This May, David Weeks Studio will celebrate its twentieth anniversary with the launch of a new lighting collection—our first to incorporate LED technology. Named OTTO (Italian for eight), the series will encompass single- and double-arm pendants, suspended fixtures and sconces in various sizes and configurations. The jewelry-esque pieces are distinguished by spare, attenuated lines, like gentle arcs and angular flourishes sketched in midair.
OTTO pushes the brand’s signature design language—a play of levity, balance and reduction—to a more extreme expression. Though the fixtures are quite expansive, some stretching to 12 feet across, they have a minimalist, spare presence, communicating a sense of freedom and lightness unexpected for such generously proportioned pieces.
Offsetting the cooler temperature characteristic of LEDs are elegant stems handcrafted of warm brass, a finish introduced into the product line last year. The shape of the light source—ribbon-like strips versus a rounded bulb—inspired leaner, more cylindrical shades. Holding the LED diodes in a tight embrace, the shades’ powdercoated interior and severe angles sculpt the light in novel and dramatic ways.
Another advantage of LED technology is thinner wiring, which allowed the use of superslim 3/8-inch stems in tubular brass. (The LED power supply is incorporated into the ceiling canopy.) The overall forms are shaped by physics, their subtle curves the result of gravity’s pull versus mechanical bending: the shades themselves—versus a separate counterweight—serve to balance the kinetic designs once installed. That said, there is nothing accidental about the fixtures’ lines: much deliberation was involved to determine the sweet spot between stem length and desired arc, shade size and overall gesture.
OTTO is the brand’s eighth collection. Its namesake digit holds special significance for David Weeks, linked to various locations the studio has called home. The Tribeca showroom is located at 38 Walker Street, the Dumbo studio at 68 Jay Street, and the new production facility—which also debuts this spring—at 1818 Atlantic Avenue in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
Photo credit, OTTO X: Robert Bean