Playful, Interactive – Crane lamp

| 10.15 – 10 July 2017 |

For a designer, inspiration can come from all shape, sizes and even crane bird !

The playful and interactive ‘Crane lamp’ is one such example of inspiration brought to life in form of a furniture product. Designed by Matt Gilbert, owner of London-based design studio ‘Animaro’, this lamp is inspired by the neck of a crane extending to catch its prey.

Matt felt that in era of digital world, automation and high interface technology, simple mechanical devices have become a past thing. Hence he created the Crane lamp as part of first range product line to display and rejoice mechanical movements.

Spring at the base

The crane lamp, a fine example of product design is made of brass pins interconnected by 26 hardwood segments. These pins help the segments to rotate, contract and expand with ease. There are more wooden segments at base than at the top which acts as a support like a buttress in a church.

This space saving lamp comes in 2 variants – a table top or floor mount lamp. Both variants are versatile enough to fit well in small spaces in-between furniture.

Table and Floor mounted variants

Spring connected to the elements at the base makes the lamp lightweight. Its strength counteracts with the weight of the lamp. The additional steel plates at the base provide the required stability to the lamp.

Composition of Lamp

As far as the assembly is concerned, the wooden parts are assembled in a workshop in London where they are cut, sanded and oiled. The brass parts made from solid brass are sourced from a factory in UK. For the electrical parts, the cables are sourced from Italy.

Handmade assembly

To facilitate easy movement of lamp segments, a cable is woven into joints held together by the brass parts. Each lamp is carefully hand assembled in a workshop before the product is shipped out. The design process involved a lot of sketching, prototyping, experiments and rigorous tests before the final product came out. Matt held exhibitions in London and Milan to gather important feedback.

The designer has surely captured the crane neck mechanism in a creative form of lamp.


Matt Gilbert and his products

This visually expressive ‘Crane Lamp’ has been recently launched on Kickstarter.

All image credits – Matt Gilbert