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Designer: Norm Architects

Country of Origin: Denmark/USA

Material: Black Anodized Aluminum, Opal Glass

Bulb type:  E27 (not included) 

Dimensions: 13.78 L"× 13.78" W × 11.81" H

Why is it Special?

Bare bulbs first sought shelter in opaque glass globes in the 1920s. Clean in their form and practical in their even distribution of light, the structures became popular bearers of good task and ambient lighting. Classrooms, libraries, courthouses, banks and kitchens alike welcomed these hardworking pendants, also known as “schoolhouse lights.” As demand for the style grew, the original white, flared globe took on more geometric forms with fancier metal fittings. In the 20s and 30s, during the Art Deco period, one form in particular – an unexpected half-moon – became especially common.

Norm Architects’ take on the retro pendant reflects the designers’ focus on functional, simple, and timeless objects that leave nothing more to add or take away. In the Bank Pendant, ornamentation has been removed to reveal the essence of the omni-light form, which generates 320-degree illumination. The pairing of opal or smoke mouth-blown glass with black powder coated aluminum creates beautiful contrasts, with gently curved edges throughout the design creating the soft, unified expression Norm Architects are known for.

Purposeful and versatile, the Bank Pendant accommodates any E27 bulb, allowing you to create the desired ambience with soft, glare-free light. A special fitting featuring a wire makes it easy to ensure that the shade always hangs evenly.

Like its 1920s predecessors, the Bank Pendant finds itself at home in historic landmarks, bistros, offices and other public spaces – and proves just as adept at lending ambience to private homes.