Bamboo, rice paper and black lacquered metal suspension.
The Uchiwa III which is part of the Uchiwa series, is one of the most iconic designs created by Ingo Maurer for Design M in the early 70's.
An uchiwa is a traditional Japanese fan, originally made from large leaves and animal hair and over time from bamboo and rice paper. These beautifully crafted objects were perfect gifts or souvenirs during the hot seasons and therefore often carefully decorated.
In the 70's Maurer, intrigued by Japanese culture and its materials, manufactured his Uchiwa-series in an authentic way, namely from a single bamboo stem that is split at the top into hundreds of branches and covered with rice paper. This authenticity, coming from thorough research, demonstrates Maurer's devotion to his subject and love for craftsmanship.
This beautifully hand made design sheds a warm light and provides its surroundings with an oriental touch.
Read more about Ingo Maurer
“I can not see any borderline between art and design.”
- Ingo Maurer
Ingo Maurer (born in Germany in 1932) is one of the most important lighting designers still active today. In the early 1960s he worked as a freelance designer in New York and San Francisco, where he became fascinated by Pop Art. Since then, art has had a lasting and significant influence on his work. Maurer's very first design, the Bulb table light from 1966 (which pays tribute to Thomas Edison), owes its outsized shape to the influence of American Pop artist Claes Oldenburg. The Bulb was created in the same year he founded Design M studio in Munich, which grew into lighting manufacturer Ingo Maurer GmbH in 1973.
Maurer's designs are characterized by a striking, bold and often explosive visual style. His forms and the various materials he uses, express a very tactile fascination, a love for kitsch and an almost naive wonderment.
In 2011 Ingo Maurer was awarded with the Compasso d‘Oro for a lifetime achievement.