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Lampe Mantis | Bernard Schottlander

As admirer of Alexander Calder, in 1951 Schottlander created the Mantis series of lamps. Movement is intrinsic to all of Schottlander’s work: an artist, an engineer and in no small measure a handyman, he devised a clever system of counterweights combined with a series of strong, and flexible metal bars. The shade also is unique of its kind. Like an acrobat suspended in mid-air, it is made from aluminium using spinning and chasing techniques that are a part of the metalworker’s inventory of skills, but to which he has brought his sculptor’s eye to create a helical movement in which the symmetrical and the asymmetrical are in opposition. His lights, with their eternal play between balance and imbalance, reveal some of the secrets of what we mean by ‘solid’ and ‘empty’. And like his idol’s mobiles they appear to defy the laws of gravity. 

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Woodpecker | Schneid

Woodpecker merges tradition and innovation in a clear and reduced form, appearing as a simple line which extends into the room. The light can be positioned in every direction and is hand built by local craftsmen using sustainable materials wherever possible. It integrates long lasting and dimmable LED technology which provides warm direct light for your home or work space. Woodpecker’s combination of materials, using natural wood and steel, conveys timeless comfort. 

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1500 | Gerdesmeyer + Krohn

A minimal tableware collection created by Cologne, Germany, designed by Gerdesmeyer & Krohn. Their core work is to create new products and interiors. Based on previous monitoring and analyzing of the current situation they are recognizing problems or potential for optimization to generate unique solutions. The tableware is characterized by clear and simple forms, differing from the wide spread romantic and classic design. 1500 generates outstanding aesthetics through its graphical design language and harmonious colors – a new interpretation of tableware.

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