KAYIWA, the inventor of the diamond-shaped glassware that has been copied the world over, continues to push boundaries with the introduction of CARAT light fixtures. These new pendant lamps serve more than their functional purpose and move into artistic territory.
"Lighting can change the entire ambience of a room, not just by providing the appropriate light," says designer Lincoln Kayiwa. "The right fixtures can create the perfect fusion of functionality and style, even when they are turned off.”
So whether it's on or off, the CARAT pendant lamp is always eye candy. It makes a minimalistic yet powerful impression when installed, either singly or grouped together.
Each piece has a transformative quality. Through variations in size, color and configuration, the collection can solve any number of aesthetic and functional needs for residential, hospitality, and contract settings.
CARAT lamps can be selected to match or accent the overall décor in any room. In addition to the classic De Stijl colors, the glass shades are obtainable in various hues, the ceiling roses exist in three color options, and the textile cable cords are available in various colors as well as patterns, all of which customers can select online.
Nevertheless, under our customized service, we can design and produce individual options tailor-made for specific needs, which offers a multitude of possibilities for designers, architects and anyone with a personal vision for exceptional lighting.
This includes, but is not limited to, longer textile cord length, other textile cord color and pattern options, custom glass shade hues, or integrating the Casambi Technologies' lighting control solution.
The fixtures are suitable for indoor use in most countries. The standard light source for all the CARAT luminaire models is a custom-designed 6 W, 400-lumen LED, with a color temperature of 4000 K. However, in addition to other features, it is possible to vary the light color temperature or lumens, as well as dim the light to create the perfect lighting for any application, with an optional Casambi lighting control system – using a smartphone, tablet or smartwatch – or even by good, old fashioned wall switches.
Traditional craftsmanship, modern design and technology
Just like its CARAT barware cousins, the light fixtures are created with skilled craftsmanship and a respectful use of materials. Passing through a total of seven craftsmen and taking hours to create and perfect, each piece in the collection is one-of-a-kind.
The CARAT pendant lamp collection’s unique approach to the materials creates a contemporary, sculptural and visually stimulating concept that fuses both aesthetics and practicality into a distinctive creation. For instance, the diamond-faceted glass is sandblasted and brushed with pumice, creating an extraordinary texture that diffuses the light into a soft glow.
Moreover, the pendant lamps incorporate a silicone ceiling rose that adapts to any type of ceiling – horizontal or inclined. The soft plastic folds up against the ceiling to fit snugly and achieve perfect results. Further still, it being malleable makes it possible to turn inside out, which allows full view of cables and fittings, to make it easier to mount the lamps.
This sustainable, environmentally friendly LED lighting will last for over 50,000 hours, but KAYIWA even turns it up a whole notch by offering a lifetime warranty, as these collectible pieces are new classics that will last a lifetime.
KAYIWA’s portfolio of products is diverse – ranging from furniture to housewares. With a witty yet elegant disregard for convention, KAYIWA pieces are exquisite sculptures in their own right. At the same time, KAYIWA is passionate about fusing art with design to create functional solutions for everyday needs. The resulting objets d’art are genuine collector’s items that will continue to appreciate in value over time.
KAYIWA’s Finnish-Ugandan designer borrows principles and aesthetic elements from the rich cultures and traditions of African and Nordic art, craft and design. His creations acquire a story and become a heritage to pass down to the next generation.
For our most discerning clientele, KAYIWA offers customized service. All the existing products may be ordered in a range of colors, sizes, materials and finishes to create a custom-made, one-off piece. Furthermore, the KAYIWA studio can even create a completely new design made to the client's exact specifications.
The creation of each artifact balances the latest technology in mechanization with the best of artisan skill. We manufacture our products to very high standards, and we guarantee that they will perform well for many years. Accordingly, we warranty all our products against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship for a minimum period of 10 years.
About Designer Lincoln Kayiwa
Lincoln Kayiwa was born in 1979 into an architectural family in Kampala, Uganda. He graduated as a Master of Arts from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland in 2007. Upon graduating, he founded his own design studio, KAYIWA.
Kayiwa's Ugandan roots and Nordic life blend into a unique approach. He shows us that design can be bold and playful, yet still aesthetic, fully functional and durable. His uncompromising, innovative works make Lincoln Kayiwa a pioneer in creating exclusive, usable art pieces that enable anyone to be a collector.