Earthy and Sculptural Ceramic Lighting by In Common With and Danny Kaplan

20th June 2022
The Seneca table lamps from the modern, sculptural ceramic lighting collaboration between Brooklyn design studio In Common With and ceramic artist Danny Kaplan.
Seneca Table Lamp | Photo © Sarah Elliott

We’re going to pretend we’re in ultra-cool Brooklyn today, exploring the work of collaborative design studio In Common With and their new collection of handmade ceramic lighting. And they’re so completely and utterly gorgeous, it hurts.

Known for paring beauty with simplicity (if it’s not so completely obvious from these beautiful lifestyle shots) founders Nick Ozemba and Felicia Hung have come together with fellow Brooklynite and ceramic artist, Danny Kaplan. The result is the Terra Collection, combining minimal, contemporary forms with a handmade aesthetic. Strong, elegant lines and simplistic sculptural curves are off-set with raw texture and smooth brass finishings. This unusual ceramic lighting collection encapsulates the intersection between the ancient and modern.

A warm, mid-century modern style Brooklyn apartment with a tall minimalist 'Helena' ceramic lamp created by artist Danny Kaplan for In Common With design studio.
Paloma pendant lamp in anthracite and Helena floor lamp in stone | Photo © William Jess Laird

A collaboration with ceramicist Danny Kaplan, the Terra series reflects our studios’ shared commitment to pairing beauty with utility; tradition with innovation; Danny’s organic forms with our signature systems-driven simplicity.

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Terra ranges from the totemic Helena floor lamp (3ft high) to statement pendant lamps like Paloma and Augustus, meant to draw in conversations over the dining table and wall sconces for more intimate spaces within the home. The lamps’ tactile qualities are owing to a stoneware clay with high levels of grog and grit Kaplan’s studio use to give a rougher, rustic texture called ‘tooth’. Inside a pre-war former bottling factory, his team of artisans use a variety of different techniques to build the lights depending on the design, including wheel-throwing, slab and coil building.

Ceramic artist Danny Kaplan's 'Terra' ceramic lighting collection is a collaboration with Brooklyn based In Common With. The lamps are richly tactile with a sculptural-ancient yet modern aesthetic.
Earthy ceramic lighting – Augustus surface mount in Chestnut and Helena table lamp | Photo © William Jess Laird
In Common With's Helena table lamp, created by Danny Kaplan Studio in Brooklyn. The lamp is made using slab built stoneware clay and glazed in an ivy green, featuring brass hardware and a silk cord.
Photo © William Jess Laird

Together, we experimented with structure and scale to create pieces that embody an ongoing dialogue between artist and material. Our goal: to make the connection between clay and light appear innate, as effortless as friendly conversation.

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The 'Simon' surface mount ceramic ceiling lamp from In Common With's 'Terra' modern lighting collection.
Chunky and minimal – the Simon surface mount | Photo © William Jess Laird
Dreamy ceramic pendant lights, handmade using a mix of slab building and wheel-thrown clay.
A mix of slab-built and hand-thrown – Augustus pendant lamp | Photo © William Jess Laird
A warm modernist dining room styled with vintage modern dining chairs and featuring a green ceramic lamp from the In Common With collection, based in Brooklyn.
Gorgeous in Ivy green – Augustus ceramic lighting | Photo © William Jess Laird

And did I mention In Common With’s Handmade collection is equally beautiful? True to their name, it features collaborative lighting projects with glassblowers, metal workers and engineers around the world coming together to create striking, contemporary lights for the most discerning design lovers.