Crane Lamp is now on Kickstarter!
Crane, the Kinetic Lamp
The Crane Lamp, a playful, movable light designed by London-based design studio Animaro, is launching on kickstarter July 5th.
The lamp can change dramatically in height and shape, its moving form inspired by the shape of the Crane Bird extending its neck to catch prey. The Crane Lamp invites play and interaction at a time when mechanical devices are increasingly replaced by digital.
Bringing back Mechanical
Making a telephone call used to involve winding a keypad and lifting a receiver.
Playing some music used to involve placing a record on a turntable and lowering the needle.
Keeping time used to involve winding a spring loaded clock mechanism with a key.
We used to interact with the objects around us far more than we do now. There was less automation, less user interfaces and less hidden technology. Everything was on show and everything could be adapted. The Crane Lamp is the first of a range of products from Animaro that seeks to celebrate mechanical movements and bring back a closeness with our environment.
How does it work?
The Crane Lamp is composed of hardwood segments connected by pins, these segments can rotate about each other making the lamp expand and contract.
Space saving design
The lamp can adapt to your home depending on how much space you have, it can be put in its lowest position when you need to save space. The lamp is also quite narrow meaning it can fit in small gaps between between furniture.
Flexible height and shape
The lamp can be raised to any position and will always hold its height. This is because the weight of the lamp is perfectly balanced against the strength of a spring.
Easy to use
It is incredible easy to raise and lower the lamp, just push or pull any part of the structure and it will move. The spring is designed to lessen the weight of the lamp, so it feels very light to raise. Most of all its fun!
Options to Choose from
A Desk & Floor Lamp
The lamp is available in two sizes, the Floor or Desk version.
Choose your wood
The Crane lamp is available in three wood types : Walnut, Oak or Sapele.
Choose your cable colour
The fabric covered 3 core cable is made in Italy and comes in 3 colours, Blue , Green and Anthracite.
How it's made
The Crane Lamp is made from hardwood ‘sticks’ and brass moving parts. Each part has been designed to fulfill its function and to be beautiful in its own right.
The wooden sticks are CNC machined in a workshop in London from solid planks of wood. They are then sanded and oiled.
The Brass joints are machined from solid brass and are made in a factory in the UK, they hold the cable safely in place while the lamp is moving.
The cable is sourced from Italy and the brass lampholder is made in the UK. The cable is threaded through the lamp joints so that it is free to move with the lamp.
The Lamp is then assembled carefully by hand in a workshop before being shipped to you.
Prototypes & Sketching
There have been a number of iterations and many hours of testing before reaching the final design. We have created many previous prototypes and rigorously tested each to see what worked and what did not.
We use 3D design software that allows us to visualise movement and test designs virtually before building them, this is critical so we don’t need to make hundreds of prototypes!
We have run a workshop to experiment with variations of the shape of the Crane Lamp and how it can be made.
We have also exhibited earlier versions of the lamp in London and Milan to gather and implement important feedback.
The shape of the Crane Lamp base has been designed especially to keep the lamp stable even when fully extended. The Crane Lamp Floor has additional steel plates hidden inside the base to add additional weight and keep it stable.
There are more wooden segments at the base than at the top of the lamp, this helps the stability of the lamp and makes sure its not too heavy. The extra segments at the base act to support the lamp like a buttress supports a church wall.
The wooden parts are hand finished in oil to protect the wood from stains and spills. All the brass parts have been designed to withstand frequent use.
Photography by Dunja Opalko www.dunjaopalko.com