Oblago is a table lamp made of five massive aluminium elements. The lamp is inspired by primitive architecture and neo-futurist concept art. Its design is the result of a research on ellipsoid geometries, shapes nearly impossible to achieve by hand, but where contemporary machining techniques have no difficulties.
The columns are made by turning, whereas the body of the lamp is made by the carving of a single block of aluminium to its limits – at the tangent between inner and outer shell, only 1 mm wall thickness remains. To provide stability, the four massive columns are expanding their geometries outside the body's perimeter, allowing a wider ground contact.
The arrangement of the columns and the lamp's proportions are purposely ambiguous. While the ratio between columns and body relates to the timeless architecture of the dolmens, their position refers to the figure of a trotting horse, bringing motion in the composition, and a certain sense of animality. The name Oblago is a homage to the American industrial designer Syd Mead, and his book Oblagon, published in 1996.
Designer & Collection
He is a Switzerland-based, French designer and architect specialising in avant-garde, experimental homeware and household items, specifically lamps, the designs of which redefine and re-examine the boundaries of even the most forward-thinking predecessors. Kadid’s works are indeed art pieces— sculptures in their own right; beautiful objects that exist as examples of accumulated, eclectic lineages of inspiration, that span across an innumerable list of creative offerings from the past century.
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