The hearth is converted in oil lamps.
The hearth is the main element of the habitat. It’s around it that
all the elements merge. The discovery of the fire represent a technical
revolution which will have an extraordinary incidence on humanity
evolution. The progress resides in the artificial extension of the day
though light. It’s around a fireplace that communities start telling stories.
hearth, I designed a collection of oil lamps in which the textile reside in the
heart of the lamp.
The oil soaks the wicks and climbs by capillarity until the burning spot.
Again, the ropes are designed especially for that use: the fibres are all
vegetal and natural. I play with the
possibilities offered by the technique by changing the size and the composition
of the inner part of the rope, coming out of the braid or inflating so it
deploys in the liquid. Other
textiles tests were made, like weaving, basketry and knitting.
Since the wick is
usually hidden in an oil lamp, I chose the glass to reveal it.
to draw and design the cotenant, I went to visit an industrial glass factory
(they mostly realize pieces for laboratories using borosilicate glass). They
use prepared tubes of different diameters, and assembly them.
From these existing shapes and sizes of tubes, I designed different pieces for
my lamps. 2 bottles and 2 mobile parts that can adapt to both bottles. I had it
done by a professional glass-blower (Ludovic Petit).
The variety of possibilities that both the pieces of glass and the wicks
combinations offer is large. You can have different lamps according to your
tastes and uses (for example if you need to protect the flame in an outdoor
use, or admire the flame alone, indoor).
The ray of light created
by the flame, which one chooses large or small, delimits a space: that of the
heat and the comfort, this common place which profits the imagination.
The moving boundaries of
this place interact with those created by the rest of the tracks explored,
under the roof, on the carpet, inside and in the light.
Design and prototype of two modular and functional oil lamps. Work on the vegetal rope wick and conception of the glass pieces produced by a professional glassmaker.
Photos : Lucas Falzon, Garance Maurer
ENSCI-Les Ateliers, 2018