The idea of this lamp stems from when I was employed cladding facades on constructions sites. I was fascinated by the core left by masons after drilling through concrete slabs and started collecting them. Beyond the aesthetic aspect of their terrazzo like pattern, the exposed gravel and the irregularity of the curved surface gives a glimpse of the hardness of the material. The physical reality of this common construction material thus revealed is to me like a magician showing his tricks.
I then decided to use this aesthetic on a design object. This lamp was also a small scale test of pouring and grinding concrete. Using two PVC pipes of different diameters as a mold appeared to be the simplest solution (releasing the piece from its form the mold was surprisingly tricky though). The materials I selected are all retrieved from different places; the black marble from a funeral stone factory, copper left over on constructions sites and brass from old curtain rods.
To bring light from the bottom of the object, I decided to raise the concrete cylinder on a wooden pedestal. In addition to practical benefit, this choice was also aesthetic. The wooden base brings a geometrical aspect and gives the piece a finished look. Furthermore the foot lets the two materials embrace each other which gives unity to the piece. In conclusion, this item is a decorative piece which comes to life once illuminated.
Design & construction / 2019
168 rue Georges Maeder, 38170 Seyssinet, France
Credits: Nicolas Pabion