Solid Spin Lamp Collection by Johanna Tammsalu

February 3, 2013

Designer Johanna Tammsalu has created the Solid Spin Lamp Collection from ceramic.


From Johanna Tammsalu

The Solid Spin Lamp collection grew out of series of experiments that I made with everyday objects that can be found in everyone’s household. These elements were shoes, reading glasses, books, mugs, jugs, forks, remotes, etc. I was fascinated with the shapes that could be created by simply spinning these objects. I took pictures and video with a slow shutter in order to capture these new shapes. These experiments resulted in fragile, ghost like shapes that were built up of layers.



I wasn’t quite satisfied with the results and started to wonder how could I make the outlines more clear and the shapes more solid. I was interested in strength, not fragility and therefore I decided to see what happened if I moved an object around its’ own axis and then an axis of my own choice. I tested objects by themselves and also in groups where they were stacked on top of each other. This resulted in interesting solid revolutionary shapes with great outer detail. If the solids were to be cut open from the middle, the contour of the original object would be visible.



I was exited with the results because I realized that there are endless possibilities. I could make fruit bowls out of fruit, lamp covers out of light bulbs, a stool out of shoes and much more. After the shapes were created I looked for ones that best related to each other, but were made out of different elements (objects). I wanted them to speak the same visual language in order to get a small lamp collection. I modified the scale of each piece to create the perfect family.

The Keys, Shoes and Glasses lamps were born out of a game with spinning everyday objects.






Ceramic made on the turn
Painted with Bosa colours: glossy grey, peacock blue, dark blue.
Size: High 300 – 400 mm, base diameter 350 – 500 mm

Designer: Johanna Tammsalu