Cirvinea

FLOOR LAMP V
Cirvinea

Cirvinea is exactly the 50th lamp I have made since my passion has began in 2009.

I started working on it in 2017. During these 5 years a lot has happened in my life. I had many short and long breaks and I created three other table lamps and started to make jewelry in the meantime.

Cirvinea was patiently waiting for its turn and in February 2022 it was finally completed.

The Process

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SPIRALS AND CIRCLES

Drawing a perfect spiral on a gourd is not an easy task to begin with, so when it comes to drawing logarithmic spirals like I do in my projects, I need very accurate calculations. People who use spreadsheets usually love or hate them. I am definitely in the first group.

Spiral itself wasn’t so difficult but placing the circles on it of which the diameter grows in a geometric progression was really challenging.

My other lamps with spiral-based patterns are
Escher’s Leaves, Nepenthis, Leaferis

PERFORATED PATTERN

The next stage was designing the holes pattern and marking every single one’s place. There is nearly 18k holes in this lamp and I made the project of the whole pattern in the CAD program. My experience of 3,5 years of work in an architecture office came in handy.

THE CARVING

After engraving all the contours and marking the spots for the holes it was time for painting and the most intense stage – carving.

This gourd was a really thick one, especially at the top.
On one hand, the thickness gives more possibilities in creating reliefs (like the veins), but on the other hand, small parts such as small circles are very difficult to carve in these thick areas.

The depth of the carved areas is not very consistent to make the shading effect that would be visible by night.

Although the vein is very geometric as well, it brings the organic feel to the pattern.

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DRILLING THE HOLES

In terms of the complexity of the perforation pattern, Cirvinea is probably the most advanced of all my lamps.

What’s more, because the gourd is very thick, the drilling had to be done very precisely in the direction of the light source. Only then, can a hole project a point of light on the wall.

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CIRVINEA
Math, Nature & Light

By day, this handcrafted lamp is a unique sculpture while at night it comes alive showing its second, more enchanting nature.

The light shines through 18 thousand holes and creates intricate light patterns on the walls bringing a dreamlike atmosphere to every space.

Working on Cirvinea gave me a lot of joy and satisfaction.
Each next stage was a fascinating challenge with this lamp.

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THE DETAILS

VENICE
Homo Faber Event 2022

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This year, I have a great pleasure of being a part of the Homo Faber Event 2022 – an international cultural exhibition taking place in Venice, between 10th April – 1st May.

My lamp Cirvinea – presented as a pendant lamp – is a part of the exhibition, among many other beautiful creations and examples of the highest quality craftsmanship.

SALE OF THE CIRVINEA

During the Homo Faber Event 2022, the lamp can be ordered and reserved via ‘Artisans2022’ – an independent team of retail experts sourced from within Richemont to support the master artisans endorsed by the Michelangelo Foundation.

Although during the event the lamp is presented as a pendant lamp, its designated form is a floor lamp and that is how it will be sold.

The base made of Sapele wood was created by Lech Kostyszak from Unique Wood Design.

The diameter of the gourd is 30 cm.
The height of the whole lamp is 162 cm.

In the main gallery, you can see 9 of my latest lamps. If you want to see more, take a look at Lamp Overview.