Sometimes, there are just too many right angles, too many smooth white surfaces, too much minimalism, too little fun. A flip through our magazine or a few clicks on this website will prove that even Surface has a habit of trending towards the stark and away from the lush and humane when we don’t watch ourselves. But such restraint shouldn’t always be the whole of design or even the whole of a room: there must be space heart and humor as well.
When we look up at fixture or across a space to a lamp from Jonathan Entler’s eponymous studio ENTLER, that is exactly what we see, albeit in a sleek, smart, and arguably minimalist, package. If that sconce, chandelier, or table lamp comes in the brand’s well-considered, glossy shade of not-quite cotton candy pink, so much the better.
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That’s not to say the Echo Park-based sculptor doesn’t take the creation of his bouquets of porcelain eye stalks seriously. He created those daring curves by hand and applied a strenuous logic to his approach: mined Art Nouveau for influences, streamlined his molds with a mathematician’s eye, missed no technical detail, and rendered what are essentially purpose-driven cast stoneware sculptures with an aesthetic that is scalable, adaptable, and very, very elegant. It’s no mean feat and no joke.
But the results of all that hard graft and serious thought is something alive and winking. Yes, when you look at an ENTLER chandelier or lamp, you should see a commitment not just to craft, but to the most technical aspects of product design. But if you don’t also see a family of pink ceramic cyclopean tentacles peering around your now far more charming and awake space, there’s something missing from your heart.
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(Photos courtesy of ENTLER and Coming Soon)