Founded by Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson in 2012, the New York-based design studio Apparatus has a specialty in creating elegantly robust lighting fixtures. At the time of the foundation Hendifar, a former fashion designer, and Anderson, who worked in PR, had just moved in together in Los Angeles and were unsatisfied with what was available on the market. After relocating the company to New York, Apparatus took off. Design-wise the created aesthetic by Apparatus is the product of playful experimentation with vintage components as well as taking inspiration from the time honored method of American industrial design, aiming to mary both form and function. We particularly love the Pendant and Sconce lamps out of their horsehair series. In the beautiful designs which were presented at last International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in May wefts of horsehair are combined with brass and etched glass to create these amazing and extraordinary lamps.
We wanted something with a modern form but a sense of soul and age and imperfection in material.
From the very beginning, with the first collection debuted at ICFF in 2012, all Apparatus designs are finished and assembled by hand in New York City and one finds materials in it such as aged brass, etched glass, leather and porcelain. Each individual fixture is skillfully assembled by craftsman and meticulously finished to reveal their so called layers of uncommon beauty or ‘the perfect imperfect.’
In a conversation with Sous Style, Gabriel explains what inspires them most:
I see interesting forms and shapes in the world everywhere. Architecture, art, fashion. Similarly, materials are inspirational and determine form. The most elusive inspiration is emotional—when I aspire to give an object a feeling or disposition— a playful lamp, or a nonchalant chandelier. It can be silly, but I think it is in these little choices we make that objects are elevated and given life.
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