Mexico City design studio Davidpompa has created a black pendant lamp from volcanic rock more commonly used to make bowls for smashing avocado.

The Austrian-Mexican designer Pompa set up his eponymous studio in Mexico City in 2013, after graduating from product design at Kingston University in London. The studio – which has another outpost in Klagenfurt, Austria – recently revamped its showroom in the Mexican capital.

Launching at this year’s Design Week Mexico, Meta comprises a 32-centimetre-long cylindrical pendant volume made from recinto – a black stone that has been used since Mesoamerican civilisations, which flourished in central Mexico between the 14th and 16th centuries.

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Davidpompa listed applications of the material as architecture, sculptures and kitchen utensils. Examples include the Mexican molcajete – a stone bowl and grinder used for pummelling or mashing food like avocado.

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The stone has a bubbling, irregular surface created as lava quickly cools, and was described by the studio as a “distinct and enigmatic material”. “Rich nuances of dark grey are created through irregular variations on the surface,” said Davidpompa in a project description.

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For the Meta lamp, the porous texture is contrasted with a glossy black aluminium tip. This forms both the cylindrical end that holds the light, and a circular disc that acts as a shading device to keep the stone’s finish matte.

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“Both materials formed into cylindrical shapes emphasise a smooth yet sharp aesthetic with a monochromatic palette of tones,” said studio founder David Pompa. “The merge of finishes turns this pendant into a dark smoke delight for the best home interior design.”

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Davidpompa’s Meta will launch during Design Week Mexico at Diseño Contenido – an exhibition which takes place from 13 to 14 October 2018 at Lincoln Park in Mexico City’s Polanco neighbourhood.

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Source: https://www.dezeen.com/2018/10/03/meta-pendant-lamp-davidpompa-design-week-mexico/