Playing with differing scales of a familiar geometric shape – the cone – Workstead’s Pendolo lighting collection was inspired by an autumn road trip that led the New York-based lighting studio’s co-founder and principal Robert Highsmith to drive past Alexander Calder’s home and studio in Roxbury, Connecticut.
Still on display outside the renowned sculptor’s workshop are his stabiles, which led to the formation of the Pendolo lighting collection. The series includes a sconce, a flush-mount and four statement pendants, with each version available in multiple sizes.
Individually, the Workstead Pendolo fixtures present a Calder-esque approach to movement and are arranged as singular beacons or in groups of two, three or four like suspended mobiles.
A metal sphere and rod apparatus (in hewn brass, hand-finished bronze or brushed nickel) allows for the sconce and flush-mount to rotate to provide either down-light or wall wash, while for the pendants it provides multiple axis points turn some versions vertical or horizontal to cast light in four distinct directions and to arrange others in static yet opposing orientations.
The pyramidal shades are available in two tactile options – natural burlap (jute) or natural linen.