Bergontwerp is a Dutch studio led by Gerard Bovenberg, which produces exquisite ceramic lamps and chandeliers in 'bone china' and 'ivory porcelain' - materials which are known for their translucency and durability. These lamps have an extraordinary sculptural presence, some models emit a warm atmospheric glow, whilst others shine a subtle, focused light.
The lamps are produced manually in the artist’s studio, where they are cast in bone china, a material which has classical associations with refined English tableware. This is in contrast to the unglazed finish, and irregular shaped 'skin' which results in a 'monumental' appearance, and creates an intriguing tension with the translucent qualities of the porcelain.
Each casting has a distinct design that only becomes visible when the form is illuminated from within. This contributes to the lively character of the lamps. The design consists of drips, drops, trapped air bubbles, pinholes and other irregularities in the petrified porcelain. The finishing and the firing processes influence the final shape and surface of the lights, making each lamp unique.
In addition to a variety of lamps, Gerard has also developed large multi-part chandeliers which can be made in bespoke sizes and shapes.