Design – Inspired by nature’s beauty and the destruction of climate change, American artist and designer Fernando Mastrangelo has created the ‘earthy’ September floor lamp, envisioning a post-humanity sustainable future. Composed of hand-dyed sand and crushed glass, the design revives the artist’s early fascination with surrealism and further expands his signature visual language into lighting.
“September floor lamp has allowed me to experience a bit of faith as I imagine a world where nature survives us and possibly comes out on the other end looking even more beautiful in all its enduring strength.” Explains Fernando Mastrangelo.
The carved organic body of the floor lamp is composed of hand-dyed sand and crushed glass. Brass elements, hand-sculpted from tree branches scavenged from the artist’s home in upstate NY, bisect the stone-like body of the lamp in a way that is eerily unnatural yet harmonious.
“The conceptual message of this work gives me the freedom to play in a way I haven’t experienced before. In previous collections, I’ve done my best to emulate nature, its beauty and its decay, in homage and also in eulogy. The optimistic message of this collection gives me the freedom to return to my surrealist roots long dormant since grad school, but to return with all of the skills and craftsmanship that I’ve acquired over the decades.”
September floor lamp is the first work in a collection in progress entitled The Persistence of Nature. “People know my work for its conversation with climate change and my use of unique, natural materials. My challenge for the collection is to extend that conversation and push my signature materials to create work that will still surprise people.”
What strange and unique things come next on this earth is unknown, almost unimaginable, but the most important part is that something will come next. Hopefully, we’ll be there to witness it.
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All photos: courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo.