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The glow of embers in a beach campfire in Hawaii. The play of moonlight through the leaves of palm trees. The precision of craftsmen building a wooden fence in Japan. Bodysurfing in the curl of the wave. These are the childhood memories of artist Mark Chai that inspire his handcut modern lamps and sculpture. Made of fine woods and recycled white plastic, carved into interlocking pieces of flowing curves, his designs of soothing light and shadow reflect and fill the negative and positive spaces.
Mark Chai’s work has been seen in Dwell, New Yorker, House Beautiful, Sunset, Travel & Leisure, Home, Honolulu, and Hawaii Modern Luxury magazines, in the Wallpaper Honolulu City Guide, and on MTV’s “Real World.”
The Honolulu Museum of Art’s year-long exhibit, “Hawai‘i in Design” featured his delicate wood pendant lamps. Honolulu magazine named him one of Hawaii’s hottest designers, and Disney’s Aulani resort on Oahu commissioned three playful sculptures of recycled materials. Mark Chai lamps highlight Chef Ed Kenney’s restaurants Mahina & Sun’s, Town, and Kaimuki Superette, as well as the corporate headquarters of both the American Savings Bank and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Mark’s art is his passion, his daily practice, and his meditation.
“I searched for a lamp for months for my new home, which is rather post-industrial and commercial looking, with concrete block walls, lots of steel, high ceilings, etc; yet I still wanted a warm feel about the place. I was taken immediately by the “Light Pod.” It was the first piece of art I installed in the house and it looks fantastic!”
– Catherine Stocker, Napa Valley Reserve Winery
Mark Chai lamps are constructed of interlocking precision hand-cut pieces of 2-ply wood veneer of maple, mahogany or cherry, or white PVC plastic.