Frank Buchwald Machine Lights

The Machine Light Series The Series

Frank Buchwald’s machine lights exist in the realm beyond design trends or popular fashion. They are entities of a rich and unmistakeable identity, characterised by lack of compromise and the highest quality of artistic creation. A level of authoritative perfection situates them amongst the classics of sculptural design.

To classify Buchwald’s machine lights under ‘conventional lighting design’ would be to do them a great injustice. The lights are reminiscent of industrial machine aesthetics of the 20th century. However, contrary to ‘normal’ lights, where function determines design, Buchwald’s works neither limit nor subordinate themselves to the mere task of producing light: instead they reinterpret the task aesthetically in a fundamentally unique and exemplary way. Transcending the boundaries of classic design and escaping the constraints of the ‘merely functional’, the works explore new and as yet unseen aesthetic territory, highlighting the shared artistic essence of both light and machine.

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About The Designer

Frank Buchwald Design Berlin

Frank Buchwald Designer and manufacturer of furniture, lights, and objects. 
Stations Study of design at the University of the Arts Berlin.
Painter and freelance illustrator.
Self-employed since 1993 with his own workshop.
Interior design and manufacture of furniture and lights.

Since 2002: work on light objects.

Buchwald’s aesthetic is not bound by the need to apprehend the beautiful, the pleasing or the agreeably mundane. His lights bear marks of the sublime made manifest through relentless precision. Qualities of violence or brute force are not suppressed but rather lain bare as essential characteristics of the machine lights.

This is reflected in the classic materials Buchwald uses: burnished steel and brass, fiber and metal wiring, glass and – particularly in recent designs –stainless steel. Rather than obfuscating the tension between the diverse components of the lights, Buchwald integrates them seamlessly in contrasting aesthetic harmony.

The craftmanship and quality of his materials and production are outstanding. More impressive, however, is the persistently thorough and painstaking accuracy with which Buchwald builds the machine lights. His relentless pursuit of creative perfection has spanned over fifteen years, a progression distinctly evident in the culmination of each new work. Completed lights act as blueprints for subsequent designs, constantly being tested, reconceptualised, and optimised. The future of Buchwald’s machine lights is a continuing evolution whose progress can only be anticipated with great excitement.

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"He creates sculptural, handcrafted lights which adhere neither to form nor function, though light and statements they do make. Using burnished steel, brushed brass, textile cables, and blown glass, Buchwald‘s forms anthropomorphise the inanimate, calling to life the evergreen romanticism of machines."

in the Press Publications

"His work is a leap ahead in it’s sophistication and ability to ride that edge between art and sculpture and applied craft and function. His lamps, all handmade in Berlin, defy any logical business plan. Other than to make the best possible executions of his light visions possible…"

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Workshop of Frank Buchwald Boppstr.5 10967 Berlin

D-10967 Berlin/Kreuzberg
3.Hof, 3.OG (3nd backyard/3rd floor)

D-14059 Berlin (Cha)
Phone: +49-(0)30 - 34 70 48 02
Fax: +49-(0)30 - 34 70 48 01
Mobile: +49-(0)178 - 627 31 95
VAT ID: DE173955639


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