Ingo Maurer lighting design - Graham Owen insects
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.
Since 2010 Ingo and I have worked on a number of one-off commissions for private collectors. Some collaborations are pictured below, while others remain private and undocumented.
Some products, such as the Flatterby, Johnny. B. Butterfly, Five Butterflies, and I Ricchi Poveri - Fly, are available for purchase from the Ingo Maurer catalog, showrooms and distributors.
Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2016
introducing Ingo Maurer's latest butterfly lamp "Flatterby"
my fingers will be busy - producing more beautiful butterflies
Milan Design Week 2016 - Ingo Maurer @ San Paolo Converso
magnificent San Paolo Converso interior - where my butterflies love to fly
Milan Design Week opening party
late afternoon sunlight through windows creates a magical painterly effect
Graham Owen and Ingo Maurer
enjoying time with friends, Sangdoo Shin, S. Korean lighting designer and Ingo Maurer distributor
(October 2015, I visited Korea with my son, and Sangdoo made our trip amazingly special)
old friend - world renowned artist and designer Moritz Waldemeyer - Ingo Maurer collaborator
new friend - world renowned artist and designer Paul Cocksedge - Ingo Maurer collaborator
I Ricchi Poveri - Fly - in Milan
Design Week - New York City - May 2016
NYC X Design
Flatterby lamp in front window - Ingo Maurer SoHo Manhattan showroom
Flatterby insects - each hand made with love
having fun in NYC
Ingo's SoHo showroom
Ingo Maurer & Graham Owen - NYC X Design SoHo
Five Butterflies - close up detail
Five Butterflies lamp - original prototype
priceless gift - 5 Butterflies prototype lamp - first displayed in Milan 2014 - a gift from Ingo - who signed the base
"Graham you extended my creativity - Ingo Maurer"
Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2015
Ingo Maurer lamp - Five Butterflies - limited production of 200
close up view - each butterfly is handmade and unique
I Ricchi Poveri - Fly - limited production of 100
A small insect sits in repose, comforted by the glowing light of a solitary bulb set aside or possibly forgotten - this is the image of the Ingo Maurer Fly LED Table Lamp. The Fly is a sculptural still life that mimics both life and light, capturing a fleeting moment in the presence of artificially created incandescence. Not only artful and thought-provoking, the Fly cleverly disguises an innovative LED module within the confines of a familiar shape, forming a truly enigmatic source of ambient light. For more than 40 years Ingo Maurer has created somewhat irreverent and thought-provoking designs in a method that is more exo-modern than contemporary. These experimentalist collections enliven fashion runways, monuments and private homes, giving Ingo Maurer lighting a name that resounds in the minds of the design-forward.
Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2014
@ Spazio KRIZIA, Milan
I Ricchi Poveri Silver Bzzzz - limited edition - 50 pieces - SOLD OUT
handmade Damselfly - clad in sterling sliver
Horsefly lamp prototype
Beautiful light attracts beautiful insects - Ingo Maurer Biotope table lamp
My New Flame - LED Candles - and butterfly
Design Week - New York City - May 2014
art & design
Ingo Maurer lighting
Ingo Maurer and Graham Owen @ Ingo Maurer SOHO showroom
Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2013
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 "J.B. Dragonfly" light
Ingo Maurer my dear friend and collaborator
Ingo Maurer Butterfly Lamps - 2010 - 2016
available for purchase at fine stores globally
Johnny B. Butterfly
J.B. Schmetterling (German for butterfly) limited production of 200 - All SOLD OUT
These gorgeous light fixtures illuminate some of the most beautiful rooms and suites around the world
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 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
one of a kind chandelier
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
Biotope in home
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
time for a few photos
a fun collaboration
Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2012
I love Milano!
"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
Sotheby's 20th Century Design sale - November 2015
Sold for 3x estimated price, $86,000.00
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.
Smithsonian National Design Museum - JB Schmetterling in the permanent collection
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
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