trophy lamps by patrick rampelotto at design week turkey
trophy lamps by patrick rampelotto at design week turkey
nov 01, 2016

trophy lamps by patrick rampelotto at design week turkey


visiting design week turkey, we spotted austrian designer patrick rampelotto’s collection of ‘trophy lamps’. exhibited at the lütfi kırdar international convention and exhibition center, this project was part of the first edition of turkey design week, in conjunction with the tenth edition of istanbul design week — under the theme ‘connections’. 


the trophy lamps developed by patrick rampelotto consist of an unusual craft of metallic and plastic pieces, purchased in flea markets or from private collections. those peculiar creations reflect the essence of the designer’s ‘cultural piracy practice’. once dismantled and reassembled, the lamps gain a greater level of abstraction — moving further away from their original use. in other words, they become unrecognizable items. therefore, just like trophies, they ‘symbolize an outstanding achievement’.

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club argonaut collection 2016 — trophy lamps / orpheus



patrick rampelotto’s lamps evoke an explosion of colors and shapes — presenting striking sculptural and symbolic qualities. as emotionally charged as trophies may be, their production lacks individuality. they are in fact mass-produced and put together through standardized means, but the inscriptions carved into them makes each one unique. the fact that trophies can be dismantled has been the initial motivation.

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patrick rampelotto at design week turkey trophy lamps designboom

 patrick rampelotto at design week turkey trophy lamps designboom

trophy lamps by patrick rampelotto at lütfi kırdar international convention and exhibition center
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istanbul is a huge metropolis that connects europe and asia, the black sea with the sea of marmara, and different cultures. with its first edition, design week turkey asserts itself as a meeting-point where designers and industries can connect.


istanbul design week returned for its tenth edition with a new theme entitled ‘connections’. from october 18th to 23rd 2016, more than 60 international designers, design studios, brands and institutions came together right in the city centre — taksim square. the programme also hosted exhibitions featuring the latest work of promising turkish designers, graffiti artist’s themed installations in taksim square, as well as off-site events and kiosks where visitors could explore the city’s creative scene. this year was also a first for local design, as turkish ministry of economy and turkish exporters assembly (TIM) inaugurates design week turkey. taking place in the lütfi kırdar ICEC, the first edition of the event brought together the industry and designers, featuring the fifth design turkey awards recognizing excellence in turkish product design in 13 categories, along with a full programme of design talks and exhibitions from around the world.

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