Behind The Light-Bulb Moment That Led To These Winsome Lamps


White table lamp on a black campaign chest

Hable Construction’s new collaboration with Generation Lighting translates Athens, Georgia, artist Susan Hable’s ceramics into functional design objects.

Though her textile motifs had long made their ways onto lampshades, Georgia artist Susan Hable—one half of Hable Construction, the Athens-based company she co-founded with sister Katharine in 1999—had been waiting for the right moment to fully embrace a lighting launch.

Following several wildly successful collaborations past (furnishings for Hickory Chair and Maitland-Smith, prints for Soicher Marin, textiles for S. Harris and others), lamps for Visual Comfort & Co.’s Generation Lighting brand felt like a natural fit. And that’s chiefly because “we knew the company had an extensive capability of working in ceramics,” explains Hable, who started experimenting with hand- shaped and sculpted pottery in late 2019 as an addendum to her art practice.

The lamp forms evolved directly out of those creations, brandishing both organic silhouettes—a sensual hourglass, an inverted bell, a claymation-like horseshoe—and dimpled or undulating surfaces. Expectedly, Hable’s iconic motifs, rendered in earthy colors like lemon, midnight and egg white, make their ways onto the fixtures. Irregular rhombuses nod to her work in collage while branching botanicals reference her paintings. The first eight release this fall.Curvy white ceramic lamp on white backdrop

Generation Lighting’s Monolith 3 lamp shown in egg white

Rounded ceramic table lamp with floral motif

Generation Lighting’s Nan table lamp in black leather on white leather base with white linen shade