American designer Eva Zeisel, who is set to celebrate her 105th birthday this November, is partnering with decorative lighting company Leucos USA, known for its contemporary Italian hand-blown glass luminaires, for her first lighting collection. The fixtures, to debut this fall, will include two pendants, two wall sconces, and two table lamps, and will feature Zeisel's signature organic forms, which call to mind the curves of the human body. They will be available with incandescent, fluorescent, or LED sources and in smooth, glossy white, and natural earth tones.
The development of the fixtures started with Zeisel's original cutout models. From these, Leucos's artisans will work to create the three-dimensional glass forms. As Zeisel explains in a prepared statement, “I always like to design at least two shapes together, so that I create a family that relates to each other. These lights are cousins.”
Zeisel has had an extraordinary career. Her many accomplishments include developing and teaching the first course in ceramic for industry at the Pratt Institute in New York, and in 1946, she was the first woman to have a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2005, she was awarded the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement.