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Emperor Suspension Lamp

from Moooi

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emperor suspension lamp

Design Neri&Hu, 2009
Bamboo rattan cage, aluminum, glass
Made in The Netherlands by Moooi

This oversized light was inspired by a made-believe folklore story of an Asian emperor & a beautiful nightingale…Once upon a time an Asian emperor was given a nightingale as a gift. The bird was so beautiful and sang in such a bewitching way that the emperor fell immediately in love with it and decided to keep it forever by his side. So the nightingale was put in a beautiful, majestic cage in the imperial chambers & became the delight of the emperor's days…Neri & Hu took on a modern translation of this story and produced a collection of pendant/floor/table lamps in stained woven bamboo. The poetics of an emperor's life, a life no longer relevant in today's world, can be abstracted in the form of an object such as the light. The use of hand-crafted bamboo weaving in an industrial product creates an elegant yet uncanny design statement. A lamp so particular & majestic that it could become your personal nightingale…forever by your side to brighten up your days.

The Emperor collection includes suspension, floor and table lamps. They are offered with a glass diffuser that creates a very warm glow of light. Each cage is woven by hand and therefore has a unique character. The suspension lamp has a steel chrome canopy.

small: 16.9" h | shade: 23.6" dia. | 14.4 lbs. | black fabric cord: 13.1 feet
requires 1x60W E26 bulb | canopy: 5" dia. | 1.2" h | UL listed

medium: 28.7" h | shade: 39.4" dia. | 48.6 lbs. | black fabric cord: 13.1 feet
requires GU24, Max 26W bulb | canopy: 5" dia. | 1.2" h | UL listed

large: 45.3" h | shade: 63" dia. | 72.8 lbs. | black fabric cord: 13.1 feet
requires 4x2G11, 36W max bulbs | canopy: 5" dia. | 1.2" h | UL listed

$2,283.00 + free shipping
(usually ships in 20 business days. Please allow up to 18-20 weeks for large size)


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Founded in 2001 by complementing personalities Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers, Moooi is named after the native Dutch word for "beautiful". According to the company, "the 'third "o' in the brand name stands for an extra value in terms of beauty & uniqueness." In additon to Wanders' work, Moooi has produced work from Bertjan Pot, Maarten Baas, Ross Lovegrove and Studio Job. Ultimately, Wanders is responsible for the overall design selection process.


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