This Duo Are Turning Conventional Lighting Objects Into Contemporary Design Pieces

Design duo Lapo Germasi and Victor Pukhov have unveiled an innovative lighting product that can adapt to its surroundings. Produced by Italian-based design firm MID, the Fauna Lamp can be modelled as desired thanks to its inner copper wire, becoming part of a home’s ecosystem.

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MID was set up in 2014, with the designers working from their studio in the northern Italian town of Ivrea (where leading technology design firm Olivetti is also based). Focusing on research and context to inspire its innovative lighting products, the Fauna Lamp is the latest in its range exploring the use of unfamiliar objects in ‘human-dwelling environments’.

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Likening the product to a live animal, with “bones of copper and skin of wire”, the portable lamp can be moulded to hang from a ledge or rest in a corner to become a domestic design centrepiece for interior spaces.

“When we talk about fauna in a domestic sense, we mean the grouping of multiple species having a functional or decorative role. The Fauna Lamp is a game of harmony and tension between the improbability of a cable and the plasticity of crystallized silhouettes,” the designers share.

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Light direction isn’t the only aspect that can be adjusted. The lampshade can also be changed to create a variety of aesthetic and functional solutions – from a table lamp to a floor light; placed on the wall or hung from the ceiling. But what were the seeds of inspiration behind this flourishing fauna? We get in touch to find out.

The Plus: It’s called fauna: what do you hope this lamp will bring to domestic habitats?
Lapo Germasi:
We hope that Fauna lamp could make the domestic habitat a more playful and creative place. The interactive nature of the lamp could help to develop a symbiotic relationship with the owner and the surrounding environment.

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TP: What made you realize there was a hole in the market for a flexible lamp?
LG:
We think that, in an inflated market such as this one, the most important thing is the story that comes with the products. For this reason the flexibility isa really important tool that allow us to project the piece on the user rather than on ourselves.

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TP: What are the challenges in designing a piece of furnishing like this?
LG:
The challenge is to keep the piece as simple as possible, but at the same time it needs to be bold enough to tell the story you aim to communicate. It’s a balancing act.

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TP: How long does it take to produce one lamp?
LG:
The lamp itself its quite simple, but it takes several hours to manufacture it. All the components are custom made, and there are also several 3D printed elements. These are of course all things that play a part in the making of the lamp.

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TP: Which parts use 3D printing?
LG:
We use 3D printed parts for all the connections between the inner copper and the socket/switch. For us, this is the easiest and most convenient way to produce the components by ourselves. The 3D print allow us also to produce just what we need, avoiding wastage.

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TP: So what other materials did you use, and why? How much can we expect to see Fauna selling for?
LG:
Fauna it’s made out of copper and cord – they are both durable and warm materials. They are also easy to manipulate in order to obtain the desired shape. Fauna comes in two length: 200cm and 400cm. It’s price range from 170 € to 250 €.

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TP: What are you working on now? Will we see more flexible furniture coming out?
LG:
Right now we are working on a variety of projects, ranging from public spaces to a collection of sofas that uses magnets rather than buttons. You will definitely see something really soon!

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