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Walnut Wood Meets Bronze In A Unique Lamp

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Esrawe Studio was established by industrial designer Héctor Esrawe to create interiors and furniture for houses and commercial spaces. Nowadays they have turned into a cross-disciplinary design office located in Mexico City.

“The piece acts as a big switch that turns on an off the light in an analogical way, which creates a magical border, an homage to light generated with unexpected actions and materials.”By deconstructing the characteristics of walnut wood and bronze, the designers were eager to find the perfect match between substance and style, resulting in four lamps. The minimalist shape reflects the simple movement required to turn the light on. While the four lamps differ from each other in the way they are controlled, all lights follow the same principle. “The piece acts as a big switch that turns on and off the light in an analogical way, which creates a magical border, an homage to light generated with unexpected actions and materials”, explain the designers. The lamp was produced in four variations. Vari 1 features a perpendicular piece of wood connected to a bronze cylinder. Moving it back and forth regulates the brightness of the lamp. The Vari 2 light also features a balancing element, and is turned on by adjusting the angle of wood. Vari 3 requires the owner to glide a piece of metal along a wavy surface to put the lamp to action. Finally, Vari 4 consists of a wood unit which can be slid above a plate of brass, and is powered by its response to pressure.

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All images courtesy of Esrawe