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Fragile Future Chandelier

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Amsterdam (designed and made)

  • Date:

    2011 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Studio Drift (Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta) (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Phosphorus Bronze, electronics, LED's, real Dandelion seeds, plexiglass

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the support of Moët Hennessy as winner of the Pavilion Art & Design London Prize

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This chandelier was designed by the Dutch design-duo Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift in 2010. The chandelier is part of Studio Drift’s Fragile Future series uniting nature (in the form of real dandelion clocks) and lighting technology.

The design conveys a symbolism and narrative of nature frozen in time, as the individual dandelion seeds have been hand-glued onto the chandelier’s LED light bulbs, making them unable to reach their life-renewing potential. The LED lights are connected to a metal framework which carries an electric current. This framework is then attached to an MDF box imitating concrete. It is a remarkable and contradictory assemblage of materials seemingly impossible yet accomplishing a poetic beauty through its creative use of materials and technique.

Physical description

Chandelier made from an MDF box (painted grey to imitate concrete) upon which a metal framework is attached which carries an electric current. LED lights appear in the centre of dandelion clocks constructed by gluing real, individual dandelion seeds onto the LED lights that are attached to the metal framework.

Place of Origin

Amsterdam (designed and made)


2011 (designed and made)


Studio Drift (Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta) (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Phosphorus Bronze, electronics, LED's, real Dandelion seeds, plexiglass


Height: 94.5 cm, Width: 73.5 cm, Depth: 73.5 cm, Weight: 15 kg

Object history note

In 2010 Fragile Future Concrete Chandelier was awarded the Moët-Hennessy PAD prize at the Pavilion of Art and Design (PAD) fair. The V&A was a collaborator to this event which led to its acquisition of the chandelier generously sponsored by Moët-Hennessy.

Descriptive line

Fragile Future Concrete Chandelier, designed by Drift (Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta), Moet Hennessy PAD Prize award 2010, the gift of DesignArt London


MDF; Phosphor bronze; Electrical components; Acrylic; Seeds


Painting; Gluing

Subjects depicted



Furniture; Interiors; Lighting; Household objects; Shekou; Values of Design; Design Society

Production Type



Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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