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Prima and Petit Ballerina

July 26, 2013

In her second collaboration with Melbourne lighting manufacturer, Rakumba, Simone LeAmon has created two lighting designs that draw on the traditional ballerina lampshade.

Designed by Australian designer Simone LeAmon, the Petit and Prima Ballerina is a new lighting range that reinterprets a late 19th century design.

The design draws on the traditional ballerina lampshade – an intricately made design featuring twists and frills. LeAmon worked with lighting manufacturer, Rakumba, to create this contemporary interpretation of the Edwardian silhouette, while using the traditional knowledge and skills of the Rakumba craftswomen.

LeAmon says of the project: “Few people remain in industry with the experience and dexterity to make the ballerina shade. Among other things, manufacturing is about people, but we often forget this. Inspired by the Rakumba staff, I set out to design lighting products to speak of the expertise and work histories of these wonderful people.”

Every component in the Prima and Petit Ballerina designs is manufactured locally in Melbourne, while both feature LED lighting.

The Ballerina range is the second collaboration to stem from LeAmon’s partnership with Rakumba, following on from the Ricotta lamp launched in 2010, and was launched at designEX 2013 as part of the Nest exhibition.


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