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Covet: A Complex, Diamond-Patterned Metal Light Fixture

Hey, math lovers! Designer Øivind Slaatto used the Fibonacci Sequence to craft this intricate light.


Photo courtesy of Louis Poulsen.

We’d understand if, at first blush, Louis Poulsen’s “Patera” pendant light reminded you of a glittering disco ball. But look closer: The striking handmade piece, available locally at Neena’s Lighting, takes its unique shape from a decidedly more complicated muse. Danish designer Øivind Slaatto used the famous mathematical formula known as the Fibonacci Sequence to devise the metallic fixture’s pattern of glowing diamond-shaped cells, each specially positioned to provide glare-free light from all angles. It’s a modern take on a classic chandelier, the designer says—and the “most complex light” he’s ever created. Take that, Saturday Night Fever.

Øivind Slaatto for Louis Poulsen “Patera” pendant light with steel rods and PVC shade, starting at $1,300, Neena’s Lighting.