Re-Framing the Caravaggio Pendant


Lightyears was established in 2005 with only one lamp, the Caravaggio pendant, which was designed by Cecilie Manz, a relatively unknown Danish designer. Since its launch, the Caravaggio lamp has been produced in many sizes, variants, and colours. Today, it is almost a national treasure.

Lightyears is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the company and the Caravaggio pendant this year. Therefore, Lightyears found it appropriate to contribute the Caravaggio lamp to ‘Re-Framing Danish Design’, a joint exhibition from DANISH™ and Frame Magazine. Gitte Skaarup Ipsen, Marketing Manager at Lightyears, explains, “This year, 2015, the lamp celebrates its 10-year anniversary, why we thought it would be interesting to let designers from design traditions other than the Danish interpret it. The designers are interesting, and we are excited to see what they will accentuate and tone down and how they will use it. We believe that the lamp’s original expression is so strong that we can dare to play with it”.

In its 10 years of existence, Lightyears has become well known for their high-quality lamps, which provide functional lighting while pleasing the eye. The Caravaggio pendant is no exception; it has gained the status of a design icon. “The lamp is often mentioned when Danish experts accentuate Danish design objects. For example, Lars Dybdahl presented the Caravaggio pendant in the book 101 Danske Designikoner, which was published in 2014”, explains Gitte Skaarup Ipsen.

With this lamp, Cecilie Manz combined a recognisable shape with a modern look, making it simple and timeless. According to Cecilie Manz, new products should be innovative or contain improvements to gain attention. Her design for the Caravaggio pendant certainly meets those two criteria.

Two designers, Niek Pulles and Sebastian Herkner, will each reframe/reinterpret 10 Danish-designed objects for the ‘Re-Framing Danish Design’ exhibition and can reframe the Caravaggio pendant as they wish.

“Lightyears is proud to be among the 10 Danish companies allowed to participate in the reinterpretation of Danish design in an international context”, concludes Gitte Skaarup Ipsen.

The exhibition will be displayed from 28–30 May 2015 at The Silo in Copenhagen.

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