Karim Rashid is tooting a new horn: introducing the Nafir Pendant, a new contemporary lighting collection for Italian design studio Axo Light.
“Nafir is pure imagination,” says Karim Rashid about his first lighting collection for Axo Light. “I wanted to make a fixture that was part sculpture, one that looked beautiful even with the lights turned off, yet provided perfect functional LED light. I also wanted to create a family of fixtures whose trumpet-likes forms could be organically grouped together to create a fantastic landscape of light and shape.”
Fantastic landscapes pretty much define this unfathomably prolific designer’s penchant for organic shapes and innovative materials. With his global sensibility, the man has designed literally everything from clocks and pens to chairs and sex toys, as well as interiors and corporate identities. There is perhaps nothing he can’t do – and all of it expresses Rashid’s signature interplay of color, form, playfulness and minimal elegance.
His Nafir pendants are no exception. Inspired by a flat surface that has been “pulled and morphed,” it has a form and energy that’s indicative of Rashid’s unmistakable aesthetic. Like much of his work, Nafir evokes movement, even in stillness, and represents a pull toward the future – even while being named for a traditional North African ceremonial trumpet (the nafir). We’re not the only ones who were awed by his innovative design: Rashid’s forward-thinking collection was honored with a 2012 Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. Available as a single suspension light or grouped in multiples, the Nafir Pendant by Axo Light is available in a choice of chrome, white or gold finishes.
Hear more about the design from Rashid himself in the video below: