Esrawe Studio's Vari lights are turned on with moving brass pieces

| 3 comments

Mexican design studio Esrawe has created a collection of brass and wood lights that are controlled by sliding or pivoting elements (+ slideshow).

Vari lights by Esrawe Studio
Esrawe Studio's Vari collection features four brass and wood lights

The range is part of the studio's Prima Materia collection – first launched at the Zona Maco Art Fair in Mexico City last month – which also includes side tables, trays and other homeware.

Vari lights by Esrawe Studio
The Vari 1 light features a large piece of walnut resting on a cylindrical bronze base

The collection of Vari lights is made from panels of walnut wood and metal elements. Each lamp relies on a different mechanism to be turned on or off.

Vari lights by Esrawe Studio
Like the other lights in the collection, Vari 2 is made from a piece of walnut wood and circular metal element

Vari 1 features a perpendicular piece of wood, that rests like the dial of a metronome on a cylindrical bronze base. Shifting it back and forth controls the brightness of the lamp.

Vari lights by Esrawe Studio
The Vari 2 light is turned on by adjusting the angle of a piece of wood resting on a brass wheel

"The commercially acquired bronze cylinder became the visual and structural backbone of the ambient light lamp, which is turned on manually and gradually," said the studio.



Esrawe Studio previously designed a brass table with individual compartments that could be rearranged to suit the owner.

Vari lights by Esrawe Studio
The Vari 3 requires the owner to slide a dial along a rippled surface to power the lamp

"The piece acts as a big switch that turns 'on and off' the light in an analogical way, which creates a magical border, an homage to light generated with unexpected actions and materials," the studio added.

Vari lights by Esrawe Studio
The small metal dial becomes the on and off switch of the Vari 3 light

The Vari 2 light has a similar balancing element, and is turned on by adjusting the angle of a piece of wood resting on a brass wheel, while Vari 3 requires the owner to slide a dial along a rippled surface to power the lamp.

Vari lights by Esrawe Studio
A section of wood appears to float above a bent panel of brass to create the Vari 4 light

Vari 4 features similar elements to the other lights – with a section of wood appearing to float above a bent panel of brass – and turns on in response to pressure.

Vari lights by Esrawe Studio
The Vari 4 light turns on in response to pressure

Esrawe Studio was set up by industrial designer Héctor Esrawe to develop furniture and interiors for bars, restaurants, hotels, offices, houses and commercial spaces.

Berlin studio Yuue Design incorporated similar sliding elements into its Balancer lamp, which could be pivoted to adjust the light source.

  • magnitogorsk

    Beautiful, functional and simple. Top-notch work. However, the table lamp looks like it’s getting turned on when you turn it on, if you catch my meaning.

  • AmmaarahF

    I really like this.

  • A very interesting concept.