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Buddies by Apparatus

Geometric sconces in brass and glass designed for bold, customizable wall installations

by Julie Wolfson in Design on 10 October 2013

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While scanning the stands in the Barker Hanger at Santa Monica's West Edge Design Fair last week, the Apparatus booth gave off a beckoning glow. The design studio's stunning light fixtures—which combine new and salvaged components made from glass, aged brass, leather and porcelain—are capable of much more than mere illumination.

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With Buddies, Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson of NYC-based Apparatus have launched a series of flush wall-mount lighting pieces based on their Pivot sconce. Aiming to create lights that embrace a playful spirit and an added ability to mix and match, Hendifar and Anderson's Buddies succeed by offering endless installation possibilities for the two-tone brass or white glass designs, which come in circle, square or triangle shapes.

Apparatus created a video to illustrate just a few of the possible configurations for Buddies, which showcases just how easy it is to use the lights to create a harmony of patterns and kaleidoscopic effects on almost any surface.

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At West Edge, Hendifar created lightbox frames to display the sconces' offering of an additional architectural element for manipulating the ambiance of a room. The white glass version—with hand-painted enamel edges—gives off a pale glow that blends into a subtly colored wall, but conversely pops out from one with a dark tone. The simple lines and clean finish offer an extra graphic element that is more daring or more subtle depending on the room. The two-tone brass pieces offer an added graphic element that draws on the center line to create geometric patterns. The white and brass versions can also be combined for even more visual impact. 

In the future, Apparatus plans to expand beyond their lighting collection with more design elements that reflect their exuberant experimentation. Buddies are available from Apparatus; the two-tone brass version is $1,150 and the glass is $1,350. 

Images courtesy of Apparatus

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