Astronomical LED Illumination by Mavisten Edition

Renaissance mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus changed the world forever when his observations led him to devise a model of the universe positioning the Sun, rather than Earth, at its center of the solar system. In similar fashion, albeit at a less heretical scale, lighting and LED design brand Mavisten Edition seeks to make their Copernica Collection the center of living spaces.

Detail of Copernica pendant lamp, showing mouth-blown smoked glass shade and Emberline LED bulbs.

Founded in 2018 by Michael Almodova and Eric Hsieh and “inspired by the Golden Hour of the California sunset,” Mavisten Edition’s Copernica lighting collection strikes an attractive balance between vintage industrial cues with elements of a sleek contemporary aesthetic.

Examples of Copernica pendant in small and large editions in kitchen and bedroom settings.

Floor lamp edition from the Copernica Collection shown in darkened living room set besides sofa, with the last remaining minutes of a sunset in the background.

Inspired by Copernican heliocentrism, each pendant, floor lamp, table lamp, and chandelier is designed around a similar feature: a brass ring orbiting a filament bulb, paired with a mouth-blown smoked glass shade aligned with the axis of the brass ring. In sum, the design is imagined to create the illusion of a sphere, an effect most obvious when isolated in suspension in its pendant form (available in small and large editions).

Table lamp version from the Copernica Collection set on nightstand in bedroom with wooden headboard and blue bedding.

Chandelier pendant lamp Copernica Collection showcases a brass ring that orbits the warm glow of the nostalgic filament bulb. The crisp, cut edge of the mouth-blown smoked glass shade perfectly aligns with the axis of the brass ring, creating the illusion of a sphere.

As a chandelier, the three light arrangement evokes the shape of an orrery – a model of the Solar System that illustrates or predicts the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons, usually according to the heliocentric model.

The Mavisten Edition Copernica Collection starts at $199 for a small pendant lamp to $1,387 for its most intricate expression as a 3-light chandelier at mavistenedition.com. Those seeking to add an element of the design to existing lighting can check out the brand’s selection of Emberline LED bulbs crafted to mimic the amber glow of an Edison-style bulb with the energy-saving efficiency of LED technology.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.

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