Sculptural Lamp Designs of Great Aesthetic Value by John Procario
Designer John Procario creates striking lighting objects by bending strips of ash or white oak to the point of breaking. This results into creative irregular shapes that seem to pay more tribute to art than practicability: “The idea for the lamps began by thinking of wood as a metaphor for the body. Wood will bend comfortably to a point, then break; just like a bone or muscle, wood has its limit“, explained the designer.
Due to the “limits” in every material he employs, no two lamps are the same. The method used to create the final versions is steam bending, a process where thin strips of wood are placed into a steam box, making their fibers pliable. Then it is up to the designer to manipulate the strips and laminate them together to form a rigid object. A LED strip is further glued to the product and added Plexiglas to diffuse some of the light.