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Ingo Maurer
Maestro of Light
Alexa Tepe, May 4, 2015
Ingo Maurer_Kokoro, Dagmar Mombach and Team, 1998_Markus Tollhopf
Ingo Maurer_Kokoro, Dagmar Mombach and Team, 1998_Markus Tollhopf
 
Seeming rather restrained, even poetic at times, by contrast, are the lamps he constructs from paper. Schooled as a typographer, Maurer has come to appreciate this material's qualities as a light filter and reflector, turning to it again and again in his works and experimentations since the 1970s. Prominent examples include the table lamp Lampampe (1980) with its shade and base in translucent Japanese paper as well as Zettel'z (1997), a central lighting element encircled with numerous slips of white paper, some with preprinted sayings, others left blank to be scribbled on and positioned as desired. A pleasantly warm glow is yielded by the MaMo Nouchies (1998), a lamp series developed by Maurer (Ma) in collaboration with Dagmar Mombacher (Mo) that is reminiscent of Isamu Noguchi's akari lamps (Nouchie) yet with an aura that is quite its own. Based on a traditional Japanese textile dyeing technique, the sculptural lampshades made from pleated paper are handcrafted in a process involving up to eight production steps.

Ingo Maurer & Dagman Mombach_Wo-Tum-Bu 1,2,3, 1998_Tom Vack
Ingo Maurer & Dagman Mombach_Wo-Tum-Bu 1,2,3, 1998_Tom Vack
 
Ingo Maurer_Tableaux Chinois, 1989_Rafaele Vergas
Ingo Maurer_Tableaux Chinois, 1989_Rafaele Vergas
 
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