A Lanvin Alum Who Pivoted to Design — And Just Released Our ’80s Dream Lamp
Ever since Golden Girls style became a thing two years ago, it’s become something of a sport among Instagram vintage accounts to continuously drop ever-larger, ever-more-curvaceous ’80s lacquered furniture sets than you dreamed could possibly exist. All those huge, gleaming pastel dressers and armoires look incredible on social media, and in the homes of celebrities, but in real life, if you even have the space to fit them, how often can a normal interior withstand such overpowering pastiche? Not often. Leave it to a former accessories designer to recognize that sometimes a little bit of a big trend is all you need — Nadia El Abany‘s new collection of striped and color-blocked columnar lamps, their high-gloss ceramic bases and linen shades straight out of a Miami estate sale, let you scratch that particular itch without having to go all in.
The Bolet lamps are the first release from Eo Ipso, Abany’s new commercial design line, which is also her first official foray into products and furniture. A multi-hyphenate who studied fashion at the Ecole Duperré in Paris, specializing in leather goods, Abany spent years designing accessories for brands like Lanvin, Sonya Rykiel, and Roger Vivier before deciding she wanted to pivot into objects instead. In 2018, she showed a few wall sculptures with Tools Galerie, but Eo Ipso reflects her ambition to make things that more people can buy and live with. The Bolet lamp, she says, “evokes the perfectly balanced silhouettes of the greatest fashion designers,” while on the design side, she cites Jean-Michel Frank and Ettore Sottsass as among its influences. Check out the full series below; you can purchase the lamps for around $500-750 in Eo Ipso’s online shop.