Have you noticed quite a few lovely textured globe lights
floating around the spaces we feature on Houzz? This popular pendant is called the Random Light. It was created by Bertjan Pot in 2002, and it is made by Moooi. This young light is quickly becoming a modern icon.
In trying to find out more about how it was created (I had heard something about popping a balloon and a knitting but thought surely that couldn't be right), I stumbled upon his website, where he says "During my study at the Design Academy Eindhoven I really enjoyed being taught how to weave and knit and I still think this is reflected in my work. I think that one of the reasons why textile is so interesting to me is that it is interesting on all levels. If you look at it with a magnifying glass, or just up close, or from a distance, as a piece or garment that someone is wearing or as a curtain
with a nice texture on it seen from the other side of the room."
One can see how this attitude led to the creation of the Random Light. It was originally created by wrapping epoxy-dipped fiberglass
around a large balloon. The final result produced all the effects Mr. Pot uses to describe texture. Different patterns are seen up close and from afar. Additionally, because it is a light, whether or not the light is on or off can change one's experience of it as well (check out the pattern the light creates on the walls in the first image below). Another variation comes from choosing the color of the light and what's around it - for example, the white version against a white wall is dramatically different from the black version against a white wall.
As a side note, Mr. Pot is someone I would love to have a cup of coffee with. His succinct and astute observations on his website conclude with this quote that is just so true and rather funny:
"Ok, so it's just a theory. Don't study it too hard. I consider theories something to think about and something to discuss when not designing. When it comes to designing one should just design without being blocked by too much theory.... only when you're stuck, desperate or drunk one should spend more than 15 minutes concerning design theories. I still believe the best designs come from the heart and not from the mind."
How great is that quote? Don't think about it too much, or you may get blocked!