 will be the year of the artisan & craftsman. One of the shining lights in the Australian design world is the every talented Melbourne designer Kate Stokes of Coco Flip. Her philosophy in design is based on the Swedish word “Lagom” which roughly translates as “just right”.

 

It is said the word came from the Viking era to describe how much mead you should drink as the horn was passed around, but I digress…

 

Whilst there is definitely a place for chrome and glass, it is copper that I love. Be it a chair by Thomas Heatherwick, a unique bowl or in the case of Coco Flip’s latest bit of magic the Mr Cooper Spun Copper Pendant Light

 

Mr Cooper spun copper pendant light by Coco Flip (image by Haydn Cattach from Coco Flip)

 

I think “Lagom” describes it perfectly. It is all the small details that make this light really special to me:

  • It is made from a material that is not only beautiful but will bounce the light
  • It is versatile – it has been designed so that it can hang individually or in clusters from a single ceiling plate
  • The detailing even extends to the cord – it is styled on the beautiful vintage fabric cords

 

In the Kitchen - Mr Cooper spun copper pendant light (image by Haydn Cattach from Coco Flip)

 

In the Workshop - Mr Cooper spun copper pendant light (image by Haydn Cattach from Coco Flip)

 

A closer inspection reveals the lovely detail of lines which to some may be reminiscent of the swage lines on a tin can.

 

Close up - Mr Cooper spun copper pendant light (image by Haydn Cattach from Coco Flip)

 

It’s alright you aren’t imagining it – the light was inspired by the tin can telephone!

For me the Mr Cooper pendant light is a great example of an artisan embracing the duality of form and function with their design – and with such honesty.

I particularly love that Kate took her inspiration from such simple an object as some cans on a string…

 

The tin can telephone (image by James Steidl)

 

It is easy to see it as nothing more than a primitive toy in today’s hi-tech world but don’t forget that these basic objects helped explain the concept of how sound travels to generations of children.

It seems fitting that their simple beauty now inspires again…

 

 

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