Designer Sebastian Herkner’s artisanal blown-glass pendant with a plissé textile diffuser was suggested by a flamenco dancer’s traditional silk shawl, the "Mantón de Manila.” The addition of a fabric layer lends texture and shadow play while it gently filters the illumination. Barcelona-based Parachilna offers Manila in 2 sizes, in either matte gold or graphite electroplated steel with the inner fabric diffuser in beige or grey fabric and the blown glass outer in transparent or blackened transparent glass.
- Small: 10.8" h x 9.8" dia (27.4x24.9cm)
- Large: 15.9" h x 16.5" dia (40.3x41.9cm)
- Cable length: 98.4" (250cm)
- Canopy: 5.5" dia (14cm)
Steel, transparent glass, fabric
- Voltage: 120v
- Terminal strip supply
- Light source:
- Small: E26 LED 13W 3000K
- Large: E26 LED 18W 3000K
Though based in Barcelona, Parachilna’s origins actually stretch all the way to its namesake, a desert ghost town in Australia. A random stop there years ago inspired Alfredo Valero and Roman Riera to eventually create a luxury lighting company dedicated to enduring craftsmanship, aided by European metalsmiths, glass blowers, ceramicists and other skilled artisans.
Collaborating with such notable modern designers as Jaime Hayon and Neri & Hu, partner Alfredo explains Parachilna’s purposeful process. “We don’t use industrial techniques,” he says. “Everything revolves craftsmanship, which means that there is a lot of work, from prototyping to finishing. When we say, ‘We don’t like it,’ we start all over again.”