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Frank Buchwald

Machine Light No.01

Frank Buchwald

Machine Light No.01

The Machine Lights are a series of majestic lamps crafted entirely by hand and boasting an almost anatomical form thanks to their alien-like, quadrupedal bases and quasi-corporeal symmetry.

Each lamp is made with more than 200 individual components in an intricate combination where burnished blackened steel throws into sharp relief the rich patina of brass and the warm, yellow glow of visible light filaments. Each brass component is meticulously hand-polished, while the steel is repeatedly hand-burnished with chemicals to achieve an impressive silky black oxidation.

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Machine Light No.01

The purpose of Buchwald’s work is to endure through generations. He does not follow a specific design formula, which provides him with the freedom to create objects that eschew modern trends or market requirements, nor does he feed from the positive reactions of customers and art connoisseurs. Buchwald’s philosophy and inspiration result from past and everyday experiences. “Pencil, glue and cardboard...railway stations, steam engines...childhood memories. Creativity and enthusiasm form the golden thread that has weaved through my life. They’re my fuel.” he explains.

The development process begins with a simple, quick sketch that usually forms the foundation of a new project, followed by several iterations of drawings. Typically, the rough drafts are executed with pencils and marker pens, allowing Buchwald to find the essence of a new object by effortlessly making changes.


“My work has to be open, capable of being quickly modified: any detail can change with one stroke at any given time. It's an evolutionary process in motion.” Buchwald explains, “I follow ideas and impressions. I am passionate about sketching and drawing because they allow me to bring my visions to life. If I don’t manage to make something of the ideas in my mind, then I feel unsatisfied.” Once the sketch is complete, an engineering draft follows, but the artistic process continues in the workshop.

The nature of the material or a spontaneous idea can still transform the original concept, making for an excitingly dynamic process. For Buchwald, metal is the perfect material with which to creatively work, and he applies a variety of techniques: melting in blast furnaces and shaping by massive machines feels like an "act of creation" for him, bringing energy and power into the metal.

Machine Light No.01

The Creator

Frank Buchwald

Berlin-based Frank Buchwald was born in Hannover, Germany in 1956. After studying design at the University of Arts in Berlin, Frank worked as a freelance artist and science-fiction illustrator until 1993 when he turned his attention to designing and manufacturing metallic furniture. He created all manner of metal furniture, gradually turning his focus and efforts toward making lamps, however it took Buchwald many years before he felt that the designs of his sculptural lights were satisfactory.

Buchwald's studio, where he meticulously creates everlasting objects, is located in Berlin inside an old-time industrial building outfitted with bricks, large windows, dark staircases, antique electric switches, and visible scars from World War II.

“Frank Buchwald’s Machine Lights typify the mechanico-artistic excellence that forms the cornerstone of the M.A.D.Gallery,” says MB&F’s founder Max Büsser, “Frank creates machines that give light, where his craft transcends a practical purpose and his creations well and truly assume the status of artworks.”

Buchwald’s soul embodies each work: his dedication is apparent in the artistic fabrications expressed by every minute detail of their unique creativity.

Berlin-based Frank Buchwald was born in Hannover, Germany in 1956. After studying design at the University of Arts in Berlin, Frank worked as a freelance artist and science-fiction illustrator until 1993 when he turned his attention to designing and manufacturing metallic furniture. He created all manner of metal furniture, gradually turning his focus and efforts toward making lamps, however it took Buchwald many years before he felt that the designs of his sculptural lights were satisfactory.

Buchwald's studio, where he meticulously creates everlasting objects, is located in Berlin inside an old-time industrial building outfitted with bricks, large windows, dark staircases, antique electric switches, and visible scars from World War II.

“Frank Buchwald’s Machine Lights typify the mechanico-artistic excellence that forms the cornerstone of the M.A.D.Gallery,” says MB&F’s founder Max Büsser, “Frank creates machines that give light, where his craft transcends a practical purpose and his creations well and truly assume the status of artworks.”

Buchwald’s soul embodies each work: his dedication is apparent in the artistic fabrications expressed by every minute detail of their unique creativity.

Specifications

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EDITION

The low volume production takes place in Berlin, Germany and requires a delivery time of 3 months and more depending on the model.
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MATERIALS

Handblown glass globe, burnished steel, brushed brass, textile cables, voltage: 230 V / 120V, tube lamp 2 x 40W
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DIMENSIONS

B. 30 cm, H. 54 cm
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WEIGHT

5,75 kg
Frank Buchwald

Machine Light No.01

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