- CRANE LAMP's mechanism in use. -


matthew gilbert.

reaching out TO US from london, uk.

“The mechanism of the lamp acts similar to a Crane bird’s neck.”

Inspired by the elongation of a Crane’s neck when catching prey, the Crane Lamp is a metamorphic desk lamp that can be changed depending on where it is placed and the user's mood. The mechanical transformation is operated by the user.

The skeletal configuration of the lamp is made from precisely cut solid walnut protected with furniture oil and all the fixings are custom machined from solid brass. The cable runs neatly through the brass fixings.

“I draw inspiration not from existing furniture designs, but from inventors and mathematicians.”

Animaro is a design studio founded by Matt Gilbert based in East London. Gilbert has a background in architecture and enjoys drawing on architectural and structural principles in his furniture designs. He fell in love with the world of furniture design while completing an MA at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art which was split between furniture and architectural scale design.

During his design process, Matt looks up to the kinetic artist Arthur Ganson and architect Emilio Pérez Piñero.

“I’m interested in expressing forces and material properties in a very clear and playful way.”