HANGING LAMP SHADES BY MODERN GESTURE

The Cape Town, South Africa design house Modern Gesture is well known for their hanging lamp shades. The ring shape and use of prominent colors are inspired by the beaded jewelry worn by the Ndebele people of the region. Each fixture creates a connection between the designer, African design, and the modern home. Modern Gesture’s hanging lamp shades have been recognized by top interior designers in the U.S. including Revamp Interior Design, Style By Emily Henderson and Forbes + Masters, also featured in Forbes Magazine, Vogue Germany and Vogue Italia, and on Top Billing South Africa.

THE INSPIRATION OF HANGING LAMP SHADES

In addition to jewelry, the Ndebele are known for house mural paintings dating back to the 19th century. The bright, sharp geometric designs are all hand painted without use of rulers or other tools. The vivid colors and bold designs express the personality, style, values and prayers of the household.

“Each piece created has a story being embedded into its materials, capturing the time and care taken in the creation of each item. Each product is designed to engage our attention and draw us into a space to encounter more sensory experiences.” says Lawrence.

Credit: Artsy article featuring renowned Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu

The use of Ndebele art is statement driven. Dr. Esther Mahlangu, a prominent artist and Ndebele icon, was the first woman to transfer Ndebele designs to art canvas. Known for bold large-scale contemporary Ndebele art, her work has gained international recognition. One of her iconic works is the first African art car for BMW, following the work of artists such as Andy Warhol.

SUSTAINABILITY AND THE HANGING LAMP SHADE

The Modern Gesture hanging lamp shade arrives flat packed. Consider hanging one or more in an entryway, above a dining room table or kitchen island. Read more about our product designers here.

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