Ingo Maurer lighting designs - Graham Owen insects

Collaboration with Ingo Maurer - Based in Munich Germany

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Ingo came to the United States 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 - Bulb-Limited, Flatterby, Johnny B Butterfly, Five Butterflies, and I Ricchi Poveri - Fly, are available for purchase from the Ingo Maurer catalog, showrooms and distributors.

 

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Munich Germany - The Design Museum - November 2019

"Ingo Maurer intimate. Design or what?" - Exhibition opens

 

Pinakothek der Moderne - The Design Museum Munich Germany

The Design Museum - Pinakothek der Moderne - Munich Germany

 

"Ingo Maurer intim. Design or what?" opening evening invitation

opening night invitation

 

Graham, Conrad and Isagani Vengco, Ingo Maurer design engineers

enjoying time with friends! Conrad and Isagani

 

Dr. Xenia Riemann Museum Curator speaking

Museum Curator - exhibition opening night speech

 

pre-opening night special private viewing

special private viewing, before opening night event...

 

Dr. Xenia Riermann-Tyroller Curator The Design Museum Munich

proudly presenting a butterfly to Design Museum Curator Dr. Xenia Riemann-Tyroller

a variety of Ingo Maurer lamps including JB Schmetterling with my butterflies and dragonflies

 

Ron Arad and Sangdoo Shin inside The Design Museum Munich Germany

Designer Ron Arad and Sangdoo Shin - both Ingo Maurer collaborators


Ingo Maurer lighting

small assortment of beautiful Ingo Maurer lighting

 

Five Butterflies lamp on display

happy to see my butterflies on display - Five Butterflies lamp

 

Fly lamp

I Ricchi Poveri Fly - one of my horseflies

 

model of Silver Cloud installation at Residenzetheater

scale model of Silver Cloud, a recent Ingo installation at the Residenze Theater in Munich

 

green sea sponges with artificial insects Biotope models

scale model of my first collaboration with Ingo - the Biotope - sea sponges with my insects

 

Graham Owen with insect art in Munich Design Museum

butterflies, dragonflies and beetles

 

Ingo Maurer website page mentioning Graham Owen artist insect maker

web page copy - courtesy ingo-maurer.com

 

 

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Ingo Maurer, Designer Known as a Poet of Light, Dies at 87

Ingo Maurer 1932 - 2019

I have always felt honored to collaborate and work with Ingo Maurer, and know him as a dear friend and mentor.

Ingo's genius for beauty and class will be missed in a world that seems to be increasingly focused on utilitarian ideals of conformity.

 

Ingo Maurer Thomas Edison dates corespond

 

Death of Ingo Maurer November 2019

Invitation to Ingo's memorial at Residenz Theater Munich Germany

 

Residenze Theater courtyard Munich Germany

Residenze Theater

 

Ingo Maurer Residenze Theater installation and memorial service

The Munich Residenz Theater commissioned Ingo Maurer's "Silver Cloud" for a room that is used as a cafe,
visible from Max-Joseph-Platz, completed on 18 October 2019.

 

more than 600 people in attendance

more than 600 people in attendance

 

Ingo Memorial service

Ingo memorial center stage

 

Memorial service list of speakers and music

list of speakers and music

friends together inside Residenzetheater cafe

friends from around the world - celebrating the wonderful life of Ingo Maurer

 

 

Ingo Maurer Showroom - Munich Germany November 2019

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Ingo's green jacket and red shoes

Ingo's signature red shoes - memorial in his showroom

 

Ingo's green jacket inside showroom

beautiful lighting

 

Dome and other Ingo Maurer lighting designs in showroom

assortment of Ingo lighting designs and products

 

table with many legs and Flatterby butterfly lamp

whimsical

 

Flatterby butterfly lamp

lovely butterfly lamps

 

Ingo Maurer giant insect lamp with Graham Owen in Munich showroom

delightful whimsical light

 

extra large insect lamp

giant bulb with an assortment of insects

 

downstairs lighting inside Ingo Maurer showroom

one of the rooms downstairs

 

Ingo Showroom guest book and JB Butterfly lamps

showroom guest book - pair of JB Butterfly lamps :)

 

 

New York City Design Week - May 10-22 2019

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New Yok City Manhattan spring 2019 foliage view

I love New York - spring 2019

 

Graham Owen butterflies on an Ingo Maurer lamp in the Moroso storefront

proud to see my butterflies in the MOROSO storefront window

 

Ingo Maurer Flatterby lamp in Moroso front window display

front window display - Ingo Maurer "Flatterby" lamp

 

Moroso NYC Ingo Maurer butterfly lamp

beautiful light

 

Ingo Maurer Bulb Fly special edition lamp

Ingo Maurer "Fly" Bulb lamp inside Ingo's SOHO showroom

lucky timing, I happened to be here when this lamp,
number 12, of 12 made, was purchased by a gentleman from Chile

 

Ingo Maurer 2019 showroom closing party

Ingo Maurer SOHO showroom, busy with Ingo here...

