- Tom Chung, Jordan Murphy
Designers Tom Chung and Jordan Murphy, the duo behind the instantly recognisable, industrial Cast Pendant design, have adapted the small but mighty shade concept for wall applications. With a presence that rivals its functionality, the compact new Cast Sconce Wall Lamp—made for Danish brand Menu—unites triangular, linear, and round elements into a sophisticated geometric silhouette that contributes to any room’s ambience both when the lamp is on and off.
Minimal design is often considered modern, which it can be in some cases, but what we find are the best examples of minimal design are actually timeless in their aesthetic, which is found through a design’s simplicity. So, what does it really mean for a design to be timeless? One could argue that they are designs that carry archetypal weight, harking back to bygone eras and echoing familiar forms. At the same time, the simplicity of these designs make them undeniably modern. There is little ornamentation, and every element carries meaning and purpose. Such is the nature of the Cast Lighting Series. Chung and Murphy based the original cast aluminium pendant on age-old plumb weights that masons and carpenters have been hanging from lines since ancient Egyptian times to establish a true vertical.
Continuing the pendants’ graphic expression, the Cast Sconce Wall Lamp also incorporates new components to establish a distinct identity. So while it beautifully complements the Cast Pendants, the wall lamp also hangs comfortably on its own, bringing soft, glare-free light to living spaces, hotel rooms, or passage areas. The thoughtfully designed brushed brass vertical bar and mounting plate create an expressive form that naturally assimilates into the decor of any space.
The Toronto-based designers Thomas Chung and Jordan Murphy share an appreciation for functional, honest design, and new solutions focused on the human experience. The duo share a keen interest in the history of objects and the ways in which existing concepts can be adapted and transformed to meet modern needs—exemplified by this particular lighting design.