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SCHUSTERLAMPE/EDIT
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Maker:
Material:
Adriaan de Groot
Figer Metall and Strolz Leuchten
Glass, water, steel, LED
DESIGNER:
Adriaan de Groot

MAKER:
Figer Metall and Strolz Leuchten

MATERIAL:
Glass, water, steel, LED
Adriaan de Groot first encountered the “Schusterlampe” (shoemaker’s lamp), an antique invention for amplifying candle light using a clear glass bowl of water as its central element, during a visit to the Heimatmuseum Bezau. He then began experimenting with ways to revive the concept of the historic lamp.
In de Groot’s design the central glass water bowl functions as a light diffuser — one that is intriguing to gaze through and look into — enlarging and distorting images of the other side that appear through the globe. He has achieved a chandelier lighting effect by using indirect illumination, a projection from a light source below the clear sphere, onto the ceiling.
The minimal geometric shape of the structure and the bluing passivated steel frame contrast the inspirational archetype of Schusterlampe. The design aims to highlight the material frequently used by the artisan blacksmith, Peter Figer and Anna Claudia Strolz. The balanced shape of the frame is achieved by having it pre–tensioned, so that the weight of the water bowl will induce a perfect bending of the frame. As the water bowl is kept untouched, in contrast to the original Schusterlampe, de Groot has added other elements that replace the bowl’s function of manual adjustability through smooth mechanical design.