 

Ingo Maurer NYC showrrom closing May 2019

NYC showroom closing May 2019 - Munich showroom as beautiful as ever...

 

Graham Owen and Ingo Maurer

enjoying time with my dear friend Ingo Maurer

 

Tsinandali Estate Georgia - Radisson Collection

Ingo Maurer interior design and lighting

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Tsinandali Radisson collection hotel

a magic place with a very warm and unique atmosphere

 

Tsinandali art and lighting design on display

a resort of high standard

 

Ingo Maurer Graham Owen Tsinandali collaboration

crossvault room

 

three butterfly lamps

illuminating a five-star hotel in Kachetia Georgia

 

Ingo Maurer lighting with Graham Owen insect art

1 of 3 giant bulbs with my butterflies, insects and salamanders

 

Graham Owen butterfly art viewed from below

butterflies dreaming

 

illuminated butterflies

delightful

 

Ingo Maurer lamp adorned with Graham Owen butterflies

Ingo Maurer giant bulb with Graham Owen butterflies

 

 

Christies - London - Design Sale - October 2018

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Christies London Design sale Ingo Maurer butterfly lamp

Sold for 25,000 British Pounds, approximately $35,000

 

Christies London Design sale information


Design Week - New York City - May 2018

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New York City X Design Week 2018

NYC X Design May 11-23

 

Ingo Maurer NYC showroom exterior

Ingo Maurer NYC showroom entrance

 

boy admiring bugs

my insects wont tickle, sting or bite

 

Dancing Insects Ingo Maurer lamp

elegant swarm

 

Graham Owen smiling :) 2018

happy seeing my art on display

 

Five Butterflies lamp

Five Butterflies

 

Fly lamp

Fly

 

Limites Edition Ingo Maurer Bulb Fly

Bulb

 

Flatterby lamp

Flatterby

 

 

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NYC - Cooper Hewitt - Smithsonian Design Museum

Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color - May 11 2018 - January 13 2019

 

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

5th Ave at 91st Street, NYC

 

Cooper Hewitt Design Museum exterior

Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Housed in the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion, Cooper Hewitt showcases one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence.

 

Cooper Hewitt Saturated graphics

 

Saturated

color brings order and excitement to our visual world

 

JB Scmetterling on display inside the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

Ingo Maurer JB Schmetterling lamp on display

 

J.B. Schmetterling information

COLOR OPTICS

Many mesmerizing designs make use of eye-popping optical effects that play with perception and illusion. Both the shimmering whorls of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Peacock vase, ca. 1901 and the brightly winged insects in flight around Ingo Maurer’s hanging lamp J.B. Schmetterling (Butterfly), 2011, dazzle the viewer through the color-shifting property of iridescence.

 

 

Graham Owen with his insects in the Cooper Hewitt

proud seeing my insects on display in the Smithsonian National Design Museum

 

Cooper Hewitt thank you letter

link to Cooper Hewitt web site Saturated show information

 

 

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Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2018

435,065
attendees from
188 countries

5,679 
journalists

1,841
exhibitors from
33 countries

650
young designers from 35 countries

 

Design Week Milan Italy 2018

Ingo Maurer "Flatterby" lamp - Circolo Filologico - Milan Italy

 

Ingo Maurer Dancing Insects lamp at Circolo Filologico

Graham Owen insects

 

Marco and Laura taking photos

Dancing Insects

 

Graham Owen artist in Milan

feeling proud seeing my art on display

 

Ingo Maurer and Graham Owen Milan 2018

Ingo Maurer and Graham Owen

 

Work in Progress- white insects

new Work in Progress

 

White Butterflies and dragonflies

colorless butterflies, moths, dragonflies and damselflies

 

Ingo Maurer catalog

Ingo autographed my catalog :)

 

Ingo Maurer catlalog JB Butterfly and Flatterby lamps

Johnny B. Butterfly and Flatterby

 

Dancing Insects Ingo Mauer Graham Owen

saturated with color

 

yellow butterfly close up

glowing with iridescent color - handmade - with pride

 

