KONEN UEHARA, MOONRISE (DETAIL) – JAPAN, CA. 1910
A pendant light whose name and design hearken back to the festival of the same name that takes place in Japan every August, and which is symbolised by the lantern. Obon (also known as Bon) is the annual Japanese festival for commemorating and remembering ancestors. It is believed that their spirits return at that time to visit their relatives. Chōchin lanterns (made of paper) are hung to guide the spirits and Obon dances (bon odori) are performed. Families reunite, visit the tombs of their relatives and make offerings of food on altars and in temples And indeed, this lamp was inspired by traditional Japanese lanterns. With its lightness and generous dimensions, it becomes a symbolic object under which family and friends meet to dine, be together and cultivate relationships. Other than its large size, this chandelier also stands out due to its mix of materials: the lantern at the centre is made of white opal glass, the two external rings are made of American walnut, the lampshade is covered in silk and the rods that link it in the centre are crafted from burnished bronze.
The lamp is available in a series of colour and pattern variants (fabrics or using wallpaper). In any event, end customers are free to customise it with their own fabric or wallpaper so that it blends in better with their interior design concept. It is also available in shellac finish.
OBON IS AVAILABLE IN A SERIES OF COLOURS AND PATTERNS OR CUSTOMISED
WOODEN RINGS ARE MADE OF SOLID WALNUT, THAT CAN BE NATURAL, STAINED OR FINISHED IN SHELLAC