LET THERE BE LIGHT

Photography by mier­swa-kluska

Plaza Watch International - - Contents - Photo: M i e r s wa - K l u s k a Ma­chine Lights: F r a n k B u c h wa l d w w w. f r a n k b u c hwa l d . d e

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.

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