Sangdoo Shin and Graham Owen friends

enjoying time with friends

 

Graham, Laura, Marco, Lara and Salvatore having fun in Milan

having fun in Italy

 

Milan Italy

Milan is such a beautiful city

 

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New York City - Design Week - May 2017

Ingo Maurer SOHO NYC Showroom 2017

Ingo Maurer SOHO showroom front window

 

Ingo Maurer "Bulb Limited Fly" 12 pieces

"Bulb limited Fly" 12 pieces - "Bulb limited Heart" 88 pieces - "Bulb" original 1966 design

 

Graham Owen holding a handful of realistic houseflies next to Ingo Maurer "Bulb Limited"

Feeling incredibly proud to see my flies on Ingo's 50th anniversary "Bulb limited Fly"

 

Ingo Maurer and Graham Owen enjoying an afternoon in New York City

fun with my dear friend Ingo

 

Graham Owen butterfly on Ingo Maurer

delightfully happy

 

Rainbow colored butterfly a gift from Graham to Ingo

my gift for Ingo - a hand made rainbow butterfly

 

inside the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum in New York City

enjoying a wonderful afternoon in the living Butterfly Pavilion at the American Museum of Natural History

 

buttefly on Graham's fingers

gorgeous butterfly lands on my fingers - I feel blessed - this years trip to NYC was incredibly special !

 

 

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Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2017


Ingo Maurer Limited Edition Bulb with Graham Owen houseflies

Ingo and Graham with Ingo Maurer 50th anniversary lamp "Bulb limited Fly"

 

Ingo Maurer limited edition 50th anniversary Bulb 12 of which embellished with Graham Owen flies

12 of 200 limited edition bulbs are embellished with my flies

 

the most beautiful light comes from a human heart

the most beautiful light comes from a human heart....

 

Ingo Maurer Flatterby lamp on display in Milan Italy Rho Fiera

Ingo Maurer "Flatterby" lamp with Graham Owen insects

 

Modern Magazine Spring 2017 cover - Ingo Maurer Flatterby lamp

Flatterby lamp on cover of Modern Magazine

 

Sangdoo Shin Korean designer with Graham Owen at Bar Duomo Milan Italy

Enjoying time with a dear friend, Sangdoo Shin, - Korean lighting designer and Ingo Maurer distributor
(October 2015, I visited Korea with my son, and Sangdoo made our trip amazingly special)

 

Graham Owen, Yoshiji Baba, Takahiko Kojima, President Studio NOI,  Masako Ito Studio NOI

Fun evening with friends and VIP's from Japan

 

Ingo Maurer black tote bag Rho Fiera Milan Italy

Fly on the Bulb

 

boat ride photo at Como Lake Italy a beautiful place to visit

Fun day at Como Lake, Lombardy, Italy

 

Milan Cathedral Duomo di Milano

Milan Cathedral - Duomo di Milano


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Design Week - New York City - May 2016

New York City X Design week 2016

NYC X Design

 

Graham Owen SoHo NYC 2016 Ingo Maurer showroom with Flatterby lamp in front window

Flatterby lamp in front window - Ingo Maurer SoHo Manhattan showroom

 

Flatterby insects hand made by Graham Owen

Flatterby insects - each hand made with love

 

Graham Owen with Flatterby butterflies

having fun in NYC

 

Ingo Maurer NYC SoHo showroom

Ingo's SoHo showroom

 

Ingo Maurer showroom interior SoHo NYC 2016

beautiful lights

 

Ingo Maurer NYC showroom downstairs

downstairs

 

Graham Owen and Ingo Maurer New York City May 2016 NYC X Design SoHo

Ingo Maurer & Graham Owen - NYC X Design SoHo

 

close up detailed iew of Graham Owen small white butterflies made for Ingo Maurer

Five Butterflies - close up detail

 

Ingo Maurer Five Butterflies table lamp

Five Butterflies lamp - original prototype

 

5 Butterflies prototype lamp signed by Ingo Maurer

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"

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Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2016

Ingo Maurer Flatterby butterfly lamp

introducing Ingo Maurer's latest butterfly lamp "Flatterby"

 

JB Schmettering and Flatterby butterfly lamps by Ingo Maurer

my fingers will be busy - producing more beautiful butterflies

 

San Paolo Converso Milan - Ingo Maurer - Design Week Milan 2016

Milan Design Week 2016 - Ingo Maurer @ San Paolo Converso

 

San Paolo Converso interior with Ingo Maurer lighting

magnificent San Paolo Converso interior - where my butterflies love to fly

 

