LET THERE BE LIGHT
Photography by mierswa-kluska
The lights in this story are made by the German designer Frank Buchwald. Why do you make these kind of lights?
– I am fascinated by the uncompromising functionality of raw machines from the industrial age, when they are unhidden by a hull of pleasing design. Metal is the perfect material to work constructively and to manufacture in various techniques. I like to capture the raw energy and excitement of industrialisation, to have it bundled it into these desktop sized, mechanical objects. Who are your clients?
– My clients a located all over the world, from USA to Russia and Asia like Seoul, Hong Kong and Singapore as well as in Europe. The customers are mostly lawyers, businessmen and other collectors who are looking for extraordinary objects. They are not interested in industrially manufactured products, they prefer an exclusive handmade individual object as a centrepiece for their office and home. How much do they cost?
– The cost of a handcrafted object depends on the model of the series. It starts at around 6,500 euros up to 18,500 euros for the Type No.09. This expressive model has length of 1.2 meters and a weight of 17 kg. The cost of a custom-made object is much higher. How long does it take to build one?
– Most components are fabricated by hand, so every light is a long process. Cutting, welding, grinding, fine-tuning and the final assembly of up to 100–200 parts takes several weeks. In the end a serial-made piece takes about one month and a custom- made light can take several months, depending on the complexity of the design and the construction. All lights in the story are available at the M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva.