Ingo Maurer Lighting Design - Graham Owen Insect Design
Collaboration with Ingo Maurer - Based in Munich Germany and New York
Ingo Maurer, the "Poet of Light" is one of the most prolific and respected artist/designers working today. I have the distinct honor of calling him a friend and collaborator.
Ingo came to Los Angeles in 2010 to work with me for three days, in a joint effort at refining artistic insects to be incorporated into his creative and beautiful lighting designs. Ingo sparked and stimulated creativity which continues to render a natural and higher beauty to my creations.
In the past few years Ingo and I have worked on a number of one-off commissions for private collectors. Some collaborations are pictured below, while others will remain undocumented.
Some products, such as the J.B. Butterfly and J.B. Schmetterling lights, are available for purchase from the Ingo Maurer catalog, his galleries and distributors.
Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2013
Ingo Maurer - Dragon Attack
no two are identical - each one hand made
Graham - working and playing
Dragon Attack - by Ingo Maurer - dragonflies and damselflies by Graham Owen
s. Libellula Rossa - (red dragonflies) Spazio Krizia, Milano Italy
"Dragon Attack" and limited edition "JB Dragonfly" light
Dragon Attack, seen in Milan, is incomplete, with internal lighting be incorporated before final installation
Ingo Maurer my dear friend and collaborator
More Collaborative Work - 2010 - 2013
Johnny B. Butterfly
J.B. Schmetterling (German for butterfly) limited production Ingo Maurer butterfly lamp
These gorgeous light fixtures currently beautify and illuminate presidential suites, in some of the worlds finest hotels
Close Up Detail
Insects on the JB Butterfly, JB Dragonfly and JB Schmetterling light fixtures are made exclusively for Ingo Maurer, each individually handmade, colored with exquisite pigments from Kremer Pigmente in Munich Germany. No molds, plastic, wood, clay, resin or epoxy are used in their construction; each insect is an individual work of art, created to be beautiful, life-like, durable, and light as a feather.
Graham Owen - JB Schmetterling - Ingo Maurer studio - Munich Germany April 2012
Interior Design magazine Market Tabloid cover page
"Material Worlds", Sotheby's at Sudeley Castle, July 28th - September 30th 2011, London England
Ingo Maurer LED Table and Ingo Maurer J.B. Schmetterling lights
Photos courtesy of Sotheby's
Ingo Maurer Lighting on Display
Spazio KRIZIA - Milan Italy
Ingo Maurer - Biotope - 2011
The Biotope is a multi-functional work of art, designed to provide light and dampen sound, by incorporating natural sea sponges, while captivating viewers with a magical sense of nature's beauty, mystery and enchantment.
An underlying theme is green, green, green, with spirits flying high, basically, an environmentally friendly masterpiece, incorporating sustainable harvested sea sponges, combined with man-made insects, presenting luminous atmospheres that play with traditional concepts of color, brightness, and shadow.
The Biotope was commissioned by a private collector, with final installation in an undisclosed location
Over four meters in length - one of the world's most amazing, one of a kind, artistic lighting designs
Center piece at the Spazio Krizia - Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2011
I enjoyed making snakes and salamanders, to compliment the insects, as well as chase and eat them...
Internally illuminated caves and tunnels add a sense of mystery
Iridescent butterfly replica basks in delight
Buttercup in Flight
Blue Morpho's in Flight
Turquoise and iridescent beetle replicas - 3 of 6 beetle species made for the Biotope
Real butterfly specimens used for reference to study while making reproductions
These framed butterflies were raised on a butterfly farm, inspected and approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Beautiful Ingo Maurer Lighting Designs - J.B. Schmetterling light fixtures and Biotope
I had a fantastic time in Milan, such an amazing city
Spirits Flying High!
More than 3,000 people attended the opening night party on April 12th
Ingo Maurer in Los Angeles - 2010
Graham in Munich Germany at Ingo Maurer design studio - December 2010
one of a kind Ingo Maurer desk lamp
Birthday gift from Ingo to his wife Jenny
Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2012
Ingo Maurer "Biotope Wall" - illuminated with LED Butterflies by Graham Owen
This is going to a very wonderful new modern house in Switzerland
I love Milan!
a fun collaboration
Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2012
"House of Flies" - one of a kind light fixture - on display Design Week 20012
London Design Festival - September 2012
Ingo Maurer Red J.B. Dragonfly lamp
Red J.B. Dragonfly lamp on display - The London Design Festival - Conran Shop
New York Times - Home section cover - September 27, 2012
A Few Photos from Milan
Break of dawn view from my hotel room - Central Station Milano - 2013
Duomo di Milano
Departing Italy 2011
In the News
Bloomberg Businessweek - April 19, 2011
Beautiful in its simplicity, an Ingo Maurer lamp -- essentially an oversize bare light bulb -- was circled by its own handmade "bugs," each a work of art in its own right: butterflies, moths, dragon flies. One can't help but wonder how the real things would react to the colorful decoys. The piece is called "JB Schmetterling," German for butterfly.
New York Times - April 24, 2011
At Ingo Maurer's stand at Euroluce, the furniture fair's biennial lighting show, J.B. Schmetterling, a hanging light bulb ringed with handmade butterflies, moths, and dragonflies (schmetterling is German for butterfly), exemplified the designer's ability to fuse technology and poetry.
The Globe and Mail - Canada - April 23, 2011
The movie industry has the Cannes Film Festival and TIFF, fashion has the Paris and New York shows and design has the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (a.k.a. the Milan Furniture Fair). From all four corners of the globe, some 300,000 buyers, dealers, agents and designers descend on the northern Italian city each spring to see what's new, to be inspired and to buy...
German lighting designer Ingo Maurer even launched an LED wallpaper that can be affixed directly to the wall. In contrast to all this high-tech achievement, however, hand craftsmanship continues to be marketed as the ultimate luxury. Ingo Maurer's J.B. Schmetterling (Johnny B. Butterfly) is a bulb around which life-like "butterflies" flutter; Biotope, a sculptural lighting made from ecologically harvested natural sea sponge, comes complete with its own "eco-system" of (faux) insects.
New York Times - "Style Magazine" - article- "Super Natural" - October 2011 - includes photos of Biotope final installation
Modern Design - article - February 2012
In Design Asia- article - Ingo Maurer interview - Milan - April 2012 - includes a nice quote about our collaboration
Graham Owen - visiting Munich Germany - December 2010 photography
Purchase - Johnny B Butterfly and JB Schmetterling lights
Ingo Maurer - website- Germany
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