Because Stars Always Shine Brighter in the Desert.
In Australia you need four things to be consi- dered a town: a phone box, a letterbox, a cash machine (it used to be a bank office) and a pub. Parachilna is one of the last towns before entering the Australian desert north of Adelaide.
And those four things are all that Parachilna has today. It's on a railway line that used to connect with the old Ghan line that crosses Australia from North (Darwin) to South (Adelaide). The Ghan was an impressive work of the time and even today is an amazing machine powerful enough to run through 3.000 km of desert. The name of the line comes from the Afghan camel drivers that were brought to Australia to help explore the unknown desert for the first time, in the 19th century.
Today no train stops over but the Parachilna old train station remains. The picture above shows two people waiting for a train that never stops. But they don't despair and one day that train, against all the logical odds, stops.
It's a small tribute to faith and passion. And to those who, mighty like the Ghan, pick up passionate passengers like the two folks in the picture.
After many years of successful highs and occasional lows in the lighting sector, we decided to create PARACHILNA.
Dedicated to decorative lighting, PARACHILNA was born from our love of luxury. For us, luxury is about the integrity of the design, the quality of the materials and the artisanal craftsmanship that creates it. Preserving the skills and knowledge of the few remaining metalsmiths, glass blowers, ceramists and other skilled craftsmen in Europe and, hopefully, in the rest of the world.
- Because all deserts can be crossed.
- Because you do not need much to build up a town or your own dreams.
- Because all trains stop even if there is no railway station.
Luxury is taking the time to craft the best product possible, without external pressure. It’s surrounding ourselves with people we love to work with. It’s respecting and honouring years of craftsmanship and enabling it to stay alive.
And most of all, luxury is not taking yourself too seriously, having fun. We don’t work towards a goal, we just enjoy the ride. At Parachilna, we take the observer seat and let designers, materials and craftsmen work their magic.
Our lamps and most of our components are assembled and made by cutting edge technology machines: humans. There’s someone that took out the ceramic from the mold, someone that blew the glass and someone that mounted the lamp and packed it.
All those persons imprint their energy in each fixture. That makes them unique and one of a kind. We believe that humanmade is the best made!