ingo maurer translates ron arad's spyre sculpture as a functional luminaire ingo maurer translates ron arad's spyre sculpture as a functional luminaire
jun 18, 2016

ingo maurer translates ron arad's spyre sculpture as a functional luminaire

ingo maurer translates ron arad’s spyre sculpture as a functional luminaire

 

 

 

ingo maurer has announced the launch of ‘spyre’, a limited edition lamp designed by ron arad. the concept for the luminaire is derived from a larger sculpture, which arad conceived for the annenberg courtyard as part of the royal academy of arts’ summer exhibition 2016. the original ‘spyre’ sculpture is a 16 meter-tall structure, made from weathering steel that conceals its internal mechanisms. each segment moves at different speeds, ensuring that the installation’s unpredictable postures are never repeated. a camera is positioned at the tip of the structure, relaying live footage to a screen on the façade of the royal academy.

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the lamp is made of five segments that can be rotated and adjusted

 

 

 

possessing the same kinetic elements as arad’s original design, ingo maurer’s lamp is made of five segments that can be rotated and adjusted to direct luminance. the light is fitted with LED technology and an integrated on/off sensor. the lamp is produced as a limited edition of 50 pieces, and is now available to purchase at the royal academy shop. ‘spyre’ is also displayed at london’s ben brown fine arts gallery, as part of a new exhibition running from june 22 – september 15, 2016.

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light can be directed at a variety of angles

 

 

 

I am honored to have been approached by my good friend ron arad to translate his iconic design for spyre into a functional object,’ says ingo maurer. ‘indeed it was a challenge figuring out the technical solutions, but we were very inspired by his unique luminaire design. working with ron’s concept, we applied magnetic connections between the five joints to retain movement and versatility in shape’.

ingo maurer spyre ron arad
the limited edition piece is fitted with LED technology

 

 

 

in the process of developing the spyre we made some scale models in the studio using magnets in the joints,’ adds ron arad. ‘we soon realized the concept would make great desk lights. I immediately thought of ingo and knew his expertise and experience with light would be able to realize this vision.’

ingo maurer spyre ron arad
the design is influenced by 16 meter-tall sculpture designed by ron arad

ingo maurer spyre ron arad
the lamp is produced as a limited edition of 50 pieces

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