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It looks somewhat retro at first, but there is a postmodern message illuminated by the above pendant light – and no, the end of the ‘G’ is not missing: in German the word for light is ‘licht’. These series of lighting schemes by Robert Hoff is actually coursework for school, but would no doubt do well if they were to be for sale someday too.

In each lamp or set thereof, the designer takes simple materials – wire, sheet metal and a bulb – to create something that has depth and detail of shape and shadow that seem to go beyond the simple materials themselves.

Composed of two metal ‘U’ shapes, this one is particularly well-suited to mass production and easy assembly, yet looks extremely elegant and refined for being so easily and inexpensively made. One of the most notable things about this body of work as a whole is the repetitive use of simple, white-painted, flat and rectilinear pieces of metal – the same material and color each time, but with substantially different results.