Origo wall and Origo floor lights by Studio davidpompa

Davidpompa shows Origo lights in shipping container for Mexico City design week

Mexico City design studio Davidpompa has added a slender floor lamp and a small table lamp to its Origo collection made from volcanic rock, which it showed in a shipper container.

Davidpompa launched the two additions at this year's Design Week Mexico as part of a two-day festival called Diseño Contenido, or Design Content.

Origo wall and Origo floor lights by Studio davidpompa

The pop-up event took place from 5 to 6 October in the garden of Parque Lincoln in the city's Polanco neighbourhood, with many local designers showcasing their work in a series of shipping containers.

"The industrial container became the scenario to present Origo's contemporary forms and warm character," the studio led by designer David Pompa said.

Origo wall and Origo floor lights by Studio davidpompa

Davidpompa launched the Origo collection earlier this year at the Euroluce fair in Milan with a pendant and a wall version of the light.

All of the light fixtures in the collection – including the new floor and table lamp – feature the same, dual composition with two sphered volumes of equal sizes.

One part is the light, while the other is a sphere made from a porous volcanic stone. Called recinto, the dark rock forms when lava solidifies.

"This strong and resistant rock has been present in Mexico for many years, and used by several Mesoamerican cultures mainly for sculptures, kitchen utensils and architecture," the studio said.

"Deeply rooted in Mexican culture, recinto represents historical richness," it continued.

Origo wall and Origo floor lights by Studio davidpompa

The floor lamp is supported by a rod of coated aluminium, while the table version comprises a halved volume of the grey rock.

"Mixing an opal glass sphere and volcanic rock, these two new versions: Origo floor and Origo table give the collection a new perspective," said the studio.

Davidpompa covered the floor of its shipping container with grey chunks of volcanic rock stones to provide a connection to the fixtures.

Origo wall and Origo floor lights by Studio davidpompa

The light fixtures filled the shipping container, with some placed on walls and others hanging overhead. Corrugated walls were painted white, to reflect the light from the fixtures.

A black wall completed the narrow volume of the container, as well as white tables and circular white bases amongst the gravel. A large grey rock was positioned on the ground, close to the entrance.

Origo wall and Origo floor lights by Studio davidpompa

Founded in 2013, Studio Davidpompa has a showroom and studio in Milan's La Roma Norte neighbourhood, as well as an outpost in Austria.

The studio is led by Austrian-Mexican designer David Pompa, who studied at Kingston Univesity in London. The designer started working with Mexican materials, particularly black clay in 2009, and launched his first collection in 2013.

Examples of his other works are a set of lights made with pink volcanic rock and copper and slender fixtures with volcanic stone and a glossy black finish.

Photography is by Studio Davidpompa.

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Origo wall and Origo floor lights by Studio davidpompa
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Origo wall and Origo floor lights by Studio davidpompa
Origo wall and Origo floor lights by Studio davidpompa
Origo wall and Origo floor lights by Studio davidpompa
Origo wall and Origo floor lights by Studio davidpompa