Artecnica’s Icarus Pendant Light

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story of Icarus, fear not, I am here to give you a brief lesson in Greek mythology. Born to the inventor and master craftsman know as Daedalus, Icarus was imprisoned alongside his father by King Minos on the Island of Crete. To add insult to injury the two were held captive in Daedalus’s very own invention, the Labyrinth. As it was impossible to escape through either land or sea, the savvy Daedalus constructed “wings” from wax and feathers to emulate the wings of a bird. Amazingly, the wings worked, and before their big escape, Daedalus cautioned Icarus to maintain a steady mid-altitude flight, not to low as the sea could wet his feathers making them too heavy, and no to high as the sun would melt the wax on his wings.

Unfortunately, Poor Icarus did not heed his father’s advise, and upon leaving Crete, the taste of freedom was just too sweet to not soar higher and higher. The sun melted the wax, the feathers loosened, and Icarus plunged into the sea and drowned. The End.

Alas, the story of the Icarus Pendant Light is a happier one. Inspired by the beauty, not the foolishness of its fallen namesakes, Artecnica’s Icarus Pendant Light was designed as an homage to this hubristic character. The “feathers” allow for soft diffused lighting, and create a sense of movement, reminiscent of a bird in flight. This pendant light is sure to turn any space into a romantic and magical atmosphere. I think using them in pairs adds a certain completeness to them as I keep imagining them perched over my vanity. What do you think of the Icarus Pendant Light? Where would you put one in your home?

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