Fiona Gall named her lighting and chandelier design studio Emerald Faerie after celebrating the 1999 solar eclipse with friends over a bottle of Absinthe in Cornwall. As a young girl, she was fascinated by Victoriana, nature illustrations, the magical children’s book drawings of Arthur Rackham and curios squirrelled from jumble and car boot sales; elements that have shaped the Emerald Faerie brand. In adulthood, her love of illustration and magpie-like delight in trash, treasure and found objects and intensified and led her towards a degree in design craft at art college. Working with wire and glass, she started creating dramatic forms inspired by nature, constructing magical, unique but practical lighting designs.
About the brandFrom her workshop in Ramsgate by the seaside in Kent – armed with a brazing torch, Fiona Gall weaves her magic with fire, glass, lights and hand-crafted bespoke lighting and costume jewellery. Chandeliers are fashioned from broken wine glasses, discarded optical lenses and magnifying glasses, shards of Italian ashtrays and kitsch Sixties decanters. Crystal beads, metal chains and found objects are integrated into dramatic fantastical creations. The overall design ethos of Emerald Faerie takes inspiration from eras that epitomised glamour and opulence. Some of the luxurious design elements reference a Victorian era that revelled in botanicals; meddled with the opulence and optimism of the Art Nouveaux and Belle Époque periods. Her company has expanded its focus by engaging in creative collaborations with several luxury fashion brands including Hermès and a collaboration with Lane Crawford, Hong Kong.
BespokeThe Emerald Faerie brand started with a bespoke service for clients seeking large-scale, one-off installations for their homes as well as beautiful, smaller handcrafted lighting pieces. Gall’s designs have become popular with clients who seek out a design language that resonates with their homes and personal taste. Trawling auction rooms across the globe, Fiona Gall uses her magic for unearthing unusual antique and quirky vintage objects which are then reworked into dynamic new sculptural works. Meanwhile, sparkling vintage diamante pieces are then combined with wire, glass tubing and sheet metals to create opulent chandeliers, large sculptural plant forms and delicate handbag shaped objects and wall lights.