Ingo Maurer Uchiwa Fan Ceiling Lamp in Lacquered Rice-Paper and Bamboo, 1970’s
Splendid version of the rare Uchiwa Fan lamp by Ingo Maurer. We have seen many Ingo Maurer lamps but this one is stunning. It has such an amazing patina due to its age, only reachable by keeping this in a dark spot all those years, without any sunlight. The leaves are still in a sublime condition: dark / warm orange / brown, creating a mysterious, organic and translucent atmosphere. The lamp consist out of 19 leaves that partly overlap, showing a fascinating play of lights, shadows and transparent shapes and forms. All made by nature!
The lamp is bi-morph which means you can use it in two different ways. One is as a ball, with the upper leaves hanging over the lower leaves, or second option: you can choose to let the leaves hang down straight. We have pictured both configurations so you can decide for your self how you like it best.
About Ingo Maurer:
Maurer was born in Reichenau Island, Lake Constance, Germany and was the son of a fisherman and grew up there with four siblings. After an apprenticeship as typesetter, he studied graphic design in Munich. In 1960 Maurer left Germany for the U.S., where he worked in New York and San Francisco as a freelance graphic designer, including for IBM. In 1963, he moved back to Germany, founding Design M, a company developing and manufacturing lamps after his own designs. The company was later renamed to “Ingo Maurer GmbH”. One of his first designs, the Bulb (1969), was included in the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in 1969.
Other work of Maurer was the YaYaHo installations for the exhibition “Lumières je pense à vous” (“Lights I think of you”) at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Villa Medici in Rome, and the Institut Francais d’Architecture in Paris. For Issey Miyake he realised an installation for a fashion show in Paris (1999)
He also designed the Lighting at the U-Bahn station Westfriedhof in Munich.