Nobel Truong’s designs are as bright and fresh as an oasis in the middle of the desert. And this is precisely where she drew the inspiration for this whimsical series that brings the most colorful details of the desert right to your living room -or your desk, if you prefer.
In an interview with Create&Cultivate, she explains where the inspiration for the cactus series came from:
“I had a dimly-lit apartment and needed more lighting in the space. I had also just learned how to use a laser cutter and wanted to work with acrylic – plastics are the best material to cut on a laser cutter. I was really inspired by the Memphis Group and was a bit nostalgic of the mid-century decor and architecture of my hometown in Southern California, so I felt succulent-themed lighting would be most fitting.”
The series includes cacti of different heights and shapes, and the whole collection would look perfectly in place on top of a dune. But it can also look completely at home in your living room.
The collection, which includes a Saguaro, an Echinocereus, and a Moon Cactus, is available in different sizes and fit for different purposes. Although all sculptures glow on their own in daylight, a LED-wired lamp version is also available for a more intense glow at night.
These objects, perfect in their utilitarian goal -the Bauhaus and Modernist influence is very clear in all her collections-, also bring a ray of neon color to every environment.
As for her influences, Truong states: “Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe. I am a huge admirer of the structural forms and function that marked Bauhaus architecture and the play on colors and shapes pioneered by the Memphis Group. I also draw a lot of inspiration from the works of Noguchi, Ray and Charles Eames, and Nelson for the furniture I design and build.”
What started out as an idea for small household items such as mugs and plates evolved into a fully-formed aesthetic approach to furniture and decoration.
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