German designer Cordula Kafka's porcelain lighting fixtures are as white as snow and thin as paper
Ceramics worker and lamp maker Cordula Kafka has skilfully combined the remarkable translucent qualities of porcelain with her sensual lighting creations in the form of chandeliers, pendants, table and wall lamps to create delicate sheets suspended in space. These handmade lights make whimsical statements in the home, office and public spaces.
The pure white porcelain glows with a warm gold when illuminated
Porcelain has always been the star player in Kafka's works. Her pieces are handmade in her Berlin studio using traditional techniques, such as the 19th-century lithophane method of making a translucent, etched porcelain panel, employed to remarkable effect in her Sunmoon, Hoop-la and Daylight wall lights.
As a result of a lengthy process that can extend to 10 stages – with double firing at 1,400°C and polishing in between – the pure white porcelain glows with a warm gold when illuminated. The Leaves chandelier and Thincut pendant are made of extremely thin porcelain sheets, producing seamless shades of light and dark. Kafka's Voo chandelier, composed of unglazed biscuit porcelain 'birds' suspended on black carbon rods fitted with golden-glazed porcelain spheres, is an expression of flight achieved through the projection of light.
Photos. Thincut: Reiner Lautwein. Voo: Friedrich Kreyenberg