Design and Ingo Maurer, German Humour with Functionality

In the next chapter of this design series where we look across the water to see what our friends in Europe are up to, The Light Review speaks to German designer Axel Schmid, part of the team working at Ingo Maurer. If you love good design but haven’t heard of Ingo Maurer, or maybe are familiar with the name but thought that the products were too humorous to be German, this podcast will put you straight.

I was fortunate enough to have once met Ingo in the backyard of Spazio Krizia, (Krizia is a Milan-based fashion label) showing his EL.E.DEE desk lamp. This product, and others he showed, left me with such an impression that they have stuck in my mind for some fifteen years.

There is a fine line between creating products that are artistic and playful without making them overly kitsch, let alone then morphing that object into a functional light. The fact that so few companies can do it well is one of the reasons Ingo Maurer products are so revered, colourful and, yes, German!

“Ingo Maurer – a different kind of German.”


You can contact Chris at “‘Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms; cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders or pyramids are the great primary forms which light reveals to advantage; the image of these is distinct and tangible within us without ambiguity’ ” — Le Corbusier. 'Vers une architecture' [Towards a new Architecture] (1923)

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