For this week’s Design Crush, I’ve got my eyes on the Whisper Leather Chandelier, a stunning piece with a great story.
Created by Ngala Trading Company, these gorgeous chandeliers were created in response to the dearth of quality, affordable African design being marketed and distributed in the US. Their products are organic and made by hand in South Africa using a variety of skulls and game skins, as well as exotic indigenous materials such as feathers, ostrich eggs, leather, porcupine quills, suede, horns, and ostrich shins. This creates lighting, furniture, and decor that is not only functional, but statement pieces in their own right. Also important, their business practices are ethical and they operate a sustainable model of sourcing and manufacturing.
But the bottom line for a design crush is the design. And wow! The Whisper Leather Chandelier is handmade with varying lengths of stripped leather, creating layers of movement and texture. The ambient light from within the fixture emerges into the room in a soft glow, and is incredible when viewed from below. What do you think?
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