Tom Dixon’s New Lamp Throws A Magical Matrix Of Shadows

The elaborate pattern–made up of 60 irregular pentagons–casts angular shadows when lit.

Tom Dixon loves a shiny metal pendant. The British designer has made them in all kinds of shapes–from the teardrop to the pill–but none is as eye-catching as his Etch Web: a faceted, open-structure globe that has the fine intricacy of a spider web and the geometric symmetry of a buckyball.


The detailed pattern, consisting of 60 irregular pentagons, is achieved with an acid-etching process similar to that used in manufacturing circuit boards. Despite its size (26 inches), the aluminum shade–made with an acid-etching process similar to that used to manufacture circuit boards–weighs just a little over two pounds. It’s not for sale quite yet, but we’ll let you know when it is.

About the author

Belinda Lanks is the editorial director of Co.Design. Before joining, she was the managing editor of Metropolis.