A one meter long floating handle standing on its foot, made from elementary materials such as oak and steel, shaped in a very simple way, delivering an object without excess, vibrant and long-lasting. The light source is a linear LED bulb, designed to last and to be replaced over time. Each part of the lamp uses specific yet simple manufacturing processes, allowing parts to be made locally and by small businesses — however the apparent simplicity of the lamp requires quality craftsmanship as the UH70 lamp is an object where every action of the craftsman is visible and revealed.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, we were invited by Maison Mirbel to create an object inspired by the building’s architecture and spirit. Taking cues from the entrance door handles of the building’s apartments, UH70 is sculpted and shaped with a certain materiality that invites you to touch and turn the lamp, allowing the light to be directed on surfaces and objects. The project takes part of an ongoing series of collaboration between the client and designers that aim to produce a selection of curated original work.
photography © studio CPRV