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Ingo Maurer Uchiwa Fan Ceiling Lamp in Lacquered Rice-Paper and Bamboo, 1970's

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Splendid version of the rare Uchiwa Fan lamp by Ingo Maurer. We have seen many Ingo Maurer lamps but this one is stunning. It has such an amazing patina due to its age, only reachable by keeping this in a dark spot all those years, without any sunlight. The leaves are still in a sublime condition: dark / warm orange / brown, creating a mysterious, organic and translucent atmosphere. The lamp consist out of 19 leaves that partly overlap, showing a fascinating play of lights, shadows and transparent shapes and forms. All made by nature! The lamp is bi-morph which means you can use it in two different ways. One is as a ball, with the upper leaves hanging over the lower leaves, or second option: you can choose to let the leaves hang down straight. We have pictured both configurations so you can decide for your self how you like it best. About Ingo Maurer: Maurer was born in Reichenau Island, Lake Constance, Germany and was the son of a fisherman and grew up there with four siblings. After an apprenticeship as typesetter, he studied graphic design in Munich. In 1960 Maurer left Germany for the U.S., where he worked in New York and San Francisco as a freelance graphic designer, including for IBM. In 1963, he moved back to Germany, founding Design M, a company developing and manufacturing lamps after his own designs. The company was later renamed to "Ingo Maurer GmbH". One of his first designs, the Bulb (1969), was included in the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in 1969. Other work of Maurer was the YaYaHo installations for the exhibition "Lumières je pense à vous" ("Lights I think of you") at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Villa Medici in Rome, and the Institut Francais d'Architecture in Paris. For Issey Miyake he realised an installation for a fashion show in Paris (1999) He also designed the Lighting at the U-Bahn station Westfriedhof in Munich.

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Ingo Maurer

German designer Ingo Maurer (1932–2019) was known as a “poet of light” for how he artfully created lamps that married form and function, from bulbs that soared on goose-feather wings to chandeliers that suspended bursts of shattered tableware like a slow-motion explosion. One of his first lamps, a 1966 design that was merely called Bulb, nested a lightbulb inside a larger glass lightbulb shape, drawing on his connection to German art traditions of reductive forms as well as Pop art and the playful aesthetics of 1960s pop culture. The success of Bulb — its fans included American design icon Charles Eames — led to the founding of his own company to produce this provocative fixture as well as other fantastic lighting designs.Born on the island of Reichenau in Lake Constance in southern Germany, Maurer apprenticed at a newspaper before moving to the United States in 1960. In New York and California, Maurer initially worked as a graphic designer for IBM and elsewhere before returning to Germany with his then-wife, designer Dorothee Becker, in 1963. The experience that Maurer gained in typography and bold forms was regularly expressed in the lamps crafted by his company, which was called Design M before the name was changed to Ingo Maurer GmbH. The lighting manufacturer is still based in Munich.Some of Maurer’s pieces were minimal, such as a ceramic table lamp in 1996 he called Broken Egg, which radiated light from a fissure in an oblong shape, while others were monumental, such as the designer’s last completed installation — a colossal chandelier composed of over 3,000 silver-plated leaves — in Munich’s Residenztheater. Maurer was always at the forefront of lighting innovations, exploring holograms, LEDs and OLEDs in his projects. Through his company, the venturesome Maurer also promoted inventive new designers, including Moritz Waldemeyer, whose My New Flame (2012) imagined a futuristic candle with LEDs.Ingo Maurer GmbH continues to produce the late designer’s distinctive table lamps, chandeliers and other fixtures, including the imaginative Bulb that started it all.Find a collection of Ingo Maurer lighting designs on 1stDibs.
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