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Hyphen Modular Lighting Collection Unites Two Opposing Materials

06.28.22 | By
Hyphen Modular Lighting Collection Unites Two Opposing Materials

Here’s a fresh take on modular lighting from Quebec-based lighting brand d’Armes Hyphen. Shared for the first time during this year’s ICFF, the collection is made up of three pieces: the Hyphen Pendant, the Hyphen Table Simple, and the Hyphen Table Double. While the resemblance to the type character is clear, its name is derived from the ancient Greek ὑφ’ ἕν (huph’ hén). In this case, it stands for the union of two opposites into one. Hyphen lighting exhibits this through the use of warm, soft, sensitive porcelain, and cold, strong, brilliant steel.

“With Hyphen, and our work at large, we aim to design and manufacture lights that bring uniqueness to an environment, create an emotion, enhance a decor, and elicit curiosity,” says designer Alexandre Joncas. “Hyphen is unique in its form, in its production process of artistic collaboration, and in its use of porcelain and molding.”

collection of white hyphen-shaped pendant lighting

The hallmark curved luminaires can be put to use hanging or standing. When hanging, two cylindrical bodies are joined with a pivot that allows for multiple light positions and orientations. Standing, Hyphen can be used in one or two parts that can be arranged in multiple ways. “We also choose to use light bulbs, where many designers don’t. We find this design choice to be friendlier to the environment, as clients can then replace and ‘fix’ the pieces without having to return or change the whole lamp,” says designer Gildas Le Bars.

black hyphen-shaped pendant lighting

All of d’Armes’ lighting is created in Morin-Heights, Quebec – including the porcelain portions of Hyphen. Ceramic artist Gréta Jonckheere makes each piece individually using custom molds and moving through several phases over multiple days.

Each piece of Hyphen will be available in several materials and finishes, including chromatic black cast steel, blasted black steel cast iron, and matte white porcelain. With further sustainability in mind, the lighting comes in plastic-free packaging made of recycled, recyclable, and biodegradable cardboard, and is delivered using worldwide carbon-neutral shipping.

black hyphen-shaped table lighting

black hyphen-shaped pendant lighting

black hyphen-shaped table lighting

black hyphen-shaped table lighting

white hyphen-shaped pendant lighting

white hyphen-shaped table lighting

white hyphen-shaped table lighting

black hyphen-shaped pendant lighting

black hyphen-shaped table lighting

black hyphen-shaped table lighting

black hyphen-shaped pendant lighting in a styled space

black hyphen-shaped pendant lighting in a styled space

white hyphen-shaped wall sconce in styled space

closed porcelain mold in studio

open porcelain mold in studio

To learn more about Hyphen modular lighting, visit darmes.ca.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.