The gourd is the annual tropical vine originating from Africa and Asia. Its dried, lignified fruits are used for various, both decorative and practical purposes. As it is created by nature, each one is one of a kind.
The structure of dried gourd is more homogeneous than the structure of the standard wood; it does not contain growth rings, fibers or knots. It gives enormous processing possibilities.When light passes through the thin layer of the gourd’s wood, it becomes red/orange.
I create lamps using gourds from Senegal, Guinea, and Mali because of their finest quality and shapes.
ONE OF A KIND
Piece of art
In the ages of mass production, I create its opposite.
Calabarte lamps are for people who value passion, unique craftsmanship and want the best in life.
The quality, beauty and uniqueness of every single lamp are my priorities.
The rule of a thumb is that I never repeat the designs so each owner can be sure that no one else in the world will own a similar Calabarte lamp.
Every Calabarte lamp is created solely by me – Przemek Krawczynski.
Drawing patterns with mathematical precision, carving in darkness with high-speed air turbine and dental bits, hand sanding a surface that is less than 1mm thick and drilling up to 30,000 holes – these are some of the steps in this complex process.
Currently, creating one lamp usually takes up to 4-6 months of work.
Beauty & Harmony
Artistic inclination and skills combined with a scientific mind result in a passion for geometry, order, and harmony in Calabarte designs.
Among other things, complex, intricate and often fractal-like patterns are one of the most distinctive and eye-catching features of Calabarte lamps.
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” − Ralph Waldo Emerson
Although over the years I have taken this craft to a level not existing before, I want to evolve as an artist and constantly push the limits.
This constant progress of Calabarte lamps resulted in growing interest and appreciation by people from all over the world. Many of them clearly see that Calabarte lamp is not only a beautiful decorative art piece but also an investment and precious collectible.
THE ART OF
By day Calabarte lamp is a unique sculpture. At night it comes alive by the light seeping through intricately carved wood and passing through thousands of holes.
Ornamental shadows fill the space, casting the patterns on the walls and creating a dreamlike, romantic atmosphere in the bedroom as well as calm and peaceful mood in the home office or living room.
Homo Faber Guide
Calabarte is also a member of the Homo Faber Guide – a signature project developed by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, an international non-profit organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Cirvinea floor lamp was a part of the Homo Faber Event 2022 – an international cultural exhibition taking place in Venice.
FROM CHINA TO USA
Apart of many Internet publications, Calabarte lamps were also presented in the printed magazines from countries such as the USA, Morocco, Israel, China, Malaysia or Jordan.