For close to 20 years, Jacco Maris has been cooking up inventive, lovely lighting. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel all the way to Europe anymore to find his wonderful pieces. Global Lighting recently began offering Maris’s light fixtures in showrooms around United States and Canada.
If you’re not familiar with his work, you’re in for a treat. The collection of five Maris-designed lights runs the stylistic gamut from ethereal, looping fixtures to more substantial models—all handmade in the Netherlands. They’re rendered in metal (steel, brass, copper, iron and sand-casted aluminum) in shapes that highlight the physical properties and versatility of their media. In Maris’s hand, the materials have the last word.
Inspiration for the fixtures comes from disparate sources. Scraps of twisted metal and industrial hoses could suggest a form, as they did in the case of his Ruban Plié, his first foray into lighting design. Maris recalls, “I was at home, when when I was asked to make my first light. All I had at home were some metal tubes and some metal ribbon which I had found at the local scrap yard. I didn’t have any money so had to find a way to create the most luxurious fixture possible with the least amount of materials and costs. And I had to be able to make on my own, by hand.”
Traditional Dutch design also finds its way into his pieces, though his take on it is anything but old-fashioned. For a version of the Montone chandelier, clients can choose a model painted with a windmill pattern by Frank de Wit and Ben Quaedvlieg in the iconic style of 16th-century Delftware. Ode 1647 arrives as a smart reinterpretation of Dutch chandeliers of the 17th-century. Instead of gilt metal, though, Maris opted for copper mesh, a material more commonly found in the high-pressure hoses on racecars and elevators.