Andreea Braescu handcrafts hundreds of ginkgo-leaf-shaped pieces of bone china for her spectacular art installations. These modern chandeliers are complete modern art sculptures that bring a whole new meaning to modern design and lighting design in general.
Born into a family of creatives, Andreea Braescu grew up surrounded by the arts. Both of her grandparents were painters, her mother a sculptor, and her father a designer.
The result of her exploration is a series of remarkable lighting installations that capture the delicate nature of flower petals but still embody the swirling energy of leaves on a blustery fall morning. Built onto a metal framework, the modern chandeliers are a carefully engineered series of individually crafted bone china pieces that are placed to reflect light from one ginkgo leaf to the next.
“The idea of making lighting objects out of porcelain came naturally because the porcelain I use has this translucency and also because the interplay between this light and this porcelain creates the mood and emotion I want to convey,” says Andreea Braescu. “It was very warm. It really creates a sensation.”
Regardless of the setting, each contemporary design work aims to infuse any interior with the “dreamlike quality of the natural world.” Andreea Braescu intentionally channels the forest of the Romanian countryside of her childhood, preferring the free-form of wilderness versus the structure of an English garden.