30 April 2008

Alberto Giacometti - Lighting Inspiration.

Alberto Giacometti, Pencil on Paper

I am very fond of two lighting designs from Sirmos Lighting.
I think they are Most Excellent and truly "Blog Worthy". The collection called "Masque" and "Colette" were produced with direct inspiration from the Surrealist Sculptor, Alberto Giacometti. The lamps are available in many different finishes from White Gold, to Bronze to Silver Leaf, etcetera. I love the elegant sculptural detail one of these lamps may add to a room. Simple and sophisticated, either the floor lamp or table lamp is a work of art, inspired by the work of a brilliant sculptor.

Alberto Giacometti lived from 1901 to 1966 and is best known for his elongated, stretched out sculptures of the human form. Giacometti was obsessed with creating his sculptures exactly as he envisioned through his unique view of reality, he often carved until they were as thin as nails and reduced to the size of a pack of cigarettes, much to his consternation. A friend of his once said that if Giacometti decided to sculpt you, "he would make your head look like the blade of a knife." After his marriage his tiny sculptures became larger, but the larger they grew, the thinner they became. Giacometti said that the final result represented the sensation he felt when he looked at a woman.

Giacometti was a key player in the Surrealist Movement, but his work resists easy categorization. Some describe it as formalist, others argue it is expressionist. Also a skilled draftsman, painter and printmaker, examples of Alberto Giacometti's work may be seen above and below.

Pricing on the Sirmos Lamps range from $1,500.00 to $4,000.00 each

Sirmos' "Masque" table lamp in White Gold with a White Lacquer Matte Shade

Sirmos' Giacometti-inspired "Colette" Floor Lamp in a Gold Leaf Antique finish with a Black Lacquer Matte Shade

"Colette" table lamp in Bronze Brown finish with Black Lacquer Matte Shade

Elongated Female Figure. Sculpture by Alberto Giacometti. Painted Bronze

"Masque" Floor Lamp in White Gold Finish with Egg Cloud Parchment Shade

Male Head Sculpture. Alberto Giacometti. Bronze

Stretched out limbs are a typical characteristic of a Giacometti sculpture. Female nude in Bronze.