Ingo Maurer party - Milan Design Week 2016

Milan Design Week opening party

 

Ingo Maurer Flatterby lamp inside San Paolo Converso

late afternoon sunlight through windows creates a magical painterly effect

 

Graham Owen and Ingo Maurer

Graham Owen and Ingo Maurer

 

Moritz Waldemeyer and Graham Owen at Design Week Milan 2016

My amazing friend - world renowned artist and designer Moritz Waldemeyer - Ingo Maurer collaborator

 

Graham Owen and Sangdoo Shin

Enjoying time with Sangdoo Shin

 

Ingo Maurer Fly lamp

I Ricchi Poveri - Fly - in Milan

 

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Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2015

Ingo Maurer butterfly lamp

Ingo Maurer lamp - Five Butterflies - limited production of 200

 

detailed White Glider butterfly replica close up photo

close up view - each butterfly is handmade and unique

 

I Ricchi Poveri Fly Ingo Maurer table lamp with a replica fly made by Graham Owen

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.

 

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Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2014

Spazio Krizia Milano Desgin Week 2014

@ Spazio KRIZIA, Milan

 

I Ricchi Poveri Silver Bzzzz

I Ricchi Poveri Silver Bzzzz - limited edition - 50 pieces - SOLD OUT

 

I Ricchi Poveri Silver Bzzzz damselfly close up

handmade Damselfly - clad in sterling sliver

 

Horsefly lamp

Horsefly lamp prototype

 

artificial realistic horsefly replica

detail

 

Ingo Maurer Biotope table lamp

Beautiful light attracts beautiful insects - Ingo Maurer Biotope table lamp

 

Moritz Waldemeyer LED Candles and butterfly

My New Flame - LED Candles - and butterfly

 

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Design Week - New York City - May 2014

white butterfly lamp

art & design

 

Ingo Maurer SOHO showroom downstairs

Ingo Maurer lighting

 

Ingo Maurer and Graham Owen in New York City for ICFF Design Week May 2014

Ingo Maurer and Graham Owen @ Ingo Maurer SOHO showroom

 

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Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2013

Ingo Maurer and Graham Owen collaboration "Dragon Attack"

Dragon Attack

 

red dragonfly close up detail side view

no two are identical - each one hand made

 

Graham Owen red dragonfly replica art

pretty wings

 

Graham Owen helping compose the Ingo Maurer Dragon Attack

Graham - working and playing

 

Libellula rossa Attacco - Spazio Krizia Milano 2013

Dragon Attack - by Ingo Maurer - dragonflies and damselflies by Graham Owen

 

Ingo Maurer & Graham Owen s. Libellula Rossa - Spazio Krizia Milano 2013

s. Libellula Rossa - (red dragonflies) Spazio KRIZIA, Milano Italy

 

Dragon Attack and JB Dragonfly lights Spazio Krizia Milan 2013

"Dragon Attack" and limited edition "J.B. Dragonfly" light

 

Graham Owen

glowing dragons

 

Ingo Maurer and Graham Owen in Milan Italy Spazio Krizia - Design Week - April 2013

Ingo Maurer my dear friend and collaborator

 

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Ingo Maurer Butterfly Lamps - 2010 - 2017

available for purchase at fine stores globally

 

 


Ingo MaurerJohnny B. Butterfly lamp

Johnny B. Butterfly

 

Ingo Maurer J.B. Schmetterling limited edition light fixture

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

 

Green dragonfly and White glider butterfly close up the Johnny B. Butterfly light fixture

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 in Munich Germany

Graham Owen - JB Schmetterling - Ingo Maurer studio - Munich Germany April 2012

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Interior Design magazine cover June 2011 butterflies schmetterling

Interior Design magazine Market Tabloid cover page


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"Material Worlds", Sotheby's at Sudeley Castle, July 28th - September 30th 2011, London England

 

Ingo Maurer butterfly lamps on display in sudeley Castle England

Ingo Maurer LED Table and Ingo Maurer J.B. Schmetterling lights

 

Close up photo of Grhama Owen butterflies on Ingo Maurer lighting designs - photo courtesy of Sotheby's

Photos courtesy of Sotheby's

 

Sotheby's Material Worlds

 

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Ingo Maurer Lighting on Display

Ingo Maurer designer lighting inside the Spazio KRIZIA in milan Italy April 2011

Spazio KRIZIA - Milan Italy

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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

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Ingo Maurer Biotope

one of a kind chandelier




Ingo Maurer Biotope in the Spzio Krizia Milan Italy

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

 

Photo of the Butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, salamanders and snake on the Ingo Maurer Biotope inside the Spazio Krizia during design week 2011

I enjoyed making snakes and salamanders, to compliment the insects, as well as chase and eat them...

