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Marcel Wanders, 2007.


Aluminium shade with plaster diffuser, available in Glossy Black, Glossy White, Matt Gold and Matt Rusty Brown finishes, from £2,385, Flos at


‘In a former home of mine, I had a fabulous decorated plaster ceiling,’ Marcel Wanders explains. ‘I called it my Skygarden, as it always looked good even without me having green fingers, or taking care of it. I loved it so much that by the time I moved house, I couldn’t bear to leave it behind – I had to find a way to take it with me.’

Skygarden pendant light by Marcel Wanders for Flos, from £2,385,

His loss has been the design world’s gain as Wanders, never one to abide by the rules, played with preconceived notions of what a lamp shade should be by designing a pendant with its elaborate decoration on the inside. Its glossy exterior has a sleek, modern look, while hidden beneath is ornate plasterwork more usually seen in majestic period interiors.

Now we can all enjoy a piece of classic architecture without ever leaving our seats – just by glancing up. Needless to say, it’s also a perfect piece of contemporary craft, with its glow diffusing downwards in a lovely pool of light. Wander-ful…

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