The young Mexican industrial designer Christian Vivanco has created this ‘tiny’ pine-and-plastic (thermoformed mma) table lamp. The compact geometric design accentuates the contrasting qualities of the two materials and stems from Vivanco’s interest in ‘the possible relationship between a visibly heavy object and something ephemeral and inert as light’.
From the designer:
‘Beam is a small (actually tiny) table lamp, comprising a solid block of pine wood and a thermoformed mma sheet.
‘Beam’s main objective is not only to illuminate a space, but framing the intrinsic value of the selected materials. To achieve this, the lamp should be as close as possible to the person using it. Rounding the edges closest to the user’s hand provide not only direct contact with the wood, but also allows greater mobility of the lamp. The use of intentionally disproportionate screws, add a touch of expression to the lamp’s serene personality.’
‘This project came along accidentally after having constant contact with a series of lumberyards in town. There I got the chance to realize how beautiful wood can be against an urban background, planks and beams stacked one above the other, some of them rough and other refined.
‘Then it struck me, how interesting it could be to give proper respect to the material and its basic physical qualities; weight, texture, appearance, etc.
‘From the beginning I intended to apply these features on an object and a context rather foreign: I was intrigued by the possible relationship between a visibly heavy object and something ephemeral and inert as light. How could it work? The interaction was resolved by itself, using the essential intermediaries; just a bulb and a screen, both fitting perfectly into a pre-defined grid. Nothing else.’