DESIGN

Apparatu Ceramics Studio

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And all of a sudden, the days became shorter and nights longer – I am only stating the reality here people. I know we are just not ready for winter yet. Looking at the bright side though, it is soon time to light up all those cool lamps you have around your house. Of course I don’t have to tell you guys this, but I guess you can never it too much. Lamps are super important when decorating.

In my working career I have been lucky enough to follow the steps of making lamps from the very beginning and when I was in Barcelona early this year with the design bloggers united, I visited Apparatu. A design studio and a pottery workshop that produces the Pleat Box and Scotch Club collection for Marset.

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It was extremely cool to visit the workshop, seeing how a clay-like mixture is turned into a lamp – all made by hand. We met the owner Xavier Manosa, a master ceramicist with a great attitude and great approach to design. For Marset they procude the Pleat Box lamp. A lamp shade that looks like fabric folded – but really it is made of ceramics. Not made really, handmade!

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The actual form with the creased look was created with a synthetic fabric and then translated into a digital model. Based on the model a mould was created and liquid clay is then being poured into it. A tiny aperture on the bottom of the mould releases the excess clay after a while and what remains inside is the beautiful lampshade. Drying, burning, sanding and glazing it are subsequent steps and at the end an almost poetic lampshade is born – ready to adorn contemporary homes.

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Photography by Allan Torp. 

Our tour and events was part of the Design Bloggers United Spain tour, and arranged for us by Spanish Design Companies Association RED (Reunión Empresas de Diseño). It’s formed to promote the spanish design in international markets.

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5 Comments

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    Steffen
    September 9, 2015 at 23:45

    Har jeg ønsket mig en Scotch Club i flere år, fantastisk lampe.

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      Allan
      September 12, 2015 at 20:09

      Den skal du da ha’.

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    Silvia Crown
    September 10, 2015 at 10:46

    I love it, thanks for sharing this fantastic experience!

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      Allan
      September 12, 2015 at 20:09

      You are so very welcome!

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