Custom lamps for residential and commercial settings created by New Delhi based light studio, Paul Matter take their cues from mid-century modernism, industrial edge and Paul’s own minimalist aesthetics.
The studio revisits iconic motifs across the range of these influences to create its own distinctive collections. The pieces draw from a lux material palette that includes buffed and aged brass, copper, stone, leather and mouth blown glass.
The brand, founded in 2016, is dedicated to on-demand production which allows for each piece to be customized in accordance to a specific client’s needs. At the headquarters of Paul Matter, the pieces are hand finished and assembled – one lamp at a time with attention to details and finesse, making them truly artisanal and luxurious.
Adequate care is taken to ensure that each of the finished products speaks the language of perfection. The ultimate motive for the brand is to collaborate and co-ordinate with some of the most exciting independent designers and artists working today with an attempt to create a collection of exquisite and unique light sculptures.
Paul Matter focuses on the quality of light. They also believe in the longevity of the design, not only in terms of materiality, but also in the visual language. The design for the brand needs to survive the test of time and should not become dated and associated with only a certain time period.
A significant aspect of the materials used to design these lights is that brass, copper, stone, leather and glass get better with time and utility. They can be used in their truest form while revealing its layers. Brass exhibits exuberance with a mirror-like perfection when buffed and aged-imperfection when it is patinated.
The brand also plans to use stone and leather extensively in the designs to come in the near future. Talking about the future prospects of the brand, owner Nikhil Paul says, “I am not sure where I see the brand in the next 5 years or ten or twenty. What I do know is that we have set out to explore different aspects of lighting design and while doing so push limits and boundaries of design, craft and manufacturing”.
Paul Matter has launched three series so far. Each series has found homes in some amazing spaces designed by leading architects and designers of the world. Success is measured by the understanding of the product and the application. They do not account for the success of a product based on mere interims of numbers sold. The product is a success if it has been conveyed by an interior designer the way they intended it to while designing.
When inquired about competition of the brand from other brands, Paul says, “I would rather look at it as a potential for growth, collaborations and innovation. I don’t see it as competition.”
Text By Anindita Ganguly