Product > lighting: sconce
The Zodiac Sconce was custom-designed by and for Roger Thomas’ final hotel project in Boston which wraps up a four decade-long design career. Named after Thomas himself, Scorpio is poetic and brooding at 25" tall and 28 pounds. The oversized ADA sconce combines a precisely machined brass arm which hides the LED light source and a rough-hewn, hand-cast brass back plate handmade in Chicago. Thanks to Boyd's expert craftspeople who make each fixture by hand in Colorado, this sconce has perfect joints.
“Boyd’s fixtures are not only dependable, but incredibly attractive... really beautiful... always having that quality that I look for in light fixtures,” said Thomas. "I depend on the integrity and the in-depth knowledge and experience of my partners in the company to realize the designs. I think Boyd's realized-versions of the designs equaled my imagination. Better. It's better than my vision, in a way, because it has this beautiful handmade presence in the room."
To achieve the particular pattern for the hand-cast back plate took many revisions. “I find that the horizontal textures become more important to me in my work," said Thomas. "They have to do with the landscape, which I think settles all of us. We get a sense of security and rightness from horizontal lines because we see them and experience them everywhere every day.”
Scorpio bounces warm, ambient light against the rigged backplate. “My favorite light is the light of a candle on a table, and I think the Scorpio does really beautifully,” said Thomas. "I think light is one of the key qualities of design. I was intrigued with imagining a way to reflect light into a room without showing the light source. It needed to be that romantic wonderful source of reflected light, the source of that warm wonderful magical glow in the room. I started thinking about how to completely conceal the light source but bounce it back into the room."
"I’ve been a hospitality designer 40 years," said Thomas. "My job is not to pick the prettiest things in the world and put them together in a really beautiful way; my job is to create an emotional experience composed of drama and mystery and humor and intrigue and delight. As far as my budget will extend, I insist that nearly every single component that goes into my projects be completely unique and custom. A lot of people who stay in hotels would be amazed at how the product consistency can degenerate when your order is 2500 pieces, from the first piece coming out of the factory to the last. You can't always count on product consistency. I can always count on consistency with Boyd. When I'm trying to keep all of these balls in the air, and I've got 2500 rooms and a couple of million square feet of public space, I can sleep well when I work with Boyd. That's why I have been working design with Boyd and Jay Sweet for over 30 years."