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During Milan Design Week 2016, industrial lighting designer Ingo Maurer, exhibited in a Milan former church – San Paolo Converso church – his new lighting design collection: “Keep Balance”, “ Ru Ku Ku” and “Mickey’s Manifesto”. The historic former church, currently being used as the studio for architecture form CLS architetti became the stage for the exhibition where a range of Maurer’s known humorous industrial lighting collection pieces were displayed around the main space.
Like a pair of balances, Ru Ku Ku poises a clear bulb and a large egg at the two ends of a metal rod. the table lamp has a height of 60 cm and is rotatable through 360°. a joint in the shape of a ring allows adjusting the angle of the horizontal rod. the clear bulb is partly covered with a thin white silicone shade.
Keep balance is the LED version and a design variation of Ru Ku Ku. the piece is poised on a black and white body on and a flat white disk at the two ends of a metal rod. the table lamp has a height of 60 cm and is rotatable through 360°, with a joint in the shape of a ring allows adjusting the angle of the horizontal rod.
Mickey’s Manifesto is a fiber optic light dedicated to the classic disney character. when asked to create a piece with figures from the disney range, ingo maurer immediately settled on one of the original disney characters: mickey mouse. set on a black polished corian plate with four black, round legs, groups of mickey mouse figurines, plastic in red, white and black are set together highlighted by individual fiber optic strands.
Ingo Maurer does not only intervene at the Milan Design Week 2016 with the event – exposure in the space of San Paolo Converso, but he also signed a lighting project at the Urban Scale illuminating the Velasca Tower, the original skyscraper designed by BBPR that defines the skyline of Milan.