No mud, no glory…
The lotus is one of nature’s most beautiful flowers. In various cultures worldwide, it is held as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, and rebirth.
The lotus roots down in the mud at the bottom of the waters and slowly makes its way towards the light. Once it reaches the light, it settles on top of the water. The hovering lotus flower opens its petals and blooms from early morning till afternoon.
The blooming of the lotus is most commonly seen as the way of life, where the mud is the common ground we share with all humans, the obstacles and sufferings we all get to face; sadness, loss, illness, dying, and death. To grow and gain wisdom, we must have the mud.
The lotus flower roots firmly in the mud and slowly rises to the water’s surface. Finally, the lotus shows its beauty, hovering on the surface, opening petal after petal, all while remaining rooted in the mud.
If we are to manifest our potential and offer our gifts to the world, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus flower. Not by ignoring or avoiding the mud, but by accepting it and using it as motivation to succeed. The dirt provides a richness of lessons, lessons we wouldn’t get to learn otherwise.
The lotus flower collection “the tunes of the divine” was inspired by the process of co-creation and its fifteen virtues. We can nurture these virtues by giving them some of our attention and simply by remembering. We don’t have to learn anything new, as these virtues are already an inherent part of our true nature.
A process of co-creation
The lotus flower collection was co-created with various artisans in Marrakesh. Each of them brought their traditional craftsmanship to the table.
The initial design out of balsa wood took precisely 24 hours. The co-creation, up to the final presentation and first sales, took seven years, including the writings on each virtue.
Each chandelier represents the five elements of nature using different materials, colors, and shapes. The final design separated each flower into a set of fitting crowns, providing easy cleaning.
Fifteen flowers and a few essential elements allow the co-creation of an infinite number of unique, handmade chandeliers.
The 15 virtues of co-creation
“Lotus Flower” chandeliers