What if these fishes were lamps?

fish lamps

Impressive: that’s the word that describe the most recent work of the architect Frank Gehry, who has presented a new collection of his glowing Fish contemporain lamps made of jagged plastic scales.

He first produced his Fish Lamps between 1984 and 1986 using the then-new plastic laminate ColorCore. The fish scales were obtained thanks to After accidentally shattering a piece of ColorCore while working on a commission for Formica, he decided to use the broken shards as fish scales by glueing them onto wire armatures.

For this new group of Fish Lamps, he used larger and more jagged shards of ColorCore. Some of the lamps can be fixed vertically against a wall or pole, while others are placed on flat surfaces.

These fish lamps revolutioned the design field by assuming a whole new concept.

fish lamps

fish lamps

But Frank Gehry doesn’t limit itself to product design… look what he did in the architectural field.

In the city of Kobe, in a crappy docks neighborhood, a huge fish was the right gesture to distract visitors to the Fish Dance Restaurant (1986-1987). At the same time voluminous fish and thin billboard, the enormous sculpture is empty and clad with copper mesh, so that it is transparent or glimmers in the sun.

architectural fish

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