Congratulations on your latest collection IRIS. Could you please talk us through the inspiration behind this collection and how it epitomises your design evolution?
Christopher Boots: Thank you! The IRIS collection is named in keeping with my penchant for mythology. According to my ancestors in Ancient Greece, Iris was a goddess messenger, bridging heaven and earth, associated with linking gods and humanity, bearing a message of hope and beauty amongst the storm. Iris is a perfect analogy for our times.
First designed about four or five years ago, samples of brass, copper, quartz and glass underwent multiple iterations and processes, decoupled from a timeline to deliver to market. On launching my studio there was a strong intent to ensure a collection created and delivered to schedule. Quickly it became apparent that some things need their own time to gestate, develop and birth when they’re ready, not some demanding arbitrary date.
IRIS encompasses a series of pendants, sconces and lamps with multiple forms and open possibilities. The material expression of alabaster and brass – stone and metal precisely crafted – follows my philosophy of lighting as jewellery for the home.