In our next exclusive movie for Moooi, designer and artist Joep Van Lieshout explains how his Rotterdam-based studio came up with the branching form of its new Statistocrat lamp for the Dutch brand.
Launched at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan last year, Atelier Van Lieshout's Statistocrat lamp features a series of cylindrical shades, which branch off from a central metal pole.
Van Lieshout reveals in the movie that the lamp's distinctive form is derived from his studio's ongoing Slave City project, which consists of a series of artworks and installations based around an imaginary self-sustaining, zero-carbon prison city.
"The origin of this lamp comes from a very obscure project called Slave City," he explains. "It is is a large-scale installation where I designed a whole city for slaves."
As part of the project, Atelier Van Lieshout designed a number of diagrammatic structures featuring different volumes that represent different statistics.
"It's a comment on the world that we're living in, that many process and many decisions are made because of calculations and statistics," Van Lieshout says.
"Out of this, I came up with the lamp, which is basically a kind of diagram. It is a composition of volumes and masses."
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