The Crane Lampis a playful, movable light by London-based design studio Animaro. The lamp changes dramatically in height and shape, with a form inspired by the shape of a Crane bird extending its neck to catch prey. At a time when so many mechanical devices are being replaced by digital tools, the Crane Lamp invites users to play with its materiality and expanding form.
Designer: Matthew Gilbert
Photographer: Dunja Opalko
The lamp is available in two sizes: one to sit on the floor and another to light up a desk. The scissor structure of the floor version is composed of 26 hardwood parts, which enable the lamp to expand and contract. Its weight is perfectly counterbalanced by the strength of the spring, ensuring that lamp will hold its shape at any height.
The lamp is available in solid walnut, sapele or oak. The joints are machined from brass and hold the cable in place as the lamp changes shape. Every Crane Lamp is assembled by hand in a workshop in East London.
Animaro is a furniture design studio founded in 2015 and based in London. Inspired by all things kinetic, they enjoy working with mechanics and motion to create playful moving furniture. This involves combining springs, pin joints, bearings and anything that moves to create pieces of furniture that playfully express forces such as gravity and friction. They have exhibited furniture in London, Milan and Copenhagen and are now bringing their designs to the market via Kickstarter.