the ladder light by jessica nakanishi the ladder light by jessica nakanishi
jan 31, 2013

the ladder light by jessica nakanishi

‘the ladder light’ by jessica nakanishiimages © shanghoonimage courtesy jessica nakanishi




presented at IDS during toronto design week 2013, canadian designer jessica nakanishi‘s ‘ladder light’ evolves from a previous series called ‘necklace lights’. by focusing on an alternative to the pendant, the attention is drawn back onto the perimeter of a room – adding depth to the interior space.


available in a number of different configurations, from the number of rows to the overall height, the ‘ladder lights’ can be used in combination with other forms to create a custom illuminated pattern across the wall. constructed using metal components, tubes are connected by a leather strap which is woven through the side wall of each tube – concealing the wire which runs between each stripof LED with a riveted loop at the top from which the fixture hangs.



ladder lights hanging like pendantsimage courtesy jessica nakanishi



connection detail image courtesy jessica nakanishi



detailimage courtesy jessica nakanishi



rendersimage courtesy jessica nakanishi



ladder lights at IDSimage © designboom



construction processimage courtesy jessica nakanishi

  • beautiful – well conceived and executed – love the materials and interaction between them. There’s the obvious reference to Dan Flavin, but that just lends it a wonderful pedigree.

    dbkii says:
  • Lovely, but lose the power lead to complete the seem less nature of the design.

    Ady says:

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