Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Enzo Mari-an Lamp By Kueng-Caputo

I am a fervent, if slack, fan of Enzo Mari's Autoprogettazione (1974), a critique of both the design world's preoccupation with elitist luxuries and global industry's dastardly disassociation of making and consumption, which takes the form of a sheaf of furniture designs you can make yourself with some 1-by pine boards and a hammer.

I am such a fan, in fact, that I have been making my own Autoprogettazione dining room table--using Ikea bookshelf components. It's taken me over a year of revisiting, lacquering, sanding, drying, procrastinating, &c.

And now the completion of my table will be delayed yet again as I build me one of these sweet-looking, Enzo Mari-inspired floor lamps designed by the New Yorko-Helvetian design duo Kueng-Caputo.

It was created for "Autoprogettazione Revisited," an exhibition of reinterpretations and new designs inspired by Mari's original self-made vision, which is on view at the Architecture Association's School of Architecture Gallery in London through October 27. Uh-whoops.

Fortunately, the plans for the pieces in the show are available online. [pdf]