Pleat Box Lamps, the first collaboration between Barcelona ceramist Xavier Mañosa and the Mashallah design studio of Berlin, combine an outer silhouette with a glittering interior.
Apparatu, Mañosa’s design studio, states that the idea for the lamps was to create a “sophisticated combination” between a digitally-designed piece of cloth, which is then applied to a ceramic base. The outer portion of these lamps was made by recycling different enamels. The lamps are available in white ceramic, underglazed red and gray clays.
The interior of the lamps are done in brilliant white enamel which creates the glitter effect. The purpose of the enamel is to enhance the lamp’s light, but the interior is also available in gold, which shines with a warmer light.
The lamps are distributed by Marset of Barcelona.
Mañosa was born in 1981. His parents were both ceramists and Mañosa grew up in the studio, surrounded by kilns and potter’s wheels.
He studied industrial and graphic design at the Escola de la Llotja and at the Bau School of Design, both in Barcelona. He worked in Berlin before opening the Apparatu ceramics studio, which today handles the production side of the business in Barcelona while Mañosa works in Germany.
Founded in 2008 by Hande Akçayli and Murat Koçyigit, the Mashallah studio of Berlin is described by its creators as “an interdisciplinary design studio dedicated to the poetry of design, art and technology.” The studio follows a free and experimental approach to design and has an exhibition, Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, running at the MAD Museum of New York until July 2014.
Above image: Pleat Box Lamps. Photograph courtesy of Mashallah and Apparatu.