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Drawing, Concept Sketch for “I Ricchi Poveri - Silver Bzzzz" Table Lamp

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Ingo Maurer. It is dated March-April 2014 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is pen and ink on white paper napkin. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This is an early concept sketch for the lamp “I Ricchi Poveri – Silver Bzzzz” by the “poet of light” Ingo Maurer. The lamp is one of a small series through which Maurer has sought to play on the natural attraction to light in nature. In the design for “I Ricchi Poveri – Silver Bzzzz”, Maurer captures a moment in time with a handmade silver-coated aluminum dragonfly resting on a halogen bulb. This sketch, one of several that Maurer executed with pen and ink on white napkins, shows the simple silhouette of the table lamp in an iteration close to the final design. The final lamp features a curved thin brass stem, which appears to delicately bend under the gentle weight of the dragonfly at rest on the bulb.

This object was donated by Ingo Maurer GmbH. It is credited Gift of Ingo Maurer.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 20 × 19.5 cm (7 7/8 × 7 11/16 in.)

It is inscribed

In the lower left corner are the designer's intitials, "I. M."

Cite this object as

Drawing, Concept Sketch for “I Ricchi Poveri - Silver Bzzzz" Table Lamp; Designed by Ingo Maurer (German, b. 1932); pen and ink on white paper napkin; H x W: 20 × 19.5 cm (7 7/8 × 7 11/16 in.); Gift of Ingo Maurer; 2015-51-1

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