Design Daily: Sculptural Pendant Light by Neidhardt

The best part of my job is running across a beautiful design, and then discovering that it's made by a talented group on our home team—Californians, that is. That's what happened with this RPD02 pendant from Neidhardt, a Redwood City lighting company founded by Frank Neidhardt and Karen Moffeit in 1992. 

The industrial fluorescent bulbs and brushed aluminum casing get a makeover from the open, organic-feeling construction of the octagonal pendant. While it makes a statement as a single hovering light, the design truly shines when clustered in groups, as in the lobby image, top, or the open space of a library, below.

 

While I'm a fan of the gold or silver brushed-metal finishes, you can spot the design in lovely red or emerald (so 2013) and a variety of sizes for specific installations. (In addition to its stock designs, Neidhardt also manufactures items for designers, architects and companies throughout the US, so they offer a slew of options for customizing fixtures.) It's also a testament to the versatile design that it looks equally at home in a Mad Men-era lobby as a book-filled library. 

In the studio at our San Francisco shoot with photographer Garry McLeod

 

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