Two of France’s most appealing southwestern regions mix and mingle in MKS X SL, a collaboration between lighting company Market Set, based in Bordeaux, and young designer Sonia Laudet, whose studio is on the Basque coast. Along with geographical proximity, the partners share the same environmental values, which allowed for a common eco-design process. Laudet, who studied fashion before earning a degree in upholstery design, uses a swirling patchwork of recycled fabrics to create dishlike shades.
Available as sconces or ceiling fixtures in two diameters, 16 or 23 1/2 inches, or as a pendant fixture measuring 23 1/2 or 31 inches, the collection comprises two patterns. There's Malachite, undulating tone-on-tone bands in Sable or Nuit that suggest geological strata, and Nostalgia, a velvety floral in Camélia or Pivoine, named for the flowers that inspired them.