Stop, Look, and Learn: Well of Life Lamp by Arik Levy
Somewhat of a favorite on 3rings, Arik Levy designs furniture and lighting that is graphic, geometric, and playful. Levy's Forest Stools and Structure Collection for the bath illustrate his focus on form and simplicity. Both feature intersecting lines that create different planes to entertain the eye. But his Well of Life lighting is created in a different vein, showing off curves instead.
Well of Life Lamp. Designed by Arik Levy.
Colorful Enamel Lamps are Larger Than Life
Big enough for someone to stick his head inside, the Well of Life light is whimsy at its finest. In lieu of angles, these cylindrical lamps revel in roundness. And their materials and colors command as much attention as a stoplight. Well of Life juxtaposes dark gray terracotta on the exterior with colored enamel on the interior. Intense greens, reds, and yellows direct our attention, making us stop to look at what lies within the light-it's almost as if Well of Life is imparting an important secret (we just have to decode its hidden message).
Also reminiscent of exhaust pipes on large ships, the Well of Life lamps prove that lighting can make us pay attention to what we might ordinarily miss-in this case, the inside of a lamp. This intensifies the very wonder of lighting. Levy believes that “design is an uncontrolled muscle.” Well of Life gets us to do a little exercise.
About the Designer: Born in Israel and currently working in Paris, Arik Levy leads a group of twenty designers and graphic artists, along with his associate Pippo Lionni. The firm produces brand identities, packaging, signage, exhibition and interior design. Levy himself is well-known for his furniture and signature rock sculptures, although he places importance on those living within his designs as opposed to the design itself: "The world is about people, not tables and chairs." Levy is also a photographer, artist, and filmmaker. In case that is not enough, Levy also creates hi-tech clothing lines for firms in the Far East.