I designed this “EQUILIBRIUM” lamp inspired by the leaning tower of Pisa, an exercise in equilibrium vis-à-vis centre of gravity.
The salvaged light fitting is from a second-hand store, and the electrics were restored by RUUM GALLERY (Instagram: @ruum_gallery )
The base/pedestal is in Umbila, one of Mozambique’s timbers, and was made to my specifications. The wood was turned, waxed and polished by hand, by local carpenter Sr Vasco. I then assembled the parts by hand.
There is real beauty in the detailing of this light fitting. All I had to do was to bring it out of early retirement, and put it on a pedestal. The little on/off switch is oddly white, plastic, throwing out the metal/wood palette. But this “imperfection” only adds to its charm. Like a beautiful face with a mole.
Architect, Quality Systems Controller.
Founder and Principal of A OFICINA - Design e Arquitetura, E.I., a micro design and architecture studio based in Maputo that executes projects and idea-things.
I practice at the intersection between meaning, aesthetics and commerce.
As an external examiner of university student work, I look to architecture as an act of translation.
I am currently furthering my knowledge in M&E and Quality Management in order to integrate multidisciplinary teams and benefit others through transfer of skills learnt in the building industry.