Ingo Maurer has been designing unusual lamps and lighting systems since the mid-1960s. His works adorn public and private spaces all over the world. Many of his lamps have gained cult status.
Delicate butterflies swarming around a light bulb, a roof of small orange Campari bottles as a lamp shade, a tomato soup can as pendant lamp. Ingo Maurer’s lamps “I Ricchi Poveri”, “Campari Light” and Canned Light“ have long since become cult objects and are used to illuminate cosy bars and restaurant counters around the world, among other things. Works such as these or his filigree lamp design “Zettel’z” have been copied hundred times over. Even one of his first designs from 1966, “Bulb”, has been taken up into the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Ingo Maurer, son of a fisherman from Lake Constance, creates, manufactures and distributes his works within the context of his own company. His declared goal “to contribute to the light and shine of this magical metropolis” led him to New York at the turn of the millennium, where the graphic designer had worked in the early 1960s. His showroom in SoHo, Corner Greene/Grand Street, which has an exhibition space of around 250 square metres, has become a magnet for lamp lovers.
Yet Maurer has always remained loyal to his adopted city of Munich. Since the 1970s, the honorary doctor and his creative team of more than 60 designers have worked in a backyard in the Schwabing district of Munich. Due to a lack of space, production and shipping was relocated to new premises on the outskirts of the city.
Anyone interested in light and design will find all of Maurer’s works exhibited at his 700 square metre showroom “studioshowroomwerkstattatelier+Shop” in Munich. Hundreds of products, prototypes and individual pieces can be admired and purchased in this converted industrial hall, which offers space for contemplation as well as insight into the design and production process. Or, in the words of the master: “Design without the human element bores me to tears. What is important for me is lightness – and evanescence. An object should not be a monument for eternity. We are successful if we evoke a feeling in humans.” Spot on!
More information: GG Magazine
Text: Angelika Brinkmann