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At the 2011 Euroluce show, Ingo Maurer, known for his wild lighting designs, unveiled two fabulous hanging lamps. One for mass-production, the other in a limited production. The Johnny B. Butterfly and the J.B. Schmetterling (Schmetterling is German for butterfly) lamps feature realistic butterflies, moths, and dragonflies that created by California artist Graham Owen.
above: Ingo Maurer in his Los Angeles studio working on the lamps
The Johnny B. Butterfly
The Johnny B. Butterfly version is made with a bulb that has a Teflon band on which two handmade butterflies and one dragonfly are perched. The lamp is fitted with a 105 watt bulb is made especially for Ingo Maurer GmbH and belongs to energy efficiency class C, which conforms to EU guidelines.
The Johnny B. Butterfly lamp will be mass-produced and was expected to be available for purchase by Autumn 2011 but is still not on the market. No known price as of yet.
above: the butterfly lamps featured with artwork by Graham Owen
The J.B. Schmetterling Lamp
The J.B. Schmetterling is a limited production and features more insects:
Ingo Maurers' butterfly lamps were shown in a Milan exhibition at Spazio Krizia in April, 2011:
images courtesy of Ingo Maurer and Graham Owen Gallery