the fall of the damned


'the fall of the damned' lampshade -limited edition of 40 pieces

this lampshade appears as a hovering mass of ornaments, opulent and bombastic. when viewed more closely it dissolves into single bodies, which are twisted in fear and seem to be frozen in mid-fall. their rhythmic order becomes slightly perplexing and finally renders the bodies an ornament. softly, the fleshy parts of the bodies, legs and stomachs reflect the light. because of the shadows the bodies cast on themselves, only parts of them appear in the foreground. only fragments of the lit interior of the lamp are distinguishable. the aspects of the lit core change dramatically whenever the observer changes his position. these movements of the observer transform the stiff bodies into dynamic objects. the association with the fall of the damned - a metaphor for guilt and punishment - gives the lamp a certain amount of ambivalence: is it a moralistic message, an act of formalism or both? the design of this lamp undermines several taboos imposed on design in the 20th century: it is figurative, ornamental and narrative.

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