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Dream Lantern is the result of research into curiosity objects of the late eighteenth to mid nineteenth centuries, such as magic lanterns. The four decorative shades are inspired by different elements in the famous life of escaped convict Mary Bryant. The light is completely mobile and can be hung as a pendant or used as a table lantern.
  • Materials:
    • Light, brass and glass. The four discs, timber, glass, marblo, brass.
  • Dimensions:
    • Light – H 257.5mm, W 75mm
    • Shades –
    • (Brass Disc) W 425mm
    • (Cut Glass) H 113.5mm, W 355mm
    • (Timber) H 45mm, W 425mm
    • (Translucent Marblo) H 31.5mm, W 350mm

This mobile lantern, with four detachable shades, is modeled on curiosity objects of the late eighteenth to mid nineteenth centuries, such as magic lanterns and optical illusion based toys.

Traditionally, magic lanterns came with a series of slides, each containing a layer of cartoon-like narrative. Designer Chen Lu has replaced the slides with four ‘discs’, to be connected to the light or used as independent decorative objects. The light is completely mobile – it has no cords – and the application of each shade causes a different pattern and hue of light to be cast.

The ornamental patterns on each disc, designed by Australian graphic design studio Coöp, take their inspiration from the life of famous convict escapee Mary Bryant. Bryant’s successful flight from captivity in Australia was considered so heroically successful that she was pardoned, after public outcry ensued over her recapture in Timor. Mary Bryant’s story brought her into contact with a huge variety of colonial period society. The deprivations of convict transportation; life in a penal colony; encounters with the Dutch colonial life of Timor; transportation back to Britain on the HMS Gorgon and the exchange of poetry and ‘sweet tea’ with her liberator James Boswell, a lawyer and man of letters, all occurred within a decade of Mary Bryant’s life. The process of creating graphical elements for the Dream Lantern started with highly representational images that were slowly abstracted over a long design development process. The non-figurative nature of the patterns reflects Lu’s desire to incorporate a modern aesthetic into his decorative ornament.

As a mobile light, the Dream Lantern can be hung as a pendant or placed on a table as an ornamental light. The four shades are designed as decorative elements to be attached to the light or placed as individual objects.

Chen Lu

Chen Lu is a rare designer who can distill an intensive conceptual research process into a refined and simple outcome. The conceptual beginning is critical to Lu, but no reading is required by the viewer of his designs to understand their meaning and purpose.

Chen Lu is an object and interior designer based in Sydney, Australia. He has created design schemes and installations for Hermés, Art & Australia magazine, Akira Isogawa, Simon Johnson, Monument magazine and the Bombay Sapphire Design Awards. The study of modern Tokonama is an ongoing theme in Lu’s work. Everyday objects are reduced to the essence allowing space for new meanings to emerge. Design rigour is focused on perfecting imperfections.

Coöp

Coop created the branding for Broached Commissions and were therefore the logical choice for a design collaboration with Chen Lu to create patterns for all the interlocking elements of Dream Lantern.

Coöp is the studio of designer Paul Marcus Fuog. Since opening in 2004, Coöp has undertaken a variety of projects ranging from small art-based briefs to expansive design contracts. Positivity and experimentation are at the core of the studio's practise.

Constraints are explored in optimistic and creative ways resulting in inventive new directions. Coöp's work is always current and often personal - informed by observation and a curiosity of contemporary culture. Collaboration with other designers is a constant source of renewal and inspiration. Pride and passion drive design innovation.

Studio success has been built on lasting partnerships with creative and commerical clients, government and educational institutions.

JamFactory Glass Studio

Lead designer of the Glass Studio, Deb Jones, was responsible for the creation of the glass pieces of Dream Lantern. Utilising the collective skills of the Glass Studio associates and staff the three glass elements were created with Chen Lu personally observing the making process.

JamFactory supports and promotes outstanding design and craftsmanship through its widely acclaimed studios, galleries and shops. A unique not-for-profit organisation located in the Adelaide city centre, JamFactory is supported by the South Australian Government and recognised nationally and internationally as a centre for excellence. For almost 40 years JamFactory has been presenting outstanding exhibitions and public programs and nurturing the careers of talented artists, craftspeople and designers.

Neoz

Neoz has provided the cordless light for Dream Lantern. Neoz Lighting was formed in 1983 by directors Anne Gothe and Peter Ellis. The company factory and design studio are based in Sydney, Australia. Neoz is a design-based manufacturer, winner of the prestigious Red Dot Design award and three Australian Design Awards for product innovation.

The company strives to design and manufacture quality lighting products that will benefit people and their environments. NEOZ® Cordless Lamps™ today grace literally hundreds of the finest hotels, restaurants, resorts and private homes in over 90 countries of the world.

Simply Shopfittings

Very few companies in Australia are capable of head shaping Marblo in the way Chen Lu's design required, so our work with Simply Shopfittings was almost guaranteed due to their unusual variety of manufacturing capabilities.

Simply Shopfittings is the Australian designer and manufacturer of an innovative range of systems, which can be used to create state of the art fixture and product displays for applications in commercial installations, exhibitions, product displays, retail stores and domestic situations.

Simply Shopfittings is more than simply shopfittings. We provide a comprehensive service to the architects, retailers, exhibitors, museums and the sign industry, which ranges from an innovative system of standard building components to a highly creative "one off" job.