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.

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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.

Crane Lamp Desk - 0.9m Tall

Crane Lamp Desk - 0.9m Tall

Crane Lamp Floor - 1.8m Tall

Crane Lamp Floor - 1.8m Tall


Choose your wood

 The Crane lamp is available in three wood types : Walnut, Oak or Sapele.

                                         Oak                                    Walnut                                    Sapele

                                         Oak                                    Walnut                                    Sapele


Choose your cable colour 

The fabric covered 3 core cable is made in Italy and comes in 3 colours, Blue , Green and Anthracite.

Blue (rayon)

Blue (rayon)

Green (cotton)

Green (cotton)

Anthracite

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.


Wooden Parts

The wooden sticks are CNC machined in a workshop in London from solid planks of wood. They are then sanded and oiled.


Brass Parts

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.


Electrical Parts

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.


Hand  Assembled

The Lamp is then assembled carefully by hand in a workshop before being shipped to you.


 

Design Process


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.


3D Design 

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!


Workshops 

We have run a workshop to experiment with variations of the shape of the Crane Lamp and how it can be made.


Exhibitions

We have also exhibited earlier versions of the lamp in London and Milan to gather and implement important feedback.


Technical Spec


Dimensions

Crane Lamp Desk extends from 400mm long and 440mm high to 640mm long and 950mm high.

Crane Lamp Desk extends from 400mm long and 440mm high to 640mm long and 950mm high.

Crane Lamp Floor extends from 470mm long and 590mm high to 850mm long and 1800mm high

Crane Lamp Floor extends from 470mm long and 590mm high to 850mm long and 1800mm high


Stability

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.

Base structure Desk Lamp

Base structure Desk Lamp

Base Structure Floor Lamp

Base Structure Floor Lamp

 
Human Pyramid - More width at base for stability

Human Pyramid - More width at base for stability


Longevity

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