Oustanding Dining Room Lighting Design by Ingo Maurer
Ingo Maurer, the “Poet Of Light”, was an industrial designer and a true pioneer in lighting design and light installations. He died at age 87, on October 21 surrounded by family at his home in Munich, where he has produced all his work since 1970.
From the early 1980s on, Maurer worked with a team of younger designers and developers and, besides the lighting design for serial production, Ingo Maurer created and planed light installation for public or private spaces. Ingo Maurer GmbH had two showrooms, in Munich and in New York.
The Floatation suspension lamp was created by Ingo Maurer himself in 1980. This luxury pendant lamp is made up of three shades made of fine Japanese paper. The individual lampshades hang from thin steel wires, that are turned around at the ceiling rose. The lamp has a red led ring iron that functions as a visual contrast to the light paper and as a physical counterweight.
The paper of this modern suspension lamp is intentionally wrinkled as an artistic element. It reacts to fluctuations of atmospheric humidity that changes the tension between the shades. This is not a good lighting design idea for dining rooms with high humidity.
Flying Disc is an extremely light-weight object for indirect lighting design. It is suspended from only three wires, so that means this modern suspension lamp has to be installed with a certain angle, to add dynamics to the dining room space. The thin white disc is lit up by a ring of high-quality LEDs, diffusing the light. All three parts, the disc, the rod and the ring visually merge into an intriguing graphical object.
Presented by Moritz Waldemeyer and Ingo Maurer in 2012, Flying Flames is a new, flexible chandelier system. Both elements are placed freely with a magnet on the canopy board. Flying Flames is designed to permit individual versions of a luxury chandelier, so you can decide the number and their color: place multiple canopy boards in a line to create a long modern chandelier. These lighting designs are made of a circuit board, metal, anodized aluminum and plastic.
The Zettel’z 5 chandelier encourages the incurable romantic to contribute poetic verses. It’s considered an interactive piece for the self-expressive romantic. Paperclips hold 80 sheets of Japanese paper, 31 printed and 49 blank, and display written thoughts of love and desire.
Ingo Maurer had created irreverent and thought-provoking designs in a method that is more exo-modern than contemporary, giving his lighting a name that resounds in the minds of the design-forward.
When Ingo went to Milan once he said: “I found too many designs there slick and design-conscious. Porca Miseria! is partly a kind of revolt against that tendency.” The modern chandelier was first called ‘Zabriskie Point‘ after a film by Antonioni where a castle was blown up in slow motion. “But then the first few Italians came, and — since no one had seen this ever before — said, “Porca miseria!” which is a kind of a cuss: “What bad luck!” So I immediately changed the name to Porca Miseria!.”
Ingo Maurer GmbH produces this chandelier in a limited number (10 a year) and it takes four people almost five days to create this lighting design. They buy the porcelain plates and “First, we smash them: I have one, I drop it, or I take a hammer to it. It looks very much at random — and it is, maybe 50 or 60 percent. The rest is in a way constructed: There’s a bit of calculation of how big I want to have the piece I want to use.”
Designed in 1998, this contemporary suspension lampis the smaller successor of the famous and popular Zettel’z suspension lamp – a unique lighting idea and a deluxe lighting design at the same time. This version carries 40 printed and 40 blank sheets of Japanese DIN A6 paper and the “notes” fastened by clamps make for an interesting play of light and shadow.
Designed by Axel Schmid, the 24 Karat Blau pendant lamp is worth much more than its weight in gold. Attached to plastic panels for structural durability, sheets of gold foil have been beaten to such a minute thickness that the bulb’s short-wave blue light is allowed to pass through while reflecting back yellow-gold light. Each panel has four holes that allow it to be hung from the frame in various angles and positions.
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