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Ingo Maurer Uchiwa Wall Lamp


Materials: Rice paper, bamboo, black painted iron, Bakelite socket.

Height: 60 cm / 23.62”

Width: 46 cm / 18.11”

Depth: 12 cm / 4.72”

Electricity: bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s.

Designer: Ingo Maurer in 1973.

Manufacturer: Design M, today named: Ingo Maurer GmbH, Kaiserstrasse 47, 80801 München.

Other versions: Made as a wall lamp (model III) big wall lamp (model IV), floor lamp (model I), table lamp (model II) and some variations. Also several chandeliers were produced. Often imitated!

Uchiwa is the Japanese word for fan and it is a traditional Japanese fan.  Originally these fans were made from big leaves and animal hair. The oldest fans can be seen in the records of ancient China, as well as the wall paintings of Ancient Egypt.

In the early 1970s, Maurer was particularly interested in Japan, which can be seen in his designs from that time, such as this series of lamps.

Ingo Maurer was born in 1932 on the Island of Reichenau, Bodensee (Lake Constance), Germany. He trained as typographer in Germany and in Switzerland. Ingo Maurer studies in graphic design from 1954 to 1958 and in 1960 he migrated to the USA and lived in New York and San Francisco were he worked as a freelance designer. In 1963 Maurer returned to Germany and settled in Munich.

In 1966 he founded his company Design M. and his first lamp was born: Bulb. Maurer received several design awards. His most well known lamps are on display in several museums such as the MoMA in New York. He designed the Bulb table lamp in 1966 and the Gulp desk lamp in 1969. The Light Structure pendant lamp as co-designer in 1970. His Little Black Nothing pendant lamp and the YaYaHo low-voltage halogen system in 1988. More recent lamps are: the Los Minimalos Dos desk lamp, the Lucellino Wall wall lamp, Wo bist Du, Edison…? pendant lamp, the Zettel’z chandelier, all in 1999. The Porca Miseria! chandelier dates from 2003.

In 2011 Ingo Maurer received the Compasso d‘Oro for lifetime achievement, awarded by the ADI (Italian Association for Industrial Design). He received numerous awards over the years.


Links (external links open in a new window)

Uchiwa fan on Wikipedia

Ingo Maurer website

Ingo Maurer on Wikipedia

Reichenau Island on Wikipedia

Ingo Maurer in the MoMA museum in New York

Uchiwa table lamp (not made by Design M), here on Vintageinfo

Many thanks to Hans from Objeta for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm.