Decorative lighting finds a new universal language in the Ceto collection. Bridging across multiple functions, the sculptural luminaire embodies a sense of oneness and unity much like the ocean itself. Spanning chandeliers, floor lamps, wall lighting and pendant varieties, the collection is set to be Ross Gardam’s most extensive one yet.
“For me, the ocean has such a calming effect; it’s a place heavily wrapped up in childhood nostalgia and a deep feeling of tranquillity. I wanted the Ceto light to act as a kind of mnemonic device, allowing you to return to this place[,]” says Gardam.
The collection strikes a delicate balance between organic glass elements and machined aluminium. The rippled glass creates a stunning underwater effect. Each glass shade is mouth-blown individually by the Jam Factory in Adelaide, creating diverse and subtle patterns which reflect the variation of the ocean. The aluminium components are produced locally in Melbourne with Ross Gardam’s manufacturing partners, and each Ceto element is produced in the Ross Gardam Melbourne studio. There, everything is meticulously assembled, wired and carefully packaged.
“Intertwined with everything we do is locality. Being able to collaborate with local makers not only achieves heightened results, but it’s also fun. Engaging on a project on a micro level with other passionate people is one of the reasons I love doing what I do.”
Glass never forgets. The unique forms and patterns found in the glass elements of the Ceto collection were developed through a series of experiments with traditional optic glass blowing techniques. The glass is blown twice: first into the optic – the preliminary mold – and then again into the final mold, where it achieves its absolute form. Glass has a memory, so the pattern impressed during the optic mould will be clearly represented in the absolute form. The geometric pattern used in the optic for the Ceto collection was developed by Ross Gardam after testing various existing optic techniques.
Ross Gardam will be presenting new work at a solo show during the Milan Design Week in April, where they will launch new and limited-edition configurations of Ceto. A team of talented designers, engineers and makers with a passion for collaboration, Ross Gardam is dedicated to producing innovative and unique furniture, lighting and objects. Read more about Ross Gardam on their newly launched website.