Gifu by María del Pilar Velasco and Pau Stephens

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Gifu by by María del Pilar Velasco and Pau Stephens

Milan 2012: these table lamps styled like long-necked animals by Pilar Velasco and Pau Stephens are on show as part of Salone Satellite at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan this week.

Gifu by by María del Pilar Velasco and Pau Stephens

Called Gifu, the lamps comprise wooden batons joined with wing nuts so they can be collapsed and the legs can be moved into different poses.

Gifu by by María del Pilar Velasco and Pau Stephens

A naked bulb hangs from a flex that's threaded though each 'neck'.

Gifu by by María del Pilar Velasco and Pau Stephens

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile takes place from 17 to 22 April. See all our stories about Milan 2012 here.

Here are some more details from Velasco and Stephens:


The family of lamps GIFU, designed by María del Pilar Velasco and Pau Stephens, shown at the Milan Furniture Fair 2012.

The lamps are made of wood and inspired by the fauna from the Savannah.Their designers ,who work in Madrid, will be presenting them at the stand of IED at Salone Satellite.

About GIFU

Like a family in which a mother cares for her children, family GIFU is integrated by several lamps of different sizes, the users can create their own clan.Each lamp is made of 5 pieces of beech wood of two sizes, forming the four legs and long neck. GIFU is an articulated lamp, that allows it to be placed in different positions and be foldable.

About the designers

The designers Maria del Pilar Velasco (Ecuador) and Pau Stephens (Mexico) meet each other in the mayor of product design at IED Madrid, which becomes the nexus between these two points of view of the design. Together they made a number of projects in which the Selfproduction and traditional crafts become extremely important.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    One false move and *CRASH!* the bulb will break if the lamp topples.

    • Chris

      People with the swagger to buy these don't make false moves.

      • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

        And they don't live in seismic areas either, I reckon ;)

  • Sensible

    Looks more like popsicle sticks than animals.

  • Steve

    Not only is this first year undergraduate stuff, but I can’t think of a single principle of good lighting to which it responds. A superficial simile to toy animals doesn’t make it good design worthy of publication.

  • ggc

    I think the design is beautiful, simplist and innovative

    • Steve

      You do realize that 'simplistic' means:

      1. characterized by extreme simplicity; naive
      2. oversimplifying complex problems; making unrealistically simple judgments or analyses.

      If you mean 'simple', hey, you are entitled to your opinion of when that quality is a key part of good design. In principle, I wouldn't disagree with you……elegance is even a respectable term in western scientific thought, much the less in the design world. And simple application of renewable materials, in a direct way, easy to disassemble, is also an admirable quality.

      But I happen to think that, as a functional source of lighting, this collection is indeed simplistic.

  • Jambo Crorkin

    For me, this represents the absolute pinnacle in design excellence. Its purity and reference to wildlife is subtle whilst inspiring. My own design work attempts to incorporate mammalian forms and sexuality but this is on quite a different level.

    This will certainly be on my Christmas list!

  • peter
  • Imaginarium

    This design definitely made me think of animals parading to enlighten my reading nights! So many objects can go CRASH if they topple… Simple, yet creative!

  • irene

    I think this design is so creative…..I like it a lot! keep it up!

  • nils

    for me this has been designed about 20 times already last year

  • Frederik

    Figurative, unfunctional and lazy design. Delete the blue cable and there's nothing more fun about it.