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Torchon Pendant Light
Resident & Cheshire Architects
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Carrying a Torchon? It’s hard not to lust after the Torchon Pendant Light from Resident—a ravishing transparent glass sphere with a toffee-like crystalline center. Incredibly, formed as the mouth-blown globe is still warm and malleable, the organic shape inside results from molten glass pushed through to the center. Designers Cheshire Architects note, "This is an action that demands equal measures of force and delicacy: executed in the precious seconds that precede the cooling and solidification.“ Finally the fixture is finished with a wafer-thin LED lamp and suspended from a pair of super-fine wires.

  • 11.75" h x 11.75" dia (30x30cm)
  • Glass
  • Branded box
  • 24V LED
  • Color temp: 2700k


“I’d be ripping my hair out if something took more than half an hour to put together,” says Resident founder Simon James on the subject of flat-pack furniture, something he knows quite a lot about. “Most of our products wouldn’t have more than five or six screws, maximum, nor do they take longer than 5 or 10 minutes to put together.” That’s just one of the innovative qualities of the New Zealand contemporary design and manufacturing company established in 2011. With equal parts dedication to an authentic brand of craft and an eclectic but refined aesthetic, Resident has quickly made a indelible impression.

Set up in a cleverly international way with a small head office in Auckland and a distribution hub in the UK to equal the supply-time equal of its European counterparts, Resident manufactures both in New Zealand and Europe. (Partner Scott Bridgens’ knowledge of logistics comes from previously working as operations manager for Brit design firm Tom Dixon.) A small stable of designers, artists and architects—all New Zealanders and based in various parts of the globe—keeps things tight design-wise. As Simon says: “We’ve gone with people we know and whose work we admire.”