Lighting and Furniture by CP Lighting
CP Lighting

CP Lighting

Philadelphia, PA, United States

"Working in the gray area between Sculpture, Craft and Design since 1990"
Internationally acclaimed designer Christopher Poehlmann has been considered a trend leader in sustainable design practices and Organic Modernism for most of his career. His company CP Lighting produces functional object with fine craft integrity, some as serial production items but most as one-off objects focusing on the unique quality of the makers hand and mind. CP Lighting produces work internationally for residential, commercial and hospitality projects to order.

What is your favorite material to work with?

"My material of choice is aluminum for its strength, light weight and ability to be transformed in a multitude of ways."
-- CP Lighting

What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"That they are seeing something that is inherently useful but has sculptural merit and serious design integrity."
-- CP Lighting

What motivates and inspires you?

"Making functional design objects feels almost like it's in my DNA. I fell in love with contemporary design in 1985 while studying photography in Europe and that love has never wavered. I feel super lucky that I am able to live off the work that I choose to design and put into the market place."
-- CP Lighting

What makes a space special?

"Good design and objects that evoke meaning."
-- CP Lighting

What’s unique about your work?

"I love pure Modernism, but one of my obsessions for nearly 25 years is combining Modern with Organic forms. So, it seems that I have been a trend leader since the early 90's of what is now considered Organic Modernism and Rustic Modern."
-- CP Lighting

How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"I have my moments where a new design idea just pops into my head, mostly fully formed, which I then (hopefully) jot down on paper and eventually will refine it on paper as a concept or go directly to the workbench to figure it out in 3d. My most popular chandelier series, newGROWTH, begins with a conversation about the space that the fixture will inhabit and a collaboration with the designer or architect about the size and general shape that would like the fixture. Then I use those parameters to "grow" the piece on the work bench, all the while keeping in mind the notion of a tree being naturally predisposed to grow into a light fixture. It's a very satisfying and successful amalgam of form and function."
-- CP Lighting

What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"My wife says that she would most likely be able to identify my body just by the scars from 30 years as a metal worker. I reminder her that they are mostly on my left arm and hand because I am right handed, then she reminds me about things like scars on my butt from backing into a hot object and other near misses in seldom seen places ..."
-- CP Lighting
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