Lighting designer Bernhard Dessecker offhandedly references the look of BMW Mini headlights for his grandly sized, egg-shaped chandelier for Moooi. Aptly named Iconic Eyes, the fixture is covered with peeper-like lenses of frosted glass set inside chrome rings, each one individually lit by an LED. Initially commissioned for Munich’s renovated Bavarian National Museum, the striking pendant gives off a glorious ambient glow enhanced by bright rings of light. “What I love about lighting design is that it is never predictable," says designer Bernhard.
- 46.9" h x 30.3" dia (119x77cm)
- Cable length: 393.7" (1000)
PE, PC, ABS, chrome
- UL listed
- Color temperature: 2700K
- Bulb included
- Integrated LED
It rhymes with “boy,” and a child’s wonder and uninhibited creative impulse is at the heart of this Amsterdam design house co-founded in 2001 by Netherlands design star Marcel Wanders. Then as now, Moooi’s aim is to crack conventions of modern design, providing a platform for the most experimental creatives around the world, including Studio Job, Bertjan Pot, Front and Neri&Hu, as well as creative director Wanders himself.
Some of Moooi’s beautifully eccentric pieces like the charred-wood Smoke Chair; the nearly life-size Horse Lamp; and Iconic Eyes, a dazzling hanging light made of BMW headlights, have become design icons. “We are not the kind of company that decides to produce a commercial chair and then contacts the right designer,” says Robin Bevers, who took the reins as CEO in 2015, after co-founder and Dutch design entrepreneur Casper Vissers stepped away. “It’s rather the other way round: they contact us.” From hotels to homes, the flights of fancy in furnishings, wallcoverings, rugs, lighting and décor from Moooi continue to marvel.