Cirkel by Daphna Laurens
Dutch studio Daphna Laurens's latest collection of furniture includes this floor lamp that leans against the wall as if it is peeking through to the other side.
The series is based on circular geometry and the designers developed each piece as a two-dimensional drawing.
The cone-shaped shade of this wall lamp is mounted on a semicircular plate and faces either straight up or away from its integrated shelf.
Two of the legs on this coffee table are replaced by a hollow cone that can be used for storage and a series of small wooden objects have round mirrors inlaid in their smooth surfaces.
The collection was designed exclusively for an exhibition at Galerie Gosserez in Paris, which starts on 24 November and continues until 14 January.
Other projects we've published by Daphna Laurens include a series of lamps called Tafelstukken and a Vault for stashing possessions.
Photography is by Mike Roelofs and Daphna Laurens.
Heres a little more information from the designers:
The new pieces designed by Daphna Laurens presented in the collection “Cirkel” have a shared basis, the circle. Two dimensional drawings and ideas took shape during the last months in their workshop by modifying this elemental shape. Composing, cutting and twisting the surface, adding or removing lines, applying materials and colour resulted in the design of the new coffee table and wall lights. At the same time a more philosophical approach is the foundation for the mirrors: Elephant, Owl and Mole. Luigi Pirandello (1904): “Fantasy embellishes the product by encircling it and, as it were, illuminating it from within with those precious images of which it reminds us or to which we feel an instinctive connection.” Leaning lamp against the wall is the floor lamp. This piece leaves no other choice then to put it against the wall. It is a little creature what is looking through your wall to the other side.
The inspiration was basic, basic forms and lines. Bauhaus is of course one of their inspiration sources and especially Laszlo Moholy Nagy was a big inspiration for the wall lights. They wanted to create a lamp that during daytime is an art piece more than a wall light and at night it is a wall light. With this language of form they feel very comfortable. With their designs they try not to tell what the function is, first comes form and the function is second and it may never come. Nevertheless they have a function in mind if they design an object or a product, but they do not want to make the function to visible. For them design is about form not about function.
With their colourful way of working Daphna and Laurens transform everyday objects into characteristic 'products'. They research tradition, material, composition and translate it into colourful contemporary forms. Shaping by hand and intuitively making design choices give their work an authentic appearance. "Being in close contact with the subjects as well as the materials in the workshop makes designing a real joy.”