Moonjelly, is a collection of otherworldly lights that blur the line between sculpture and function.
Birthed out of an invitation to spend a week at the Ngwenya Glass factory in Swaziland in celebration of the company's 30th birthday. Dokter and Misses and other local designers were given free reign to explore the age-old medium with the Ngwenya team alongside top local and international glassblowers.
The team pushed glass blowing conventions to the limit as they worked with the blowers to bend recycled glass orbs over steel structures in a melting Dali-esque manner.
“We had an idea what we wanted to do but we had no idea if it would technically work,” says Katy Taplin, co-founder of Dokter and Misses with Adriaan Hugo. “So this really is the result of our play.”
After several experiments and functional problem-solving, the duo devised a series of 27 pieces that includes standing lamps as well as single and cluster pendants. The steel structures carry the bold Memphis-inspired shapes that have become part of the design studio’s signature.
The marriage of these two typologies – sharp versus soft, steel versus glass – results in a whimsical and weird design language that could only be Dokter and Misses.