The Crinkled Paper Lanterns of Bradley Bowers, a Magician of Materials
To an industrial designer, plastics and metals are typically a native language while natural materials are a foreign tongue. Bradley Bowers didn’t touch them until graduate school, at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and discovered an approach to manipulating mediums that went on to inform everything his New Orleans studio does today. In his hands, static materials undulate with life (and nod to his like-minded heroes Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Issey Miyake). His first lighting collection, Halo, debuted this past spring. Bowers’s flair for transformation shines through each fixture, where sheets of cotton paper, coaxed by spritzes of water and wooden clothespins, become beacons of enlightenment.