The Alouette by award-winning designer Miles Keller is based on the unique design of Canada’s Alouette satellite, launched back in 1962. With it, Canada became the 3rd nation into space, symbolizing the country’s entry into the digital age that was only just dawning. Canadians were no longer simply “hewers of wood and drawers of water”. While it is still in orbit to this day, it has been shut down long ago. In this context, the original shape and proportions are preserved while the satellite itself is re-imagined and repurposed.
The Alouette chandelier makes a striking visual statement. Its structure and assembly is expressed boldly and honestly. The open/closed nature of the outer shell creates a spectacular lighting effect, producing beautiful light with a spectacular shadow pattern. The history and meaning of the Alouette satellite itself gives the lamp meaning and context.