Mantis BS1 Floor Lamp by Bernard Schottlander
An admirer of Alexander Calder, in 1951 Schottlander created the Mantis series. Movement is intrinsic to all of Schottlander’s work: an artist, an engineer and in no small measure a handyman, he devised a clever system of counterweights combined with a series of strong, and flexible metal bars. The shade also is unique of its kind. Like an acrobat suspended in mid-air, it is made from aluminium using spinning and chasing techniques, but to which he has brought his sculptor’s eye to create a helical movement in which the symmetrical and the asymmetrical are in opposition.
His lights, with their eternal play between balance and imbalance, reveal some of the secrets of what we mean by ‘solid’ and ‘empty’. And like his idol’s mobiles they appear to defy the laws of gravity.
360 degree rotation and 5 positions. Available in satin black or satin black with a grey / green arm and base. Round base also available.
The Mantis collection also includes table, wall and ceiling lights.
Steel and aluminium shade
Base width: 56cm
Cable length: 2m with inline switch
Light source: 1 E14 - ESL 11W
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