Marks+Logothetis Collaboration Yields Dramatic Entrée into World of Bespoke Lighting for Skram.
This year, Skram enters the world of bespoke lighting with handmade statement pieces for luxury residential and commercial settings. The new collection is a collaboration between Skram founder/principal A. Jacob Marks and American porcelain artist Mimi Logothetis.
The collaboration, the first for both, took shape in the fall of 2015, when Marks approached Logothetis with the rough outlines of a lighting project that would feature the porcelain artist’s unconventional hand-forming techniques, along with her application of distinctive surface treatments and graphics. For Logothetis, who works solo out of her rural studio in North Carolina, “Here was an opportunity to fuse my material, porcelain, something so pristine, yet organic and unpredictable with his take on design–the utmost precision–and add a metal skeleton to create something that was lovely, extraordinary, and unified.”
Looking back, Marks observed: “I’m sort of a lone wolf, not really someone who cedes control easily. But the collaboration was a total delight. I’ve always found Mimi’s work captivating, and creating balanced, resolved designs that celebrated the perfect imperfection of her medium was a fascinating challenge.”
Arak debuts in three variants–chandelier, pendant, and floor lamp. The designs feature Logothetis’ individually hand-formed, translucent porcelain diffusers in a selection of finish options: textured, patched, graphic, or naked. The diffusers are supported by machined and bent aluminum arms in blackened or clear finishes. The arms, in turn, are mounted to a cast and machined bronze hub. With the new designs, Skram brings its distinctive blend of uncompromising workmanship, authentic materials, sustainability, and daring design to the world of art lighting.
Beyond the aesthetics, what is not seen in the Arak Collection is impressive. Skram has engineered a highly efficient product that uses American-made high-output, high-efficiency LED strip lamping–consuming only 5 watts each–which are dimmable and provide warm illumination to the delicate porcelain forms. To ease installation and integration of the LED technology in retrofit applications, Skram has engineered the LED driver to be accommodated within the cast bronze hub, thereby eliminating the need for bulky protrusions from the ceiling or costly renovations.
Arak lighting is made-to-order and customizable. It will be introduced to the design community and the public at the ICFF in NYC this Spring.