 

White Glider butterfly replicas flying in and out of an illuminated cave

Internally illuminated caves and tunnels add a sense of mystery

 

Sparkling cherub butterfly replica with glowing iridescent wings

Iridescent butterfly replica basks in delight

 

Yellow Buttercup butterfly replica model in flight, suspended with thin wire

Buttercup in Flight

 

Green salamander replica with a green dragonfly replica

Hungry Salamander

 

Pair of blue butterfly models in flight

Blue Morpho's in Flight

 

Box with green and turquoise beetle replicas

Turquoise and iridescent beetle replicas - 3 of 6 beetle species made for the Biotope

 

Framed and mounted real butterflies used for reference purposes to replicate realistic models

 

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

 

Ingo Maurer Biotope with two custom Johnny B. Schmetterling light fixtures

Beautiful Ingo Maurer Lighting Designs - J.B. Schmetterling light fixtures and Biotope

 

Graham Owen next to the Biotope in Milan

I had a fantastic time in Milan, such an amazing city

 

Biotope

Biotope in home


Ingo Maurer Spirits Flying High - Spazio Krizia Milan 2011 invitation

Exhibition Invitation

 

Spazio Krizia Milano 2011 invitation - Ingo Maurer

Spirits Flying High!

More than 3,000 people attended the opening night party on April 12th

 

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Ingo Maurer admiring insect replicas at my desk in Burbank California

Ingo Maurer in Los Angeles - 2010

 

Graham Owen in Munich Germany working on a small Biotope prototype

Graham in Munich Germany at Ingo Maurer design studio - December 2010

 

 

one of a kind Ingo Maurer biotope table lamp

one of a kind Ingo Maurer desk lamp

 

Ingo Maurer sponge and insect table lamp for his wife Jenny's birthday present

Birthday gift from Ingo to his wife Jenny

 

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Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2012

Ingo Maurer green Biotope Wall on display Spazio Krizia Milan Italy 2012

Ingo Maurer "Biotope Wall" - illuminated with LED Butterflies by Graham Owen 

This is going to a very wonderful new modern house in Switzerland

 

LED Butterflies

LED Butterflies

 

Ingo Maurer Green Wall with LED Butterflies

time for a few photos


Supernatural on request

Supernatural

 

LED butterflies illuminate green sea sponges

a fun collaboration

 

Ingo Maurer Spazio Krizia party - milan 2012 - Biotope wall with LED Butterflies made by Graham Owen

Design Week - Milan Italy - April 2012

 

 

Video

 

Graham Owen in Milan Italy

I love Milano!

 

LED Butterflies

pretty wings

 

House of Flies light fixture

"House of Flies" - one of a kind light fixture - on display Design Week 20012

 

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London Design Festival - September 2012

Ingo Maurer Red Dragonfly lamp

Ingo Maurer Red J.B. Dragonfly lamp

 

Ingo Maurer JB Dragonfly lamp on display at The Conran Shop London England 2012

Red J.B. Dragonfly lamp on display - The London Design Festival - Conran Shop

 

New York Times Home section - Ingo Maurer Red Dragonfly lamp

New York Times - Home section cover - September 27, 2012

 

Sotheby's 20th Century Design sale - Ingo Maurer JB Dragonfly lamp

Sotheby's 20th Century Design sale - November 2015

 

Sotheby's Design Sale JB Dragonfly lamp

Sold for 3x estimated price, $86,000.00

 

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A Few Photos from Milan

break of dawn view of Milan Central Station from my balcony at the Hotel New York Milan

Break of dawn view from my hotel room - Central Station Milano - 2013

 

Skylights Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall Milano Italy

Skylight

 

Milano Duomo pigeons

Duomo di Milano

 

Aerial view of the Milan Italy area seen from my Milan to Munich flight, April 2011

Departing Italy 2011

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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.

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Interesting Links

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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Purchase Ingo Maurer products

Ingo Maurer - web site - Germany

www.divafurniture.com - Los Angeles, Seattle
www.formplusfunction.com - Santa Fe
www.divafurnitureseattle.com - Seattle
www.lumens.com - Sacramento
www.luminaire.com - Miami, Chicago
www.olc152.com - Philadelphia
www.stardust.com Sonoma
www.scott+cooner.com Austin, Dallas

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